You would not have thought by the professional way the Dutch approached Friday's qualifier against play-off hopefuls Hungary that they had qualified a month ago for the 2014 World Cup.

Far from taking it easy on their opponents, Holland clearly wanted to send out a message by winning Group D at a canter, illustrating to their opponents that they are a real force and have a strong chance of winning the World Cup.

Just two minutes into the game Hungary were on the back foot, as a flowing move culminated in a headed chance for Jeffrey Bruma, with only some desperate but strong defending keeping the scores level.

However, the deadlock was smashed just 16 minutes into the game, as Robin van Persie was picked out by Darryl Janmaat, the ball deflecting off the striker and nestling into the back of the Hungary net.

Just five minutes later, the lead was doubled for Holland and the game already looked out of Hungary's hands as Kevin Strootman finished neatly from a Jeremaine Lens pass across the six-yard box.

Lens would the get his chance to add to the scoring, as Holland's dominance was threatening to make the contest a mauling. He made the score 3-0 on 37 minutes, as he powered a strike past the helpless Adam Bogdan from the edge of the area.

It would get even worse for Hungary before the break though, as Van Persie popped up again, this time on the end of an Arjen Robben ball to finish clinically, putting Holland an emphatic 4-0 up before the break.

There was a surprising start to the second half though, as Hungary pulled a goal back from the penalty spot, as a Bruma handball allowed Balazs Dzsudzsak to dispatch from the spot.

With thoughts of a comeback in the air, the team were encouraged and looked more positive. A short lived revival though, as just five minutes after the penalty the game was put out of Hungary's reach, as Van Persie capped a great performance with a 52 minute hat-trick.

Szilard Devecseri then wanted to join the scoring party and put through his own goal to add to the woes that Hungary were already facing.

There was then time for Rafael van der Vaart to add his contribution with a 25-yard effort and for Arjen Robben to nestle a 20-yard free-kick past Bogdan, to all but end any hope that the Hungarians had of reaching next year’s World Cup Finals.

It is now likely that either Turkey or Romania will take the play-off spot in Group D, as they are locked level on 16 points (1 point in front of Hungary) only separated by goal difference. Thus, events are now out of Hungary's hands, needing both Turkey and Romania to avoid wins in the final qualifier.

Whilst Turkey will face a struggle to beat Holland in their final game, Romania stand a very good chance of victory against Estonia, meaning that whilst Hungary should beat bottom of the group Andorra, Romania are certainly favourites for the play-off spot because of their superior points tally.

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