Dutch breeze past Sweden

Dutch breeze past Sweden

A strong Dutch team easily defeated Sweden on Tuesday evening. The European Cup qualification match ended in a 4-1 win for the Dutch. Maarten Stekelenburg and Gregory van der Wiel played the whole match. Former Ajax player Klaas Jan Huntelaar scored twice. Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld also played European Cup qualification matches for their countries.

The Dutch team remained undefeated on home soil for the 26th straight time in European and World Cup qualifications. The Dutch won convincingly against Sweden. After four qualification matches for Euro 2012, the Netherlands still have full marks. Huntelaar opened the score in the fourth minute. Ibrahim Afellay scored the Dutch’s second goal before halftime. After the break, the former Ajax striker and PSV midfielder both scored again. FC Groningen player Andreas Grandqvist scored for Sweden midway through the second half, 4-1.

Just as they did last Friday, Stekelenburg and Van der Wiel both played the entire game. Urby Emanuelson, who came in as a substitute against Moldavia, watched the match from the stands, as did Demy de Zeeuw. Former Ajax player Zlatan Ibrahimovic played the entire match. Sweden’s captain was in the ArenA two weeks ago, playing with AC Milan against Ajax.

Belgium played Austria in another European Cup qualification match. After posting an earlier win against Kazachstan, their match against the Austrians was less successful. The match ended at 4-4, and the Belgians thus gained nothing from pool mate Turkey’s loss. Vertonghen received a spot on the squad at left back from coach Georges Leekens. Last Friday, he had watched from the sidelines. Alderweireld saw action for one half as right back. Ajax’s central defensive duo took charge of Belgium’s wings for the first half. Alderweireld was substituted in the second half.
Denmark posted a 2-0 win over Cyprus. Ajax midfielder Eriksen saw action in the last 25 minutes, substituting for former Ajax player Michael Krohn-Dehli.

Earlier on, Luis Suarez and Uruguay played a practice interland in China. After their 7-1 win against Indonesia (three goals for Suarez), the World Cup’s number four team was also successful in China. The second and last practice match of their Asian trip resulted in a 4-0 win. The victory came in the last twenty minutes, via a Chinese own goal, and three Uruguay goals.

Jong Oranje didn’t manage to place for the European Cup Under 21 on Tuesday night. In Valeriy Lobanovsky Stadium, where Ajax had previously played Dinamo Kiev in the Champions League qualifying round, Jong Oranje’s 2-0 victory wasn’t enough to qualify. After their 3-1 loss last Saturday, national coach Cor Piet’s team needed at least a three goal difference to earn a spot. The Dutch team came up one goal short. Daley Blind, who was the only Ajax player in the selection after Siem de Jong bowed out due to injury, remained on the side-lines in Kiev.