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Netherlands can book World Cup spot

  • AP, Friday, June 5, 2009 3:45 PM
The Netherlands can become the first European team to clinch a place at the 2010 World Cup if it beats Iceland in Reykjavik in one of the 14 qualifiers in Europe on Saturday. The Netherlands has a near full-strength team for the game. Only midfielders Wesley Sneijder and Ibrahim Afellay are missing for the Group 9 leader, which has won all five of its qualifiers and is eight points clear of second-place Scotland.

"We want to grab this first chance," said captain Giovanni van Bronckhorst, whose team has two more games after the Iceland clash. "We've never been able to qualify so quickly for a tournament. Now we have to make sure we take the chance immediately. It's been a long season, but we all want to qualify for the World Cup, so we must beat Iceland." The Netherlands beat Iceland 2-0 in Rotterdam last year on goals by Joris Mathijsen and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

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