Soccer-Van Persie double sends Netherlands to World Cup (Reuters)

Sept 10 (Reuters) – Forward Robin van Persie scored twice as the Netherlands qualified for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil with a 2-0 away win over Andorra in Group D on Tuesday. Van Persie’s stinging shot from outside the area in the 49th minute opened the scoring for the Dutch – the first team from Europe to book a place at next year’s finals – and four minutes later he scored with a tap-in after a defensive blunder. …

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