The Romania national football team has been defeated by Netherlands in a World Cup qualifying match played at Arena Nationala on Tuesday. Netherlands won that match by a big margin of 4-1. With the help of this victory, Netherlands has maintained its no. 1 position in Group D.
Netherlands has played four World Cup qualifying matches so far and the Dutch team has managed to win all four of them. On the other hand, this was the first defeat for the Romania football team in the ongoing World Cup qualifying tournament. The Romanian team had won its first three matches on the trot, but, in this match, the Romanian players didn’t look at the top of their game.
The Dutch team took the lead pretty early in the match. In the 9th minute of the match, Netherlands got a corner kick and Robin Van Persie took that Corner kick. He played a flat, angular shot, but, his shot was blocked by the Romanian goalkeeper Ciprian Anton Tatarusanu. The ball went to Jeremain Lens on rebound who headed the ball into the bottom corner of the net to make the score 1-0.
The lead of the Dutch team was doubled in the 29th minute of the match. Rafael van Der Vaart gave the cross to Bruno Martins Indi who beat Tatarusanu with a brilliant volley. This was Indi’s second goal for Netherlands.
Romania managed to reduce the lead to 2-1 in the 41st minute. Ciprian Marica was the one who score that goal for Romania. It was a flat right footed shot and the ball went into the left hand corner of the net.
Just a few minutes before the half time break, Van Der Vaart made the score 3-1 in the favour of Netherlands by easily converting a penalty kick into goal.
Robin Van Persie put the final nail in the coffin by scoring the fourth goal for Netherlands in the 86th minute of the match. After that, it was almost impossible for Romania to prevent Netherlands from winning that match.
Romania will play is next World Cup qualifying match against Hungary in March next year.