Netherlands thrash San Marino 11-0

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Netherlands thrash San Marino 11-0

The Dutch team recorded their biggest win ever with an 11-0 hammering of San Marino at the Philips Stadion on Friday night. Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk had included Erik Pieters and Kevin Strootman in the starting line-up. Georginio Wijnaldum was brought on as a substitute for Kevin Strootman, whilst Jeremain Lens was a substitute not used.

Georginio Wijnaldum Georginio Wijnaldum

The Dutch team recorded their biggest win ever with an 11-0 hammering of San Marino at the Philips Stadion on Friday night. Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk had included Erik Pieters and Kevin Strootman in the starting line-up. Georginio Wijnaldum was brought on as a substitute for Kevin Strootman, whilst Jeremain Lens was a substitute not used.

<b>Wijnaldum scored a goal on his Holland debut</b>
The Oranje had nothing to fear from minnows San Marino and put their defence under pressure from the first whistle, creating chances galore throughout the match and scoring a record eleven goals. The hosts cruised into a 3-0 lead after seventeen minutes thanks to goals from Robin van Persie, John Heitinga and Wesley Sneijder. Three goals up by half-time, Bert van Marwijk´s men stepped up a gear after the break. Three more goals from Robin van Persie, combined with two for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and one for Dirk Kuyt, Wesley Dirk Kuyt and substitute Georginio Wijnaldum helped Oranje to maintain a 100% record in UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying Group E. Georginio Wijnaldum replaced PSV team-mate Kevin Strootman with five minutes remaining and capped his debut with a goal in the 90th minute.

<b>Hungary beat Sweden</b>
Hungary drew level on points with second-placed Sweden in Group E following a 2-1 surprise win over the Scandinavian team in Budapest. Imre Szabics scored the opening goal for the Hungarians on the stroke of half-time. Christian Wilhelmson netted a second-half equaliser for the visitors but Gergely Rudolf scored the winning goal in the 90th minute. Hungary were without Balázs Dzsudzsák, while keeper Andreas Isaksson played the full 90 minutes for Sweden. Ola Toivonen came off the bench after 68 minutes. Following Sweden’s defeat, Netherlands have collected 21 points from seven qualifying games and are six points clear atop Group E. Finland, who will play host to the Dutch team in Helsinki next Tuesday, cruised to a 4-1 home triumph over Moldavia.

International round-up

Belgium’s hopes of qualifying for the Euro 2012 championship were severely dented after a late goal from Rauf Aliyev earned Azerbaijan a 1-1 draw. Georges Leekens´ men, among whom PSV forward Dries Mertens, completely dominated proceedings but failed to score a goal. After the break, the Red Devils were awarded a penalty. Former PSV player Timmy Simons duly stepped up to convert the spot-kick, but Belgium suffered a blow to their chances when they conceded an equaliser five minutes from time. Tim Matavz´ Slovenia suffered a 2-1 home defeat against Estonia. PSV´s last summer signing equalised in the 78th minute, but only three minutes later Slovenia conceded a second goal. Manolev had not been called up to the match squad of Bulgaria, who slipped to a 0-3 defeat at home to England.

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