Qualifying round (Group D) - 16/10/2012 - 20:00CET (21:00 local time) - Arena Națională - Bucharest
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Clinical Netherlands brush aside Romania

Published: Tuesday 16 October 2012, 22.45CET
Romania 1-4 Netherlands
Louis van Gaal's men tightened their grip on Group D with a resounding victory in front of a record crowd at Bucharest's National Arena.
by Paul Zaharia
Clinical Netherlands brush aside Romania
Rafael van der Vaart celebrates his goal on the stroke of half-time ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

RomaniaNetherlands

Goals scored1
 
4
Total attempts7
 
10
Attempts on target3
 
6
off target1
 
1
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners5
 
3
Offsides2
 
1
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed15
 
7
Fouls suffered6
 
14

Standings

Last updated: 18/04/2013 17:36 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
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Published: Tuesday 16 October 2012, 22.45CET

Clinical Netherlands brush aside Romania

Romania 1-4 Netherlands
Louis van Gaal's men tightened their grip on Group D with a resounding victory in front of a record crowd at Bucharest's National Arena.

The Netherlands maintained their perfect start to FIFA World Cup qualifying with an emphatic 4-1 Group D success against Romania at Bucharest's National Arena. 

The home side gave a record crowd of 53,329 little to cheer as the Oranje controlled proceedings with confidence. Jeremain Lens set them on their way after nine minutes, before young defender Bruno Martins Indi made it two. Ciprian Marica halved the deficit but Romania's joy was short-lived as Rafael van der Vaart scored from the spot on the stroke of half-time. Robin van Persie's late strike compounded the locals' misery. 

On the back foot for long stretches, it was the hosts who showed early sparkle, Gabriel Torje rattling the bar with a well-driven free-kick. That close shave came back to haunt them moments later when Lens found the net with a precise header, before Martins Indi deflected Van der Vaart's inviting delivery past goalkeeper Ciprian Tătăruşanu.

Romania refused to lie down and conjured a reply five minutes before the interval, Marica capping a mesmerising run with a controlled finish. Victor Piţurcă's side became architects of their own downfall, though, as Gabriel Tamaș felled Luciano Narsingh inside the area and Van der Vaart dispatched the penalty.

Louis van Gaal's men continued to hold sway after the break, holding their opponents at bay with one hand and dictating the game with the other. Van Persie excelled up front and was almost rewarded with a goal when Tătărușanu tipped his stinging header round a post. The Manchester United FC striker would make his mark four minutes from time, showing predatory instinct to convert from close range.

Last updated: 18/10/12 15.11CET

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Lineup

Romania

Romania

Netherlands

Netherlands

12Ciprian Tătăruşanu (GK)1Maarten Stekelenburg (GK)
3Răzvan Raţ (C)
Yellow Card82
2Ricardo van Rhijn
4Gabriel Tamaş
Yellow Card45+2
3John Heitinga
5Alexandru Bourceanu
Yellow Card16
Substitution61
4Ron Vlaar
6Vlad Chiricheş5Bruno Martins Indi
Goal29
9Ciprian Marica
Goal40
6Nigel de Jong
11Gabriel Torje
Substitution66
7Luciano Narsingh
13Gheorghe Grozav
Substitution75
8Kevin Strootman (C)
Yellow Card53
15Dorin Goian9Robin van Persie
Goal86
18Mihai Pintilii10Rafael van der Vaart
Goal45+2
Substitution76
19Bogdan Stancu11Jeremain Lens
Goal9
Yellow Card83
Substitution89

Substitutes

1Costel Pantilimon (GK)23Kenneth Vermeer (GK)
2Srgian Luchin22Michel Vorm (GK)
7Alexandru Chipciu12Daryl Janmaat
8Costin Lazăr
Substitution61
13Douglas
10Adrian Mutu
Substitution75
14Nick Viergever
14Iasmin Latovlevici16Jordy Clasie
16Răzvan Cociş17Eljero Elia
Substitution89
17Valerică Găman18Urby Emanuelson
20Alexandru Maxim19Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
21Adrian Popa
Substitution66
20Ibrahim Afellay
Substitution76
22Florin Gardoş21Dirk Kuyt
23Dragoş Grigore

Coach

Victor Piţurcă (ROU) Louis van Gaal (NED)

Referee

Craig Thomson (SCO)

Assistant referees

Alasdair Ross (SCO), Derek Rose (SCO)

Fourth official

John Beaton (SCO)

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

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