Netherlands 4 Romania 0
Netherlands 4 Romania 0, Amsterdam Arena, FIFA World Cup Qualifier, March 26, 2013. Manchester United´s Robin van Persie hit a brace as Holland beat Romanio 4-0. The Flying Dutchmen were 1-0 up at the break thanks to Rafael van der Vaart, while a double from Van Persie and a single by Jeremain Lens in the second period completed the scoresheet.
Robin van Persie came close to scoring for the Netherlands after nine minutes when his close range shot flew a few inches over the crossbar. The Dutch continued their attacking play and Louis van Gaal´s men were rewarded when Hamburg´s Rafael van der Vaart opened the scoring account for the home team with a well placed effort from outside the 18-yard area in the 12th minute of the World Cup Qualifier in Amsterdam. Following the resumption, Van Persie made it 2-0 to the hosts as he headed home a cross ball from Bayern Munich flank forward Arjen Robben eleven minutes into the second period. And nine minutes later, Van Persie completed his brace when the notorius goal plunderer netted from the spot after PSV Eindhoven winger Jeremain Lens had been brought down inside the penalty box. Lens then scored the final goal of the evening in the 90th minute of the encounter as he found the back of the net from close range after Manchester City and Romania goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon had failed to hold a shot from AZ Alkmaar´s Adam Maher.
A prolific goal plunderer with both head and feet, Van Persie had made his senior debut for the Netherlands when he took the field as a second half replacement for Manchester United forward Ruud van Nistelrooy in a 2–0 World Cup Qualifying win over Romania at the Feyenoord Stadium in Rotterdam on the 4th of June 2005 and proceeded to produce his first goal for his country in a 4-0 World Cup Qualifying victory against Finland at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki four days later. Netherlands Team: Kenneth Vermeer, Stefan De Vrij, Daryl Janmaat, Daley Blind, Bruno Martins Indi, Jonathan De Guzman, Arjen Robben, Kevin Strootman, Rafael van der Vaart, Jeremain Lens, Robin Van Persie. Substitutes: Maarten Stekelenburg, Michel Vorm, Joris Mathijsen, Ricardo Van Rhijn, Ron Vlaar, Jordy Clasie, Siem De Jong, Adam Maher, Ruben Schaken, Tonny Vilhena, Ola John, Dirk Kuyt. Romania Team: Costel Pantilimon, Vlad Chiriches, Gabriel Tamas, Razvan Rat, Florin Gardos, Alexandru Bourceanu, Adrian Popa, Mihai Pintilii, Cristian Tanase, Gheorghe Grozav, Bogdan Stancu. Substitutes: Ciprian Tatarusanu, Srdjan Luchin, Alexsandru Chipciu, Dragos Grigore, Alexandru Maxim, Gabriel Torje, Adrian Mutu, Claudiu Keseru, Stefan Radu, Raul Rusescu, Silviu Lung.