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RVP sends Dutch to Brazil

11 September 2013, 09:45

London - Forward Robin van Persie has scored twice as the Netherlands qualified for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil with a 2-0 away win over Andorra in Group D on Tuesday.

Van Persie's stinging shot from outside the area in the 49th minute opened the scoring for the Dutch - the first team from Europe to book a place at next year's finals - and four minutes later he scored with a tap-in after a defensive blunder.

The win in Andorra-la-Velle against a defensive home side put the Netherlands on 22 points and beyond the reach of their group rivals after Romania earlier lost 2-0 at home to Turkey.

It is the 10th time the Netherlands have qualified for the World Cup finals.

They were runners-up in 1974, 1978 and at the last tournament in South Africa in 2010.

European zone World Cup qualifying results on Tuesday:

Group A:
Macedonia 1 (Kostovski 84) Scotland 2 (Anya 60, Maloney 89)
Wales 0 Serbia 3 (Djordjevic 8, Kolarov 38, Markovic 55)

Group B:
Armenia 0 Denmark 1 (Agger 73-pen)
Italy 2 (Chiellini 51, Balotelli 54-pen) Czech Republic 1 (Kozak 19)
Malta 1 (Herrera 78) Bulgaria 2 (Dimitrov 9, Gargorov 59)

Group C:
Kazakhstan 0 Sweden 1 (Ibrahimovic 1)
Austria 1 (Alaba 84) Republic of Ireland 0
Faroe Islands 0 Germany 3 (Mertesacker 23, Ozil 74-pen, Mueller 84)

Group D:
Romania 0 Turkey 2 (B. Yilmaz 22, Erding 90+5)
Andorra 0 Netherlands 2 (van Persie 50, 54)
Hungary 5 (Klavan 11-o.g., Hajnal 21, Bode 41, Nemeth 69, Dzsudzsak 85) Estonia 1 (Kink 48)

Group E:
Norway 0 Switzerland 2 (Schaer 12, 51)
Cyprus 0 Slovenia 2 (Novakovic 12, Ilicic 80)

Group F:
Russia 3 (V. Berezutsky 49, Kokorin 52, Glushakov 74) Israel 1 (Zahavi 90+3)
Luxembourg 3 (Joachim 45+2, Bensi 78, Jaenisch 87) Northern Ireland 2 (Paterson 14, McAuley 82)

Group G:
Lithuania 2 (Matulevicius 18, Kijanskas 40) Liechtenstein 0
Slovakia 1 (Hamsik 42) Bosnia-Herzegovina 2 (Bicakcic 70, Hajrovic 78)
Greece 1 (Salpingidis 58) Latvia 0

Group H:
England 0 Ukraine 0
San Marino 1 (Alessandro Della Valle 22) Poland 5 (Zielinski 10, 66, Blaszczykowski 23, Sobota 33, Mierzejewski 75)

Group I:
Georgia 0 Finland 1 (Eremenko 74-pen)

- Reuters


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