Dutch flying high with EPL influence

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Holland maintained their 100% record in Euro 2012 qualifying group E with a convincing 4-0 victory in Hungary.

The Dutch side dominated proceedings from start to finish at the at the Ferenc Puskas Stadium, beating their nearest rivals and stretching the lead to six points at the top of the table.

A strong Barclays Premier League influence was on hand for the Netherlands, and it was Spurs star Rafael Van der Vaart who opened the scoring on 13 minutes for the World Cup runners-up after a slick pass from Wesley Sneijder.

Barcelona striker Ibrahim Afellay doubled the lead on the stroke of half-time, making up for an earlier miss and providing Burt van Marwijk's side a deserved advantage.

The visitors started as they left off in the second period, and scored a third on 54 minutes when Robin van Persie provided Dirk Kuyt with a tap in. It was the Arsenal forward who made it four for the Dutch eight minutes later, slotting home from 10 yards to put a gloss on the scoreline.


Hungary will need to improve quickly if they are to avoid a repeat in the reverse fixture, which takes place in Amsterdam on Tuesday night.

Former Crystal Palace stopper Gabor Kiraly will hope for better protection from his defence in the Dutch capital, although Holland appear unstoppable in their march through the qualification process.

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