UEFA Euro 2012 Poland & Ukraine
Group E - Qualifications
Oranje maintain perfection, beat Finland
The Netherlands closed in on qualification
for Euro 2012 with a 2-0 win over 10-man Finland on
Kevin Strootman latched onto Wesley Sneijder's chipped
through ball to score the first goal with a delicately
placed flick in the 30th minute.
Finland's Perparim Hetemaj was sent off for a second
booking in the 60th before Luuk de Jong wrapped up the
win in injury time with a deftly sidefooted finish.
The Dutch - ranked No. 1 - maintained their 100 percent
record in Group E, moving onto 24 points from eight
games. Finland has nine points.
Snejder's passes produced further chances for Eljero
Elia and Robin van Persie, but Finland goalkeeper Lukas
Hradecky denied them. Van Persie put the ball in the
net from a Snejder free-kick after just 15 minutes,
but was ruled offside by the linesman.
Finland came closest with a Kasper Hamalainen lob over
out-rushing Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, but
Erik Pieters got back in time to clear the lofted shot
off the line.
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