European Championship Qualifying - Group A
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Netherlands 6-0 Latvia

Arjen Robben
Arjen Robben had 114 touches in the opposition half - 12 more than the entire Latvia team

Arjen Robben and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar both scored twice as Netherlands revived their Euro 2016 hopes with a stunning victory over Latvia.

After two defeats from three games, coach Guus Hiddink threatened to quit if they lost to their Group A rivals.

His concerns were eased when Robin van Persie headed in after six minutes and Robben curled in a brilliant second, before Huntelaar poked in his first.

Jeffrey Bruma stabbed in before Robben and Huntelaar netted from long range.

Robben also twice struck a post - first with a free-kick then with a deflected shot - as well as firing inches wide of an upright.

Earlier in the match, Manchester United's Dutch defensive midfielder Daley Blind limped off after picking up a leg injury in a challenge with Eduards Visnakovs.

Elsewhere, Cyprus moved above Belgium in Group B with a 5-0 win over minnows Andorra. APOEL winger Georgios Efrem scored a hat-trick in the crushing victory.

In Group H, Norway's Havard Nordtveit headed in the only goal of the match against Azerbaijan to help his side close the gap on Group H front-runners Croatia and Italy.

Line-ups

Netherlands

  • 1Cillessen
  • 2Van der Wiel
  • 3Bruma
  • 4de VrijBooked at 71mins
  • 5Willems
  • 6BlindSubstituted forClasieat 20'minutes
  • 11Robben
  • 7AfellaySubstituted forDepayat 69'minutes
  • 8Sneijder
  • 9Huntelaar
  • 10van PersieSubstituted forWijnaldumat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12van Rhijn
  • 13Veltman
  • 14Rekik
  • 15Fer
  • 16Clasie
  • 17Narsingh
  • 18Wijnaldum
  • 19de Jong
  • 20Promes
  • 21Depay
  • 22Krul
  • 23Vermeer

Latvia

  • 12Kolinko
  • 6Gabovs
  • 4Dubra
  • 13Gorkss
  • 20KurakinsBooked at 26mins
  • 14IkaunieksSubstituted forLaizansat 45'minutesBooked at 57mins
  • 17ZjuzinsBooked at 24minsSubstituted forCaunaat 55'minutes
  • 18Fertovs
  • 21Visnakovs
  • 10Sabala
  • 11VisnakovsSubstituted forRudnevsat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ikstens
  • 2Maksimenko
  • 3Bulvitis
  • 5Laizans
  • 7Kovalovs
  • 8Cauna
  • 9Zigajevs
  • 15Rakels
  • 16Rudnevs
  • 19Jagodinskis
  • 22Timofejevs
  • 23Steinbors
Referee:
Liran Liany

Match Stats

Home TeamNetherlandsAway TeamLatvia
Possession
Home77%
Away23%
Shots
Home27
Away7
Shots on Target
Home13
Away2
Corners
Home14
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Netherlands 6, Latvia 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Netherlands 6, Latvia 0.

Attempt blocked. Arjen Robben (Netherlands) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gregory Van der Wiel.

Attempt missed. Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kaspars Dubra (Latvia).

Goal!

Goal! Netherlands 6, Latvia 0. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Netherlands) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordy Clasie.

Attempt saved. Memphis Depay (Netherlands) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Arjen Robben.

Corner, Netherlands. Conceded by Antons Kurakins.

Corner, Netherlands. Conceded by Alexanders Kolinko.

Attempt saved. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Netherlands) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gregory Van der Wiel.

Attempt missed. Artjoms Rudnevs (Latvia) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left. Assisted by Vladislavs Gabovs.

Goal!

Goal! Netherlands 5, Latvia 0. Arjen Robben (Netherlands) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Georginio Wijnaldum following a fast break.

Foul by Jordy Clasie (Netherlands).

Valerijs Sabala (Latvia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Netherlands. Georginio Wijnaldum replaces Robin van Persie.

Goal!

Goal! Netherlands 4, Latvia 0. Jeffrey Bruma (Netherlands) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Robin van Persie with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Netherlands. Conceded by Alexanders Kolinko.

Attempt saved. Memphis Depay (Netherlands) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Olegs Laizans (Latvia) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Artjoms Rudnevs.

Attempt missed. Artjoms Rudnevs (Latvia) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Aleksandrs Cauna with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Latvia. Conceded by Jeffrey Bruma.

Foul by Jetro Willems (Netherlands).

Artjoms Rudnevs (Latvia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Aleksejs Visnakovs (Latvia) because of an injury.

Booking

Stefan de Vrij (Netherlands) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Stefan de Vrij (Netherlands).

Aleksejs Visnakovs (Latvia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Jordy Clasie (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Artjoms Rudnevs (Latvia).

Substitution

Substitution, Latvia. Artjoms Rudnevs replaces Eduards Visnakovs.

Attempt missed. Arjen Robben (Netherlands) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Netherlands. Memphis Depay replaces Ibrahim Afellay.

Foul by Jetro Willems (Netherlands).

Olegs Laizans (Latvia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Arjen Robben (Netherlands) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jordy Clasie.

Corner, Netherlands. Conceded by Antons Kurakins.

Robin van Persie (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aleksandrs Cauna (Latvia).

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