World Cup

Van Persie sets pace for Netherlands

Netherlands' Robin van Persie (L) celebrates his third goal against Hungary, making him the all-time top scorer of the Netherlands team with 41 goals
Robin van Persie became the Netherlands' top-leading scorer with his hat trick.
Share This Story



Robin van Persie scored a hat trick Friday to become the all-time Dutch top scorer as the Netherlands thrashed Hungary 8-1 in a World Cup qualifier.


Race to Brazil heats up and we have all the updates. Review UEFA'S latest table standings here.

The Netherlands had already qualified for next year's finals, and Hungary's hopes of consolidating second place in Group D were erased by a vintage Dutch performance.

With Romania beating Andorra 4-0 and Turkey downing Estonia 2-0, second place in the group is still up for grabs with one round to go.

Van Persie scored two first-half headers and tapped in his third in the 53rd to bring his tally to 41 goals in 80 internationals. Goals from Jeremain Lens, Kevin Strootman, Rafael van der Vaart, Arjen Robben and a Szilard Devecseri own goal completed the Netherlands's scoring. Balazs Dzsudzsak netted a penalty for Hungary.

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by


Nigeria reinstated by FIFA Posted: Jul 18, 2014
The Nigerian FA have been cleared by FIFA after being suspended for governmental...

Lahm retires from German national team Posted: Jul 18, 2014
World Cup champion Philipp Lahm has retired from the German national team.

Germany top FIFA rankings after winning World Cup Posted: Jul 17, 2014
Germany's fourth World Cup win has moved them to the top of FIFA's world ranking...

Pele: World Cup exit 'was a disaster' Posted: Jul 16, 2014
Brazilian legend Pele says his national team's recent losses were disastrous and...

Messi's legacy tarnished? Posted: Jul 14, 2014
Warren Barton discusses Lionel Messi's legacy after a lackluster performance in ...

More than Sports on MSN