Qualifying round (Group D) - 06/09/2013 - 20:30CET (21:30 local time) - Lilleküla Stadium - Tallinn
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Last-gasp Van Persie rescues Netherlands

Published: Saturday 7 September 2013, 0.04CET
Estonia 2-2 Netherlands
Louis van Gaal's side dropped points for the first time in qualifying but had Robin van Persie's added-time penalty to thank for earning even a point.
by Berend Scholten
Last-gasp Van Persie rescues Netherlands
Estonia celebrate one of Konstantin Vassiljev's double ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

EstoniaNetherlands

Goals scored2
 
2
Total attempts7
 
19
Attempts on target4
 
9
off target2
 
8
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners2
 
5
Offsides1
 
2
Yellow cards5
 
3
Red Cards1
 
0
Fouls committed10
 
11
Fouls suffered10
 
10

Standings

Last updated: 11/09/2013 08:13 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Published: Saturday 7 September 2013, 0.04CET

Last-gasp Van Persie rescues Netherlands

Estonia 2-2 Netherlands
Louis van Gaal's side dropped points for the first time in qualifying but had Robin van Persie's added-time penalty to thank for earning even a point.

The Netherlands dropped points for the first time in their FIFA World Cup qualifying Group D campaign, but had Robin van Persie's added-time penalty to thank for taking a point in Tallinn.

After going ahead after two minutes, the Dutch found themselves facing defeat following a pair of strikes from Konstantin Vassiljev. However, Raio Piiroja was dismissed after bringing down Van Persie in the area in the 93rd minute and the Manchester United FC forward did not fail from the spot to ensure his side have a six-point lead over Romania in the section.

After opening with six straight wins it was little surprise to see the visitors go ahead so early, Arjen Robben penetrating down the right before cutting on to his left foot and curling a trademark shot into the far corner.

Wesley Sneijder and Van Persie both failed to convert good chances to double the score and Estonia seized the opportunity to punish the Netherlands as Vassiljev gave Michel Vorm no chance with a well-placed effort on 18 minutes.

The Oranje continued to control the game but could find no way through and defensive confusion involving Bruno Martins Indi allowed Vassiljev the chance to lob in his second. Despite constant Dutch pressure it appeared Estonia would hold on but in added time Piiroja gained a second yellow card for his foul in the area and Van Persie drove in to deny Tarmo Rüütli's side a famous win.

Last updated: 07/09/13 0.40CET

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Lineup

Estonia

Estonia

Netherlands

Netherlands

1Sergei Pareiko (GK)
Yellow Card90+6
1Michel Vorm (GK)
4Raio Piiroja
Yellow Card72
Red Card90+3
2Daryl Janmaat
5Dmitri Kruglov3Stefan de Vrij
Substitution67
6Aleksandr Dmitrijev
Yellow Card90+2
4Bruno Martins Indi
Yellow Card72
7Joel Lindpere
Substitution85
5Jetro Willems
Substitution75
8Henri Anier
Substitution56
6Stijn Schaars
11Henrik Ojamaa
Substitution90+6
7Jeremain Lens
Substitution67
13Martin Vunk8Kevin Strootman
14Konstantin Vassiljev
Goal18
Goal57
Yellow Card90+3
9Robin van Persie (C)
Goal90+4
15Ragnar Klavan (C)10Wesley Sneijder
17Enar Jääger11Arjen Robben
Goal2
Yellow Card86

Substitutes

12Mihkel Aksalu (GK)22Kenneth Vermeer (GK)
22Artur Kotenko (GK)23Jeroen Zoet (GK)
3Mikk Reintam
Substitution90+6
12Paul Verhaegh
9Tarmo Kink13Jeffrey Bruma
Substitution67
10Sergei Zenjov
Substitution56
14Ron Vlaar
16Sergei Mošnikov16Jonathan De Guzmán
Substitution75
18Ats Purje17Ruben Schaken
19Siim Luts19Ricky van Wolfswinkel
20Gert Kams
Substitution85
20Adam Maher
21Jarmo Ahjupera21Dirk Kuyt
Substitution67
Yellow Card90+7
23Taijo Teniste

Coach

Tarmo Rüütli (EST) Louis van Gaal (NED)

Referee

Serhiy Boiko (UKR)

Assistant referees

Oleksandr Korniyko (UKR), Volodymyr Volodin (UKR)

Fourth official

Yaroslav Kozyk (UKR)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

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