WORLD CUP REPORT: Europe – Group D

Europe GroupD



Turkey 1 (Yilmaz 63)

Hungary 1 (Bode 71)

Turkey’s World Cup aspirations took a major blow following a 1-1 draw with Hungary. The Turkish started brightly however, defensive errors cost the team throughout the game. Hungary may have won this game if it were not for Turkish goalkeeper Onur Kivrak making a number of impressive saves

The home side started the second half brightly, the defensive line pushed up higher giving the midfield more cover allowing Turkey to dominate possession and create a number of openings. Alper Potuk and Arda Turan dominated the midfield and it was the Atlético Madrid star who setup Burak Yilmaz for the opening goal.  However, the lead was short lived – another schoolboy defensive error gifted Hungary’s Daniel Bode a goal from a throw-in.


Netherlands 4 (van der Vaart 12, van Persie 56, 65P, Lens 90)

Romania 0

Manchester United’s Robin van Persie scored two historic goals and set up a third goal to lead the Netherlands to an easy 4-0 win over Romania in a World Cup qualifier Tuesday. It was the sixth straight win in qualifying for the Dutch and gave Louis van Gaal’s team a commanding seven-point lead over Hungary at the top of Group D.

After setting up Rafael van der Vaart’s opening goal in the 12th minute, Van Persie sent a looping header over Costel Pantilimon following great control and a cutback by Arjen Robben to make it 2-0 in the 56th minute. Eight minutes later, the Manchester United striker calmly slotted in a penalty after Jeremain Lens had been felled by Florin Gardos. Lens completed the scoring by tapping in a 90th-minute rebound.

RVP’s goals moved him above Dutch legend Johan Cruyff in his country’s international goalscoring records.


Other result…

Estonia 2 (Anier 45, Lindpere 61)

Andorra 0



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