Netherlands vs Estonia Live Stream and Highlights
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Date: March 22, 2013; Time: 7:30 PM UTC;
Venue: Amsterdam ArenA — Amsterdam.
Louis van Gaal’s team will try to get five wins for five games. They have won their last 4 qualification matches in Group D and will be looking for another three points at the Amsterdam ArenA.
The Netherlands team has almost qualified from Group D. But two teams are only 3 points behind of them, so they must win. Netherlands have won all 4 qualification games so far. Their present form has seen 3 straight wins and 2 draws in friendly games Germany and Italy. They are big favourites to qualify directly from the group having 12 points from first 4 matches. Second and third placed teams have 9 points. Netherlands and Russia are only two European teams that haven’t lost points in the qualification for the 2014 World Cup. Their best striker Van Persie needs only 2 goals to equal the legendary Johan Cruyff with 33 record goals for Holland.
Estonia goes 5th from 6 teams in the Group D with 3 points and only 1 win from their 4 matches. They won bottom-placed team from Andorra. They have huge 9 points gap between them and the leaders. Their present form has seen 3 defeats and 2 wins.
Estonia are one of 21 UEFA members, who have never played at a European Championship or a World Cup.
Louis van Gaal will play without first choice goalkeeper Tim Krul. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is out due to a knee injury. Roma keeper Maarten Stekelenburg could return between the posts again. Van Gaal returns Wesley Sneijder and Robben. Robin van Persie will lead the line.
Estonia head coach Tarmo Ruutli will have to play without Taavi Rahn and Gert Kams cause of injuries. He will use experienced players in Amsterdam. Their talismanic forward Andres Oper will lead his team with Joel Lindpere.
Netherlands line-up: Stekelenburg, Janmaat, De Vrij, Martins Indi, Blind, De Guzman, Sneijder, Strootman, Lens, Van Persie, Robben.
Last three matches:
Netherlands 1 – Italy 1;
Netherlands 0 – Germany 0;
Romania 1 – Netherlands 4.
Estonia line-up: Pareiko, Jaager, Morozov, Klavan, Teniste, Puri, Vunk, Vassiljev, Kink, Lindpere, Oper.
Last three matches:
Scotland 1 – Estonia 0;
UAE 2 – Estonia 1;
Andorra 0 – Estonia 1.