Holland striker KLAAS-JAN HUNTELAAR (9) of German Bundesliga side Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen taps the ball squared by the not-pictured FC Liverpool winger DIRK KUYT past San Marino goalkeeper ALDO SIMONCINI (1) of Italian fourth division side AC Bellaria Agea Marina for the first of his three goals at the Stadio Olimpico Serravalle in the tiny Appennine Mountain region state of San Marino. (Reuters photo)
European Championships Qualifying
September 3, 2010
0 – SAN MARINO
5 – NETHERLANDS ——— Kuyt pen 16′, Huntelaar 37′, 47′, 66′, van Nistelrooy 90′
A hat trick from Dutch World Cup striker KLAAS-JAN HUNTELAAR helped visiting HOLLAND hammer SAN MARINO 5-0 in the Group E qualification match for the 2012 European Championships.
Huntelaar, sold by Italian Serie A club AC Milan to German Bundesliga side Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen for 13.0 million Euros at the transfer deadline, notched his three goals for the Netherlands against San Marino inside of thirty minutes in the middle part of the match; in doing so, the 27-year-old pushed his international totals to 19 goals in 37 games for Holland.
World Cup attacker DIRK KUYT of English Premier League outfit FC Liverpool opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 16th minute after Huntelaar had been fouled in the area; the 30-year-old former Feyenoord Rotterdam forward collected both his 17th goal and 71st cap for Holland and laid on two of Huntelaar’s goals against San Marino.
World Cup midfielder RAFAEL VAN DER WAART (84 caps, 16 goals), a late addition by English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur from Spanish giant Real Madrid at the transfer deadline, came on as a second half substitute and handed out two assists, as well, for the Netherlands.
Another second half substitute, aging RUUD VAN NISTELROOY of Germany’s SV Hamburg, marked his return to international football since the 2008 European Championships final tournament with a fine goal for Holland in the 90th minute; the 34-year-old striker volleyed a long cross from his former La Liga teammate Van der Waart to net a 34th goal for the Netherlands on his 65th appearance.
gk — MAARTEN STEKELENBURG (Ajax Amsterdam)
df — ERIK PIETERS (PSV Eindhoven), JORIS MATHIJSEN (SV Hamburg – Ger), HEDWIGES MADURO (CF Valencia – Spa), GREGORY VAN DER WIEL (Ajax Amsterdam)
dmf – MARK VAN BOMMEL (Bayern Munich – Ger), NIGEL DE JONG (Manchester City – Eng)
amf – ELJERO ELIJA (SV Hamburg), WESLEY SNEIJDER (Inter Milan – Ita), DIRK KUYT (Liverpool – Eng)
fw – KLAAS-JAN HUNTELAAR (Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen – Ger)
mf – RAFAEL VAN DER WAART (Tottenham Hotspur – Eng) for De Jong — 46th min
mf – IBRAHIM AFELLAY (PSV Eindhoven) for Elija — 60th min
fw – RUUD VAN NISTELROOY (SV Hamburg – Ger) for Kuyt — 68th min