Romania vs. Netherlands: Final score 1-4 as Oranje roll

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The Netherlands scored four times in a relatively easy win over Romania.

In their first three matches, Romania managed a perfect record, including a surprise away win over Turkey. That probably gave them a confidence boost heading into Tuesday's game against the Netherlands, but the Oranje asserted their dominance in a fantastic performance. Their defense still looked shaky, but there was nothing Romania could do to shut down their attack as the Netherlands ran out 4-1 winners.

Jermain Lens scored an absolutely bonkers goal to open the scoring in the 11th minute, shortly after Romania's Gabriel Torje hit the crossbar. From 20 yards out, Lens hit a powerful, but looping header towards the far corner and it dipped perfectly under the crossbar to put the Netherlands ahead.

Defender Bruno Martins doubled their lead after 29 minutes, heading in a cross by Rafael van der Vaart following a free kick. At that time, the Oranje appeared to be cruising, but Ciprian Marca fired Romania back into the match with a 40th minute goal after a corner kick. Unfortunately for the hosts, their joy would not last long. Gabriel Tamas conceded a penalty just before the break, and van der Vaart converted to restore Holland's two-goal lead.

The Netherlands comfortably held onto their lead in a mostly uneventful second half, with Robin van Persie putting the game to bed with an 86th minute goal. Having played and won two of their hardest matches already, away to Romania and at home against Turkey, the Oranje look fairly close to a World Cup bid already.

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