Holland midfielder RAFAEL VAN DER VAART (8) of English side Tottenham Hotspur tries to control the ball in front of Moldova substitute midfielder VALERIU ANDRONIC (9) of Kazakhstan club FC Lokomotiv Astana at the Stadionul Republican in Chisinau. (Reuters photo)
European Championships Qualifying
October 8, 2010
0 – MOLDOVA
1 – NETHERLANDS ——— Huntelaar 37′
World Cup striker KLAUS-JAN HUNTELAAR of German Bundesliga side Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen scored the only goal of the game not so long before the end of the first half as the NETHERLANDS made heavy weather of its trip to MOLDOVA but still claimed a 1-0 win in the Group E qualification match for the European Championships.
This on the heels of the rough-housing controversy involving Manchester City’s NIGEL DE JONG, who was dropped by Holland manager BERT VAN MARWIJK from the national team for the Moldova match in the wake of the World Cup midfielder’s crunching tackle against Newcastle United’s France international forward HATEM BEN ARFA in the English Premier League last weekend.
Holland had far more of the possession but were caught on the counter frequently by Moldova and needed a number of saves from goalkeeper MAARTEN STEKELENBURG of Ajax Amsterdam to register the shutout and preserve the victory.
Huntelaar scored in his third consecutive European Championships qualifier for Holland having totaled six goals in that span; the 27-year-old striker, in the midst of a five-game goal-scoring streak for Schalke in the Bundesliga, now totals 22 goals in 39 games for Holland.
gk — MAARTEN STEKELENBURG (Ajax Amsterdam)
df — JOHN HEITINGA (FC Everton – Eng), JORIS MATHIJSEN (SV Hamburg – Ger), ERIK PIETERS (PSV Eindhoven), GREGORY VAN DER WIEL (Ajax Amsterdam)
mf — RAFAEL VAN DER VAART (Tottenham Hotspur – Eng), MARK VAN BOMMEL (Bayern Munich – Ger), WESLEY SNEIJDER (Inter Milan – Ita), IBRAHIM AFELLAY (PSV Eindhoven)
fw — KLAUS-JAN HUNTELAAR (Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen), DIRK KUYT (FC Liverpool – Eng)
mf — URBY EMANUELSON (Ajax Amsterdam) for Afellay — 90th min