Klaas-Jan Huntelaar celebrates his goal in the Netherlands' 3-1 victory over Kazakhstan in Euro 2016 qualifying.
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October 10, 2014

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Netherlands struggled to a 3-1 victory Friday over 10-man Kazakhstan in a 2016 European Championship qualifier.

Defender Renat Abdulin gave 127th-ranked Kazakhstan a shock lead at the Amsterdam Arena with a powerful 17th-minute header before substitute Klaas Jan Huntelaar leveled in the 62nd.

A deflected 82nd-minute shot by Ibrahim Afellay, who started his first international in nearly two years, put the Dutch ahead before Robin van Persie's penalty in the last minute of regulation time secured the three points and coach Guus Hiddink's first win in three matches since taking over from Louis van Gaal after the World Cup.

The match turned in the 64th minute when Baurzhan Dzholchiyev was sent off for a tackle from behind on Afellay.

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