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"The intellectualisation
of football has
always foundered
on a simple problem-
-the players. Doing
all your most
rewarding thinking
with your feet seems
to dull the philo-
sophical impulse.
Unless, of course,
you are Dutch.
According to legend,
Europeans played
a moronic, muscular
version of the world's
game, until Holland
proclaimed its vision
of total football in the
1974 World Cup,
and enlightenment
dawned."

From:
Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football
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UEFA Euro 2012 Poland & Ukraine
Group E - Qualifications

Sweden no match for Oranje

12 October 2010

Before the match some Swedish players were full of confidence and Ola Toivonen even dared to state that Sweden were favorites to win it. But words are but words and worth very little out there on the pitch. Holland were all over the Swedes from the start and took the lead after only four minutes when Klaas-Jan Huntelaar finished a Van der Vaart assist.

After the explosive start to the game Oranje then shifted down a gear, but still doubled the score when Ibrahim Afellay put his first international goal in the books on the half hour.

Sweden had one chance when Toivonen saw his arched shot go just wide.

Shortly after Holland had to make their first substitution. Dirk Kuyt was replaced by had to come off after he landed awkwardlyon his ankle. Jeremain Lens replaced the Liverpool striker.

In the second half Holland seemed to go goal crazy when Huntelaar and Afellay both scored their second within 15 minutes and Lens saw a fifth Dutch goal denied for offside.

Granqvist's goal then cooled the Dutch Frenzy.

The Dutch victory is an enormous step for Van Marwijk's side on the way to Poland and Ukraine. Holland remain unbeaten and deal a serious blow to Sweden, who were thought to be their main rival in Group E.

Netherlands

4-1

Sweden

 

Goals

4' K. Huntelaar 1-0
37' I. Afellay 2-0
55' K. Huntelaar 3-0
59' I. Afellay 4-0
    4-1 A. Granqvist 69'
 

Cards

    S. Larsson 49'
    O. Toivonen 66'
 

Lineups

M. Stekelenburg   A. Isaksson  
E. Pieters   A. Granqvist  
G. van der Wiel   B. Safari 46' O. Wendt
J. Heitinga   D. Majstorovic  
J. Mathijsen   M. Lustig  
I. Afellay   A. Svensson  
M. van Bommel 71' Brama S. Larsson  
R. Van der Vaart   J. Elmander  
W. Sneijder   O. Toivonen 79' M. Berg
D. Kuyt 29' J. Lens P. Wernbloom 54' K. Kallstrom
K. Huntelaar 84' R. Van Nistelrooy Z. Ibrahimovic  

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