The Netherlands may have already qualified for the World Cup in Brazil next year … but that did not for one minute mean they were about to take it easy on their Hungarian competition last night.
Hungary went into the game off the back of a promising campaign - and were sitting in second place, ahead of Turkey and Romania, in Group D.
But as Romania were thrashing Andorra and Turkey were swiping away Estonia the Magyars were being absolutely tonked by Holland - with the final score being 8-1.
A consolation goal from Balazs Dzsudzsak was all they has to smile about in the Amsterdam Arena, as a Robin van Persie inspired Holland ran rampant from the get-go in a scintillating performance.
After the game all the plaudits went to the Manchester United striker - and with good reason. His hat-trick took him to 41 goals for Oranje - making him the nation’s record goal-scorer ahead of former Barcelona and Newcastle striker Patrick Kluivert.
His first goal on the path to the record was a sublime near-post header - taking him to 39 goals. But it was his second header of the game that overtook Kluivert’s record and made Van Persie the most prolific striker in Dutch football history. When you consider some of the names to have donned the Oranje, which is no mean feat at all.
He even had the chance to celebrate the goal with the man whose record he took. Kluivert is now on Louis van Gaal’s coaching staff for the Dutch side - and the pair embraced on the sidelines as the baton was passed.
But Van Persie’s attention soon turned to making sure nobody else would be catching him. RVP bagged a third to make it 5-1.
Van Persie, who has been in mixed form for Manchester United this season, will now hope to take this form into the Premier League - and help fire David Moyes’ flagging men into life.
Here are the highlights from the game, and to see RVP take the record, click straight to 2.40…
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