New Holland coach Guus Hiddink will not hesitate in reverting back to the tactics of his predecessor Louis van Gaal if necessary
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Typical. You wait for one Beckhamesque halfway-line lob and two come along at once. This came from the foot of Austrian Under-21 forward Robert Zulj, following hard on the heels of Liam Kelly's similar effort for Ireland's Under-19s.
Hungary manager Sandor Egervori had his offer of resignation accepted after his side's 8-1 loss to Holland.
Egervori's men were well placed to qualify for the World Cup play-offs prior to the clash, starting the night in second, but they ended it wounded and in fourth.
Norwich's Leroy Fer has been called up to the Holland squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers after fellow midfielders Jonathan de Guzman and Stijn Schaars were ruled out through injury.
Italy and Holland became the first European teams to book their places at next summer's World Cup finals.
Italy had to come from behind to seal their place with two games to spare after former Lazio frontman Libor Kozak fired Czech Republic ahead after 19 minutes in Turin.
Giorgio Chellini headed the Azzurri level on 52 minutes, when Petr Cech failed to deal with a corner, before Mario Balotelli stroked home the winning penalty moments later.
Robin van Persie sent Holland through to Brazil with a second-half double in a 2-0 win over Andorra.
After Turkey beat Romania 2-0 in Bucharest earlier in the evening, the Dutch knew victory would be enough to confirm their place in the World Cup finals.
Louis van Gaal felt his Holland players tired during their draw with Portugal.
"In the first half we created as many chances as Portugal did," he said.
"After the break we had possession and played very badly. We could not hold the ball and we saw the candle going out with some of the guys."
Patrick van Aanholt believes playing in the Eredivisie again this season will enhance his chances of making the Holland squad for the World Cup.
– Chelsea defender Patrick van Aanholt speaking to AD
I want to go to the World Cup, that's why I did not consider going to an English club.
At Vitesse it will be better for my image with the coach (Van Gaal).
I don't know what my standing is with him but it is clear that if you perform you are rewarded with a chance.
Holland won the qualifier against Cyprus 8-0 in Rotterdam, but the result was eventually annulled after the Cyrpus goalkeeper Andreas Charitou was struck by an object thrown from the crow. The home side went on to win the rearranged game 4-0.
Spain saw off Netherlands in the Under-21 European Championships, thanks to goals from Alvaro Morata, Manchester City target Isco and a last-minute strike from Alvaro Vasquez.
The Spaniards will now face Norway in the semi-finals.