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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

Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football

Another easy victory for Dutch team

Wednesday 01 April 2009

Holland are virtually qualified for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa after another easy 3-0 victory over Macedonia.

The score was reached at half-time.

The game had an almost similar scenario as Saturday's game against Scotland, as tonight too the opposition was able to keep pace with the Dutch in the first fifteen minutes, but after Holland scored the first goal all resistance was broken.

It was a fine goal by Dirk Kuyt, who once again showed just why he is valued by every coach and team he has played for.

Industrial on the right wing, working hard and showing the mentality needed, but also connecting with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar in the box at the right moments and adding extra danger to the Dutch forward moves.

After 15 minutes Kuyt opened the score from a rebound on an Arjen Robben shot, 10 minutes later Klaas-Jan Huntelaar doubled the score with a clinical finish and 15 minutes after that Kuyt scored his second of the night when Wesley Sneijder sent him on his way to the Macedonian goal.

It meant that all was decided before the break, and frankly the Macedonians asked for it.

Playing with five defenders - three in the center and two on the wings - is a pretty old fashioned way of playing football, and it gave the Dutch midfielders all the time in the world to set up the Dutch forward moves.

After the break coach Bert van Marwijk took of Arjen Robben who had taken a few knocks in the first 45 minutes and replaced him with Ryan Babel.

But despite the new blood in their ranks Holland took it easy in the second half only to see Rafael van der Vaart score a fourth in the 88th minute.

The clean sheet meant a new though meaningless record for Oranje, with five clean sheets in a home game in a World Cup qualifier.

All in all a 4-0 win and the virtual qualification for the World Cup should satisfy everyone involved although it can be argued that the fans who paid good money for their seats could have been offered a bit more entertainment in the second half.

Poland tonight showed that it doesn't have to be over when a clear margin has been established at half time, as they beat San Marino 10-0.



Robben: "Hard to grasp"
Van Bommel after defeat: "I'm a little speechless"
Van Marwijk: "In no mood to get negative"
Flat Dutch don't know what to do with 20+ chances
Netherlands-Denmark: lineup
Joris Mathijsen recovering well
Cruyff: "Kuyt at right back"
Mathijsen still uncertain - could miss entire tournament
Holland and Denkmark: head-to-head
Van Persie seems worth the confidence
Van Marwijk again opts for Van Persie instead of Huntelaar
Huntelaar: "Upset is not the right the word"
Ron Vlaar: "I know what I am capable of"
Van Marwijk: "We remained disciplined"
Ibi and Rafa show manager he has options
Ibrahim Afellay Oranje's Zidane?
Van Marwijk looking for certainties
Cruijff: "Not enough depth in your game is asking for trouble"
Bouma: "I've gone through the desert"
Van Persie: "Defeat at this point not a problem"
Euro 2012 finals squad
Mathijsen strains muscle
Bulgarians surprise Oranje
Ola Toivonen's goal sees Sweden beat Holland and qualify
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar sinks Moldova
Oranje maintain perfection, beat Finland
Netherlands thrash San Marino in Euro 2012 qualifier
Kuyt kills off brave Hungary for Netherlands
Oranje trash Hungary
Sweden no match for Oranje
Van Marwijk: "We left them without chance"
Dirk Kuyt out for months
"We are prepared for all scenarios"
Minimal but easy win for Holland in Moldavia
Van Marwijk: "We played very well"
Holland want result after tumultuous week
Van der Vaart to replace De Jong
"This case only has losers"
Van Marwijk drops Nigel de Jong
Holland & Moldavia: head-to-head
Holland & Sweden: head-to-head
Wisgerhof replaces Maduro
Bouma back on the radar
Netherlands - Finland 2-1
Van Marwijk: "We were late all over the pitch"
Van Bommel: "There wasn't anymore in it"
Heitinga: "That can not happen"
Van der Vaart unhappy with role on the side
Kuyt and Boulahrouz out with injury
"It all revolves around Jari Litmanen"
Sneijder: "Don't tinker with it"
Alonso: "No hard feelings"
Van Marwijk: "Second half was better"
San Marino-Netherlands 0-5
Oranje: a new mission