Amsterdam: The Netherlands continued their winning streak in World Cup qualification Group D by beating Romania 4-0 here, taking a major step towards the tournament in Brazil.
After Friday's 3-0 victory over Estonia, coach Louis van Gaal lined up Rafael van der Vaart as central midfielder instead of Wesley Sneijder, who limped off with a groin injury against the Estonians. Kevin Strootman took over the captaincy from Sneijder, reports Xinhua.
Van der Vaart proved his class in the 12th minute Tuesday. After a cross by Jeremain Lens, Robin van Persie passed to van der Vaart and the latter scored from the edge of the penalty-area. After the first 15 minutes, the level of the match decreased. Both teams did not create major opportunities.