Rafael van der Vaart scored early and Robin van Persie struck a second-half double as Holland sealed a comfortable 4-0 home win against Romania on Tuesday to close in on World Cup qualification.

The Dutch are top of Group D with a maximum 18 points from six matches while Romania are third on 10.

Van der Vaart opened the scoring after 11 minutes with a well-placed right-footed shot after good work from Jeremain Lens and Van Persie.

Arjen Robben then showed his brilliance when he beat two Romanian defenders before setting up Van Persie to double the lead with a header from a tight angle after 55 minutes.

Van Persie added another nine minutes later when he converted a penalty after Lens was fouled. In the final minute Lens completed the rout from close range when he put in a rebound.

The Dutch had created two good chances before Van der Vaart, who replaced the injured Wesley Sneijder, opened the scoring. By contrast Romania never seriously threatened the Dutch defence until a few minutes before the break when Daley Blind failed to clear and allowed Adrian Popa a shot that Kenneth Vermeer saved.

Van Persie's two goals in the second half settled matters as the Dutch managed their 14th consecutive World Cup qualifying win.

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