Van Persie breaks Cruyff record in Holland rout

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Manchester United forward Robin van Persie moved clear of Dutch legend Johan Cruyff in the Netherland's highest scorer table thanks to a brace against Romania last night.

Van Persie moved to 34 goals for the Oranje in their 4-0 World Cup qualifier win in Amsterdam last night, helping Louis Van Gaal's side increase their gap at the top of Group D to seven points from Hungary, who drew 1-1 with Turkey.

The Manchester United forward got on the scoresheet after 56 minutes to add to Rafael Van der Vaart's early opener, tucking home a header after some fine work from Arjen Robben.

A second followed nine minutes later, with Van Persie slotting home from the penalty spot after Jeremain Lens had been fouled in the area. Lens then completed the rout in extra-time.

Van Persie's goals mean he is now one clear of Cruyff's tally of 33, and leaves him six short of Patrick Kluivert's all-time goal-record. He is 4th on the overall list, one behind Ruud van Nistelrooy and three behind Dennis Bergkamp. Van Persie's goals also pulled him level alongside team-mate Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's tally.

Van Gaal was quick to praise the Red Devils' frontman, describing his first goal as 'world class'.

"Robin Van Persie was very unlucky in the first half but in the second half he was actually very happy, because he made an incredible world-class goal," he told Voetbal International.

"It was a ball that he could barely head, but he deliberately hit it into the top corner. And he also put the penalty well inside [the goal].

"He was also a great target man, as you saw in his first goal. And Van der Vaart put his shot in flawlessly. Lens was [also] involved in two goals. And I haven't even talked about the defensive organisation."

The win, Holland's 14th successive World Cup qualifier victory, means they are on the verge of securing their place at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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