Saturday, March 23, 2013
Netherlands beat Estonia 3-0 to maintain perfect start
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Netherlands scored three second-half goals to brush Estonia aside 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier but lost playmaker Wesley Sneijder to injury on Friday.
In a lacklustre first half, the Dutch lacked the necessary urgency to create an opening but a minute after the break Sneijder's replacement, Rafael van der Vaart, netted following good work from Daryl Janmaat.
Janmaat picked up his second assist 19 minutes before time when Robin van Persie scored from close range to double the lead and Ruben Schaken fired home the third after 83 minutes.
The Dutch top Group D with 15 points after five matches and host Romania on Tuesday.
(Reporting by Theo Ruizenaar; Editing by Mark Meadows)