Perfect Dutch blot Spain's record

Published: Tuesday 17 November 2009, 22.45CET
Netherlands 2-1 Spain
The 2006 and 2007 champions maintained their 100 per cent Group 4 record and ended Spain's to move six points clear at the summit.
by Berend Scholten
from Rotterdam
Perfect Dutch blot Spain's record
Cor Pot's Netherlands have won all five of their Group 4 fixtures ©Getty Images

Match statistics

NetherlandsSpain

Goals scored2
 
1
Yellow cards5
 
4
Red cards0
 
0
Goal attempts10
 
13
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners2
 
3
Fouls committed21
 
10

Matches

Published: Tuesday 17 November 2009, 22.45CET

Perfect Dutch blot Spain's record

Netherlands 2-1 Spain
The 2006 and 2007 champions maintained their 100 per cent Group 4 record and ended Spain's to move six points clear at the summit.

The Netherlands maintained their 100 per cent record in Group 4 of 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying with a 2-1 victory over Spain.

Perfect records
Neither Spain nor the hosts had dropped a point, or even conceded a goal, in three and four games respectively prior to meeting in Rotterdam. The Netherlands led the group by virtue of having won a game more but now sit six points clear of their opponents and third-placed Poland. Spain started brightly but were breached for the first time on 14 minutes when Georginio Wijnaldum set up Sparta Rotterdam midfielder Erik Falkenburg to score in his home stadium.

Late pressure
The visitors again took the initiative after half-time but failed to make it tell as Adrián López's close-range header was adroitly saved by Tim Krul. As in the first half, the hosts duly capitalised and doubled their advantage on 63 minutes when Wijnaldum headed in a Joshua John cross. César Azpilicueta halved his side's arrears with ten minutes remaining before both Diego Capel and captain Javi Martínez were denied by the woodwork in a late Spanish surge. Spain, who had won their previous 14 group stage qualifiers stretching back to October 2005, and the Netherlands resume action in March, at home to Liechenstein and Poland respectively.

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Last updated: 18/11/09 9.49CET

Related information

Team profiles

Lineup

Netherlands

Netherlands

Spain

Spain

1Tim Krul (GK)
Yellow Card55'
1Sergio Asenjo (GK)
2Daryl Janmaat
Yellow Card45'
2César Azpilicueta
Goal80'
3Rens van Eijden3Roberto Canella
Substitution82'
4Jeffrey Bruma4Alberto Botía
5Erik Pieters (C)
Yellow Card13'
5Victor Laguardia
Yellow Card90+2'
6Vurnon Anita
Substitution82'
6Javi Martínez (C)
Yellow Card88'
7Georginio Wijnaldum
Goal63'
7Jordi Alba
Yellow Card45+4'
Substitution52'
8Leroy Fer
Yellow Card82'
8Ander Herrera
Substitution74'
9Luuk de Jong
Substitution82'
9Adrián
10Erik Falkenburg
Goal14'
Yellow Card56'
10Daniel Parejo
11Joshua John11Diego Capel

Substitutes

16Sergio Padt (GK)13Tomás Mejías (GK)
12Mark van der Maarel12Kiko
13Nick Viergever14Fran Mérida
Substitution82'
14Kevin Strootman
Substitution82'
15Míchel
Substitution52'
Yellow Card82'
15Jan-Arie van der Heijden16Omar Ramos
Substitution74'
17Bas Dost
Substitution82'
17Andreu Fontàs
18John Goossens18Kike

Coach

Cor Pot (NED) Juan Ramon Lopez Caro (ESP)

Referee

Manuel Gräfe (GER)

Assistant referees

Detlef Scheppe (GER), Stefan Lupp (GER)

Fourth official

Helmut Fleischer (GER)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

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