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The Dutch team beat Andorra 4-1 in a fiery encounter in the Philips Stadium on Wednesday night. Holland now need just one more point to ensure qualification for the World Cup 2006 in Germany. Spoiling tacticsAs the Dutch team failed to impress away against Armenia last weekend, they were very motivated to collect an emphatic victory in a fine performance over minnows Andorra, who are known to make up for their lack of technical skills by making all-out efforts and applying spoiling tactics. And the Dutch team were dragged down by the behaviour of the visitors in Eindhoven. PSV player Phillip Cocu was even given his marching orders seven minutes from half time, for apparently elbowing an Andorra striker, after Van der Vaart had received a bad knock. Cocu will have to serve a one-match ban and is consequently ruled out for the crucial clash against The Czech Republic. Ruud van Nistelrooy doubleTheo Lucius the other PSV player that coach Marco van Basten had included in his starting line-up. And Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink was brought on for Lucius twenty minutes from final time. It was the fifth time 'VOH' was capped. Holland scored three goals in the first period. Van der Vaart scored a glorious opening goal on twenty minutes with a superb lob at the far post. After Lima had turned a Cocu header into the net for an own goal, Van Nistelrooy made it three. Van Nistelrooy was given a great opportunity to increase the advantage in the closing stages, but the prolific striker failed to convert from the spot. However, he made amends by tapping in the fourth goal after all from a Robin van Persie cross. Van Nistelrooy surpassed the record tally of goals (24) scored by his coach Marco van Basten. Van Nistelrooy has now taken his tally to 25.