Robin van Persie became the all-time Dutch top-scorer with a stunning display to score all four of Netherlands’ goals against a Guinea side making their début at the World Cup.
In the most one-sided game of the tournament so far – including England’s 5-0 win over Senegal yesterday – the Netherlands utterly dominated from the start, though it took more than half an hour to beat Youssouf Touré in the Guinea goal.
A fine flowing move in the 33rd minute ended with Van Persie slotting home from just inside the area from Klaas-Jan Hunterlaar’s backheel after great work from Strootman and Fer to get the ball into the box.
Van Persie’s second came twenty minutes after the break, when Huntelaar laid the ball off into space for the Manchester United striker to run on to and hit first time past a static Touré from 18 yards out.
Into the final ten minutes and Van Persie sealed his hat-trick with a fine free-kick from 22 yards out, drilling the ball low into the bottom corner to draw him level with Patrick Kluivert at the top of the Dutch all-time scoring charts.
His fourth of the night, and 41st goal for his country came, in the final thirty seconds when Guinea failed to clear the ball after Touré parried Eljero Elia’s fine run-and-shot, leaving Van Persie with a simple slotted finish from ten yards out.
He becomes only the 8th player to score four goals in a single game at the Finals, and the first since Oleg Salenko hit five for Russia in their 6-1 defeat of Cameroon at USA 1994.
FIFA WORLD CUP BRAZIL 2014 MATCH 09: GROUP E NETHERLANDS 4-0 GUINEA van Persie 33, 66, 80, 90 Belo Horizonte
GROUP E P W D L F A GD Pts 1. Netherlands 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 3 2. Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0 =. Norway 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0 4. Guinea 1 0 0 1 0 4 -4 0