Dutch hammer Austria in Eindhoven
Sneijder had been out with a hamstring injury since late last year before returning for Inter Milan against Bari last week. However, he impressed in his 45 minutes at the Philips Stadion, scoring the opener just before the half hour with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Dirk Kuyt, with a penalty, also on target for the Dutch.
Marko Arnautovic pulled one back with an 84th-penalty for Austria but it was the Dutch who completed their impressive form. Ruud van Nistelrooy also continued his return to the international game after coming off the bench with a little under 20 minutes to go.
Austria had the first shot of the game through Stefan Maierhofer before visiting goalkeeper Jurgen Macho was called into action in the 10th minute when he was forced to save Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's right-footed shot with his legs. The Netherlands were having more of the play and Kuyt put his header wide from the six-yard box before Sneijder converted a simple goal in the 29th minute. Theo Janssen's pass from the left found the Inter Milan midfielder in the six-yard box and he slotted home into the centre of the goal.
Austria looked to respond and as the half wore down Franz Schiemer headed over the bar. Marko Arnautovic then fired in a long-range shot which was comfortably held by Dutch keeper Maarten Stekelenburg before David Alaba shot wide.
Sneijder went off at the half but just three minutes after the break the hosts were two goals up through Huntelaar, who headed home from close range following a cross from the left. The Dutch were in command and, as Florian Klein shot over, the hosts were yet to produce anything to threaten the hosts. And the game was over as a contest 20 minutes from time when Klein handled in the box and Kuyt converted the resulting penalty.
Austria pulled one back with six minutes to go when a spot-kick was awarded following a foul by Peter Wisgerhof on Sebastien Prodl, Arnautovic putting the ball into the bottom right-hand corner of the goal. The visitors finished well, Arnautovic drilling a shot over before Erwin Hoffer curled a right-footed shot from the left of the area forcing Stekelenburg to punch clear.