Dutch defender JOHN HEITINGA (3) of English Premier League side FC Everton has a look as Holland goalkeeper MAARTEN STEKELENBURG of Ajax Amsterdam gets down to stop the shot from Finland striker MIKAEL FORSSEL (9) of German club Hannover 96 at the Feijenoord Stadion, better known as de Kuip (the Tub), in Rotterdam. (Reuters photo)
September 7, 2010
2 – NETHERLANDS ——— Huntelaar 7′, pen 17′
1 – FINLAND ——————– Forssell 19′
A pair of early goals from World Cup striker KLAAS-JAN HUNTELAAR seemed to signal the start of a rout but, in the end, was really just enough to see HOLLAND safely past visiting FINLAND 2-1 in the Group E qualification match for the 2012 European Championships.
Huntelaar, the pricey, late summer acquisition of German side Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen, has now scored five goals in the two Euro 2012 qualifiers for Holland and, overall, 21 goals in 38 international games.
Shortly after falling behind a pair, Finland pulled a goal back when striker MIKAEL FORSSELL of German club SV Hannover 96 headed home the corner kick of defender PETRI PASANEN, who also plays his professional football in the Bundesliga, with SV Werder Bremen.
Finland fielded four players in the starting XI who ply their trade in the Netherlands’ top flight and might have had a share of the points, but the late header of midfielder TIM SPARV, a member of Dutch Eredivisie side FC Groningen, was saved by Dutch World Cup goalkeeper MAARTEN STEKELENBURG of Ajax Amsterdam.
gk — MAARTEN STEKELENBURG (Ajax Amsterdam)
df — JOHN HEITINGA (FC Everton – Eng), JORIS MATHIJSEN (SV Hamburg – Ger), GREGORY VAN DER WIEL (Ajax Amsterdam)
dmf — MARK VAN BOMMEL (Bayern Munich – Ger), NIGEL DE JONG (Manchester City – Eng)
amf — RAFAEL VAN DER WAART (Tottenham Hotspur – Eng), WESLEY SNEIJDER (Inter Milan – Ita), IBRAHIM AFELLAY (PSV Eindhoven), VURNON ANITA (Ajax Amsterdam)
fw — KLAAS-JAN HUNTELAAR (Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen – Ger)
mf — ELJERO ELIA (SV Hamburg – Ger) for van der Waart — 64th min
mf — JEREMAIN LENS (PSV Eindhoven) for Afellay — 74th min
fw — RUUD VAN NISTELROOY (SV Hamburg – Ger) for Huntelaar — 82nd min
gk — OTTO FREDRIKSON (PFC Spartak Nalchik – Rus)
df — PETRI PASANEN (SV Werder Bremen – Ger), MARKUS HEIKKINEN (SK Rapid Vienna – Aut), NIKLAS MOISANDER (AZ 67 Alkmaar – Hol), VELI LAMPI (Willem II Tilburg – Hol)
mf – MIKA VAYRYNEN (SC Heerenveen – Hol), TIM SPARV (FC Groningen – Hol), ROMAN EREMENKO (Dynamo Kiev – Ukr), KASPER HAMALAINEN (IF Djurgarden Stockholm – Swe)
fw – MIKAEL FORSSELL (SV Hannover 96 – Ger), DANIEL SJOLUND (IF Djurgarden Stockholm – Swe)
mf — RONI POROKARA (SK Orebro – Swe) for Hamalainen — 46th min
fw — JONATAN JOHANSSON (TPS Turku) for Sjolund — 68th min
mf — ALEXEI EREMENKO (FC Kilmarnock – Sct) for Forssell — 80th min