Netherlands vs Romania Live Stream and Highlights
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Date: March 26, 2013; Time: 7:30 PM UTC;
Venue: Amsterdam ArenA — Amsterdam.
Hosts will try to cement their first place. The 2010 World Cup finalists have been in great form lately. They will be looking for their sixth following victory.
Netherlands are at the top of the Group D with 15 points from 5 games, having 5 wins. They are 5 points above Hungary. Their present form has seen 3 official wins and 2 friendly draws from last five games. An interesting fact is that they have not conceded at home in a World Cup qualifier since October 2004. Arjen Robben could equal the legendary Ruud Gullit on 66 international matches. Holland won 3-0 Estonia last weekend.
Romania stands 3rd with 10 points from five games, having 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. Their present form has seen 2 wins, 2 losses and 1 draw, including 3 friendlies. They have drawn with Hungary last weekend and now are equal on points with them. Their best forward Adrian Mutu equalled Gheorghe Hagi as all-time goalscorer with 35 goals.
Louis van Gaal will still play without key goalkeeper Tim Krul through injury. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has a knee problem and is out too. Wesley Sneijder also will miss this game after picking up a groin injury. Ajax Kenneth Vermeer is expected to start again in goal. Rafael van der Vaart could take Sneijder’s place in midfield zone.
Romania head coach Victor Piturca will have to play without injured Ciprian Marica and Costin Lazar. Dorin Goian is suspended after his yellow against Hungary. Florin Gardos could start in defence, while Razvan Rat could return at left-back and replace Stefan Radu.
Netherlands line-up: Vermeer, Janmaat, De Vrij, Martins Indi, Blind, De Guzman, Van der Vaart, Strootman, Lens, Van Persie, Robben.
Last three games:
Netherlands 3 – Estonia 0;
Netherlands 1 – Italy 1;
Netherlands 0 – Germany 0.
Romania line-up: Tatarusanu, Tamas, Gardos, Chiriches, Rat, Bourceanu, Pintilii, Grozav, Torje, Stancu, Mutu.
Last three games:
Hungary 2 – Romania 2;
Romania 3 – Australia 2;
Poland 4 – Romania 1.