A booked spot in World Cup 2014 did not prevent Holland from putting on a memorable goal-scoring clinic against Hungary with an 8-1 drubbing at Amsterdam Arena on Friday in UEFA World Cup qualifying.
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie scored a hat trick, while Kevin Strootman, Jermain Lens, Rafael Van der Vaart, and Arjen Robben each added a goal. The flood gates opened in the 16th minute, when Van Persie scored the first of his three goals with a header. Van Persie, who became the Netherlands' all-time leading scorer, would later add a header goal in the 44th minute and tapped in his final goal in the 53rd.
The Dutch had a 4-0 lead at halftime with strikes from Strootman in the 25th minute and Lens in the 38th.
A chance for a clean sheet for goalkeeper Michel Vorm was dashed by Balázs Dzsudzsák, who scored off a penalty kick in the 47th minute.
Szilárd Devecseri did his side no favors with an own goal in the 65th minute. Goalkeeper Adam Bogdan’s torture continued late into the match with goals from Van der Vaart in the 86th minute and Robben in the 90th.
The Netherlands took 23 shots with 10 on goal, while Hungary took 13 shots with four on target. Possession was one-sided with the Dutch controlling the ball for 74 percent of the match.
Hungary are still in the hunt for a second-place spot in Group D with 14 points. Turkey and Romania have 16 points.
Hungary host Andorra in the final match of qualifying on Tuesday, while Netherlands travel to Turkey.
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