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A surprise victory for Turks over Netherlands

Turkey star Burak Yilmaz struck from outside the penalty area in the 15th minute, the ball bounced off Matthijs de Ligt, fooled the goalkeeper, and fell into the goal. Before the break, the Netherlands’ situation became more complicated.

The referee awarded a penalty kick to the Turks after Donyell Malen was fouled in the penalty area. Yilmaz stepped up to the ball and the hosts were already in a two-goal lead.

Shortly after the break, the Turks surprised their helpless rivals again.

Hakan Calhanoglu went on the scoresheet with a superb long-range strike. The Dutch succeeded in the 75th minute as they didn’t let up and were looking to score. Davy Klaassen introduced a moment earlier, beat the Turkish goalkeeper.

The visitors attacked with full force and it was already 3:2 after a while, this time goal was scored by Luuk de Jong. Putting everything on one card did not work. All because of the great Yilmaz on Wednesday.

With a beautiful free-kick, the 35-year-old striker scored his third goal. In the very end, the Dutch could have reduced the loss, but Memphis Depay did not use the penalty kick.

Wednesday’s capital spectacle ended with a surprise victory for the Turks. Scorer of three goals, Burak Yilmaz was their hero. The hosts have made a successful start to the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in Qatar. The Dutch left the field in a completely different mood, for whom such a result is a complete flop.

Watch match highlights here.

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Turkey – Netherlands 4-2 (2-0)

Goals: Yilmaz (15, 34, 81), Calhanoglu (46),Klaassen (75), De Jong (76)

Yellow cards: Karaman, Tufan, Yilmaz, Meras, Kabak – Wijnaldum

Turkey: Ugurcan Cakir – Zeki Celik, Ozan Kabak, Caglar Soyuncu, Umut Meras, Okay Yokuslu, Kenan Karaman (78. Kaan Ayhan), Ozan Tufan, Hakan Calhanoglu (78. Enes Unal), Yusuf Yazici, Burak Yilmaz (91. Deniz Turuc)

Netherlands: Tim Krul – Kenny Tete (69. Denzel Dumfries), Matthijs de Ligt, Daley Blind (82. Ryan Gravenberch), Owen Wijndal (82. Patrick van Aanholt), Marten de Roon (62. Luuk de Jong), Georginio Wijnaldum, Frenkie de Jong, Steven Berghuis, Donyell Malen (69. Davy Klaassen), Memphis Depay

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