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Dutch reap late reward

Published: Friday 3 June 2005, 22.50CET
Netherlands 2-0 Romania Two Dutch goals in the final four minutes throw Group 1 wide open.
Published: Friday 3 June 2005, 22.50CET

Dutch reap late reward

Netherlands 2-0 Romania Two Dutch goals in the final four minutes throw Group 1 wide open.

By Berend Scholten

Two goals in the final four minutes gave the Netherlands a priceless victory against Romania that throws UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 1 wide open.

Dutch dominant
First-placed Romania were hoping to extend their one-point lead over the Czech Republic, not in action tonight, but the Dutch knew they could draw level with the team in second if they prevailed in Rotterdam, and the home team dominated against their physically tough visitors.

Vital goals
Twenty minutes in Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was sent through on goal, but denied by the visiting custodian. It seemed that would be the best Dutch chance, but with time running out when Feyenoord midfielder Nicky Hofs struck and Huntelaar confirmed the win in the final minute, crucially matching Romania’s 2-0 win against the Netherlands in March to cancel out their head-to-head advantage.

Midweek encounters
The Dutch, who only trail the Czechs on goal difference but have played a game more, visit Finland on Tuesday. Romania, on who the Czechs have two matches in hand, wait until Wednesday before welcoming Armenia - by which stage they could have fallen to third if the Dutch defeat the Finns and the Czechs overcome F.Y.R. Macedonia.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.29CET

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Lineups

Netherlands

Netherlands

Romania

Romania

1
PasveerRemko Pasveer (GK)
1
HutanSebastian Hutan (GK)
2
VerhaeghPaul Verhaegh
2
RădoiSorin Rădoi
3
KruiswijkArnold Kruiswijk
Yellow Card75
3
David DanielAlexandru David Daniel
4
ZomerRamon Zomer
4
NeşuMihai Neşu
Yellow Card55
5
van MosselveldFrank van Mosselveld
Yellow Card71
5
GoianLucian Goian
6
HofsNicky Hofs (C)
Goal87
Yellow Card90+3
6
HereaOvidiu Herea
Substitution79
7
De RidderDaniël de Ridder
Substitution70
7
Andrei CristeaAndrei Cristea
Yellow Card24
8
BraafheidEdson Braafheid
Substitution65
8
CocişRăzvan Cociş
9
HuntelaarKlaas-Jan Huntelaar
Goal90+4
9
MaricaCiprian Marica
Substitution72
10
CastelenRomeo Castelen
10
FlorescuGeorge Florescu
Yellow Card29
11
RojerEldridge Rojer
Substitution46
11
NicoliţăBănel Nicoliţă
Yellow Card38
Substitution89

Substitutes

16
WintjensDanny Wintjens (GK)
12
MincăMihai Mincă (GK)
12
DenissenHans Denissen
Substitution65
13
MurganMadalin Murgan
13
JennerJulian Jenner
Substitution70
14
FrasinescuCosmin Frasinescu
14
De ZeeuwDemy de Zeeuw
Substitution46
15
PulhacCristian Pulhac
15
El GaaouriSamir El Gaaouri
16
IzvoreanuSilviu Izvoreanu
Substitution79
17
WolfgangJerrel Wolfgang
17
CureleaCostin Curelea
Substitution72
18
KerstensBenny Kerstens
18
ChiacuHristu Chiacu
Substitution89

Coach

Foppe de Haan (NED) Florin Marin (ROU)

Referee

Igor Ishchenko (UKR)

Assistant referees

Vasyl Olshanetskyy (UKR), Oleksandr Bilorus (UKR)

Fourth official

Vitaliy Godulyan (UKR)

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