The Netherlands claimed maximum points in an absolutely enthralling, incident-filled opening match in Group D of the FIFA U-17 World Championship Peru 2005 at the packed Miguel Grau Stadium, Piura.

Eight goals, three penalties and free-flowing football left the crowd in raptures, but Netherlands coach Ruud Kaiser said: "Defending we had a lot of problems and we didn't anticipate the speed of the Qatar attackers very well, so we have a lot of things to sort out tactically for our next match against Brazil."

The conditions were more ideally suited to Qatar as the match was played under a blazing sun and a clear blue, cloudless sky, so it came as little surprise when the game started at a fairly pedestrian pace in the heat of northern Peru… but that was to change quite dramatically as this classic encounter unfolded.

Things soon picked up and the Netherlands wasted no time in opening the scoring as Marvin Emnes - a serious injury doubt right up until the eve of the tournament - smartly clipped home a low cross from John Goossens (1:0, 6').

Undaunted, Qatar hit straight back and grabbed the equaliser within five minutes. Ali Yahya made a surging run into the penalty area and Dutch defender Ruud Vormer brought him down. Yahya picked himself up and sent Newcastle United's giant goalkeeper Tim Krul the wrong way with the spot-kick (1:1, 11').

Eager to make amends for his error, Vormer tried his luck with a shot from distance, but Ghaith al Mohannadi dived well to his left to smother the ball.

Qatar should have taken the lead soon afterwards as Khalid al Abdulla found himself with only Krul to beat when Holland defender Jordy Buijs allowed the ball to skid under his feet, but the Al Arabi midfielder spooned his shot over the crossbar.

As the match flowed from end to end, the Netherlands retook the lead from the penalty spot, Buijs converting after Emnes was upended by Ali Solaiman (2:1, 30'), though once more Qatar restored parity without hesitation.

Ali Yusef robbed Mike van der Kooij just inside the area and tucked the ball under the helpless Krul (2:2, 31'). Yahya was then booked for diving in a vain attempt to gain the third penalty of the first half, but the teams went into the break on level terms after a series of missed opportunities by the Netherlands.

Goossens smacked a stinging drive against the foot of a post soon after the restart, but almost immediately, the dangerous Yahya did the same at the opposite end.

Dutch move in front again
Holland forged ahead for the third time from a corner as Qatar failed to clear their lines and der Kooij gratefully tucked in from close range (3:2, 58') before Goossens made it four with a deflected shot that seemed to be the killer blow to Qatar's prospects of salvaging anything for all their heroic efforts (4:2, 65').

Dogged Qatar could have pulled one back had Krul not made a truly excellent save from Yahya's 75th-minute penalty kick, but Khalfan al Khalfan briefly gave the Netherlands a nervous time in the closing stages when he neatly slipped the ball into the corner of the net to bring a draw back into the equation as a realistic possibility (4:3, 83').

Qatari hopes were soon extinguished however as the Dutch tore up the other end of the field and Emnes, a real livewire if ever there was one, rapidly helped himself to his second goal with ease to finally put the result beyond doubt (5:3, 84').

Qatar they will take a lot of encouragement into their second Group D game against Gambia on Tuesday thanks to their positive, strong showing against the Dutch.

Qatar's Netherlands-born coach Tini Ruijs said: "This was a match full of mistakes, but everyone in Piura will have been really entertained by it and that's very important. We will go into the match with Gambia with a lot of confidence now and hopefully we will score a lot of goals again."

Holland, meanwhile, have the Brazilians up next on Tuesday - a clash the whole of Piura is eagerly anticipating, but the teams will do extremely well to eclipse this fantastic opener.