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WC qualifiers: Romania crushed 4-0 in Amsterdam

The Netherlands maintained their perfect FIFA World Cup qualifying Group D record, making it six straight wins with an accomplished success against Romania: 4-0 in Amsterdam on Tuesday night, uefa.com reports.In 12th minute Jeremain Lens stole the ball from Romania captain Razvan Rat and his cross was cushioned back into the path of Van der Vaart who marked his 105th cap with a fine goal from the edge of the box.Though the Oranje pressure was intense, the scores could have been level courtesy of a quick Romanian break, only for Adrian Popa to direct his effort narrowly wide of Kenneth Vermeer’s goal. However, Robin van Persie ended any speculation about which way the game was going with two goals in the space of nine minutes early in the second half. On 56 minutes the Manchester United FC forward met Arjen Robben’s centre from the left to arc a header past Costel Pantilimon; he then registered from the spot after Florin Gardos had brought down Lens.

The gloss was added by Lens in added time (90+3), pouncing on the rebound after Adam Maher’s shot was parried by Pantilimon. “Nothing worked right tonight. Steaua’s players were tired, they didn’t carru out my instructions. (…) It is not the moment for me to quit”, coach Victor Piturca told TVR1 after the game.In his turn Dutch coach Louis van Gaal said: “That was the best game ever since I’m in charge with this team. (…) I noticed Romania tried to attack more than Estonia or Andorra which is very good for them”.Also on Tuesday in Group D Turkey- Hungary 1-1 and Estonia – Andorra 2-0. The Netherlands leads the group with 18 points, followed by Hungary 11 points, Romania 10 points, Turkey 7, Estonia 6 and Andorra 0. For keeping hopes for Brazil it is crucial for Romania to win both matches against Hungary and Turkey this autumn in Bucharest.

 

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