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European Championship Qualification






EC Qualification
March 28, 2015
 • 3:45 PM
 • Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam
 Referee: F. Brych
 B. Yılmaz 37'






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The first-half performance by the Dutch is eerily similar to that against Kazakhstan at the Amsterdam ArenA back in October. They found themselves 1-0 down at the break before turning it around in the second half and earning a 3-1 victory. With all due respect to Kazakhstan, there is a big gulf in class between these two opponents, however, and it will take all hands on deck for them to find that magic yet again this evening.

HALF TIME: NETHERLANDS 0-1 TURKEY. The Oranje have enjoyed the bulk of possession, but have precious little to show for it as Burak Yilmaz's goal has Faith Terim's side in front at the break. This would be a massive result for Turkey, while the Netherlands could really use all three points to give themselves a realistic shot at securing automatic qualification.

45' + 2'

Extra time fizzles out with little threat posed by the Dutch, with the exception of a teasing cross from Afellay, despite a lengthy two-minute spell in possession. The hosts have their work cut out for them in the second half.


There will be two minutes of added time at the end of this first half...


BRILLIANT SAVE! Sneijder tries to power a cross through into the mess of bodies in the centre and De Vrij manages to stick a leg out and direct it goalwards. His looping effort is headed in, but Babacan does so well to dive across and palm it out. It's a tremendous reactionary stop from the keeper!


Yellow Card Gökhan Töre
Tore has put in some exceptional work to track the runs of Blind into attack, but the left-back gets the better of him here as he's forced to slide in and take out the Dutch defender on the edge of the area. That will see him pick up the first yellow card of the match, as well.


Turkey have really grown into this game and have been the better of the two teams since their sluggish start. The traveling fans have made this seem like something of a home game and you can see the confidence it has given them as they get forward.


The Amsterdam ArenA is growing restless and they have every reason to be upset. Their side have fallen behind yet again, as they did early in the qualification phase against Kazakhstan. The absence of Robben and Van Persie is certainly showing, as Huntelaar has received very little service up top, acting as a lone striker.


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Goal Burak Yılmaz
TURKEY SNATCH A SHOCK LEAD THROUGH BURAK YILMAZ! It's exceptional play from Tore out on the left, who has the beating of Sneijder before crossing it into the penalty area. De Vrij doesn't get enough distance to his clearing header and Sen keeps the pressure on, passing it off for Yilmaz who takes a step to his right and powers a shot past Cillessen, with the aid of a slight deflection.


STAT ATTACK: The two teams were placed in the same group in the qualification phase for the 2014 World Cup. Netherlands registered a pair of 2-0 victories in Amsterdam and Istanbul.


Hiddink cannot be pleased with his side's play in the last 10 minutes or so. They have been lacking creativity in the final third and with Huntelaar being left alone inside the penalty area, options have been limited. The addition of a second striker would really benefit the hosts, who seem a bit crowded and confused in midfield at the moment.


Yilmaz has done very well in possession. The striker is lacking options when the ball arrives, but he's managed to fend off the advances of the Dutch defenders and win a couple of free kicks for his side, though they have amounted to very little for the visitors.


After a brief spell on the sidelines to get patched up, Stefan de Vrij is back on and he shows his worth, striding across to put in a good challenge on Sen, before rising high over Yilmaz to clear a cross from Erkin. The double intervention earns a nice round of applause from the home supporters.


The competitive nature of both teams has been on full display in this first half. You can see how much this game means to either side, with every loose ball being fiercely contested and every inch of space having to be fought for. It is making for a tremendously passionate encounter.


STAT ATTACK: Turkey are winless in their last seven European qualifying matches away from home (D4, L3). They have been held scoreless in five of those contests. Their last away victory in the competition came against Kazakhstan in September of 2010.


Depay is at it again! First a clever dummy from the winger allows the ball to run to Sneijder, who then lays off a quick return pass. Depay has a go at goal from 25 yards out, but Babacan is able to get across and hold on to prevent Huntelaar from pouncing on the rebound.


Harsh challenge! In a desperate attempt to try and win the ball back and keep the pressure on the Turkish defence, Ibrahim Afellay slides late into the left leg of Erkin. There didn't appear to be much intent in the tackle and the Olympiakos-man will escape without a booking.


Clever play from Van der Wiel, who looks to atone for his earlier mistake, and he does well to stride into space on the right flank. The PSG-man in well-renowned for his ability to provide good crosses into the area, but his end product is not up to par here as he fails to pick out Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.


The Dutch look a bit rattled after nearly conceding the opener and Turkey are looking much more confidence now. The hosts have been broken down far too easily at the back in these qualifiers thus far and their vulnerability is on full display here.


GOAL-SAVING BLOCK! What a chance for Turkey off the counter! Exceptional play from Caner Erkin who makes a tremendous run forward from left-back and beats Gregory van der Wiel all-too easily. He sends a sensational cutback pass into the path of Yilmaz who turns and fires, but Bruno Martins Indi gets his head to it to keep it out!


The Oranje have completely dominated the opening stages of the match, with Turkey hardly having a sniff of the ball. The have yet to string more than a couple of passes together, while Burak Yilmaz appears to be in for a long night as he is left all alone up top to try and hold the ball up amidst a swarm of orange jerseys.


STAT ATTACK: The Netherlands have never lost a European qualifier (including play-offs) as the home team in their history, in 51 attempts (W42, D9).


INCHES WIDE! Blind and Depay are showing an exceptional understanding of one another early on and as a result, have caused all sorts of problems for Gokhan Gonul in defence. The PSV winger is able to pick out Sneijder, but his drive from 30 yards out is sent wide of the near post.


Brilliant build-up! Daley Blind and Memphis Depay work a tidy one-two on the left, and the PSV winger takes the return pass and surges into the area. He finds a pocket of space, but tries to drive a shot in at the far post instead of trying to place it, and Volkan Babacan is able to dive across and get a strong hand to it.


There has been a whole lot of nothing taking place as we hit the five-minute mark. The ball is largely being contained in midfield, with the Dutch starting to amp up the pressure just a bit, as the crowd urges them forward.


The Dutch start as they so often like to do, passing it around at the back and getting everyone a touch of the ball. They have yet to really relinquish possession, but have hardly shown much intent to attack straight from kick-off.


We are underway! Netherlands in their classic all-oranje home strip, attacking left to right, with Turkey in white and red. Here we go!

The Dutch supporters, who have been known to make plenty of noise themselves, let out a raucous applause as their national anthem comes to a close, doing their best to drown out the traveling support - and it has made for quite the impressive atmosphere inside the Amsterdam ArenA!

Plenty of Turkish supporters have made the trip to Amsterdam and their boisterous nature is on display early as they jeer the Dutch names announced through the loudspeakers, with the exception of captain Wesley Sneijder, who plays with Super Lig club Galatasaray.

The visitors will have to make do without Atletico Madrid star Arda Turan, who misses out due to suspension, while in a rather shocking decision, Faith Terim has opted to leave Bayer Leverkusen star Hakan Calhanoglu on the bench for this important clash. Ozan Tufan pushes up into midfield, with Gohan Gonul taking his place at right-back and Olcay Sahan moving to the bench. In an attempt to bring more pace to his side, Terim is going with one striker, Burak Yilmaz, bringing pacey winger Gokhan Tore into the starting XI in place of forward Umut Bulut. Lastly, Semih Kaya has been left out of the squad altogether, meaning Wesley Sneijder's Galatasaray teammate Hakan Balta picks up a start at centre-back.

The Oranje's preparations for the match have been hampered by injuries to star players Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie, both of whom have been held out of this latest round of qualifiers. This paves the way for PSV starlet Memphis Depay to pick up a start, while Ibrahim Afellay slides up to attack, with Georginio Wijnaldum stepping into midfield. Two other changes have been made by Guus Hiddink following their 6-0 trouncing of Latvia, with Nigel de Jong getting the start in midfield, pushing Daley Blind to left-back and Jetro Willems to the bench, while Bruno Martins Indi replaces Jeffrey Bruma in defence.

TURKEY SUBS: Belozoglu, Calhanoglu, Erdinc, Bulut, Sahan, Tekin, Gunok, Ekici, Kazim-Richards, Altintop, Ozbayrakli, Gulum.

NETHERLANDS SUBS: Jaanmat, Veltman, Bruma, Willems, Clasie, Narsingh, L. de Jong, Klaassen, Promes, Krul, Vermeer, Dost.

TURKEY (4-3-3): Babacan; Gonul, Aziz, Balta, Erkin; Topal, Tufan, Inan; Tore, Sen, Yilmaz.

NETHERLANDS (4-3-3): Cillessen; van der Wiel, de Vrij, Martins Indi, Blind; de Jong, Wijnaldum, Sneijder; Afellay, Depay, Huntelaar.


With Czech Republic and Iceland both picking up points earlier today, this match becomes that much more crucial for both these two teams. Netherlands sit in third place currently, two points ahead of Turkey who are in danger of falling out of the top three race with another defeat this evening. The Oranje cannot get anywhere near first place with a victory today, but they would gain ground on top ranked Czech Republic following their draw, while remaining within three points of Iceland for second.

Good evening footy fans around the world, and welcome to another lovely evening of Euro Cup qualification. The Amsterdam ArenA is our venue tonight as the Netherlands look to get their qualifying hopes back on track against a Turkey side barely clinging to life in Group A. I am Alex Moretto and I will be your in-game host, guiding you through the match LIVE as it happens!
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