European Qualifiers Day 6 - Netherlands vs. Turkey
Updated: Oct 13, 2021
FIFA World Cup Qualifying
Yet another round of qualifying in the European bracket for the 2022 World Cup took place overnight as matchday 6 took center stage. Groups A, D, F, G, & H all had fixtures take place. For all the latest scores, tables, and a closer look at the match of the day, please read on.
NETHERLANDS vs TURKEY
The Netherlands welcomed Turkey to the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam off of the back of a comfortable 4-0 victory on matchday 5 against Montenegro. With Turkey coming off of a victory themselves against Gibraltar, the stage was set for a huge encounter with huge rewards. With a victory, Turkey would take the lead in the group, regardless of the result in Norway. For the Dutch, a victory would in all likelihood bring them to level with the Norwegians at the top of the Group G standings.
It only took 54 seconds for the Netherlands to send the home support into raptures. The Turkish failed to clear the ball from their left-back position under duress from Berghuis and Dumfries. When the ball was rifled in a sublime first touch from Davy Klaasen set up Memphis Depay to knock it straight back to him. Klaasen made absolutely no mistake firing at the far post, giving the Turkish 'keeper no chance.
Things went from bad to worse for The Crescent Stars as Depay and Klaasen linked up again. After some intricate passing play, it was Klaasen with the assist this time as he knocked a beautiful overhead pass into the path of Memphis Depay who kept his hot streak of scoring going to make it 2-0 after just 15 minutes of play.
Klaasen and Depay linked up again after Klaasen was fouled in the box and Depay stepped up to dink a Panenka penalty past the helpless Turkish 'keeper to make it 3-0, and it wasn't even halftime.
Things would get worse before the break for the visitors when defensive lynchpin and Leicester City star Caglar Soyuncu was shown a red card for a second bookable offense
The second half saw Depay complete his hattrick and join legendary countryman Abe Lenstra and worldwide icon (and the man who the stadium they were playing in was named after) Johan Cruijff with 33 international goals. He nodded home from a free-kick that was aimed at the far post and helped on to his head.
There were late goals for Donyell Malen and Guus Til as well as a consolation for Turkey when Cengiz Under took advantage of some defensive confusion between Van Dijk and Bijlow and fired home past a prone Virgil Van Dijk. The sight of which will have Liverpool fans the world over holding their collective breath.
In the end, it was a comprehensive 6-1 victory to the Oranje.
Elsewhere Norway took care of Gibraltar as expected, winning comfortably 5-1 with superstar Erling Haaland netting a hattrick. And France took care of Finland 2-0, thanks to a brace from Antoine Griezmann which placed him level with Michel Platini on 41 goals for Les Bleus.
Group A: Azerbaijan 0-3 Portugal, Republic Of Ireland 1-1 Serbia
Group D: Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-2 Kazhakstan, France 2-0 Finland
Group F: Faroe Islands 2-1 Moldova, Denmark 5-0 Israel, Austria 0-1 Scotland
Group G: Montenegro 0-0 Latvia, Norway 5-1 Gibraltar, Netherlands 6-1 Turkey
Group H: Russia 2-0 Malta, Slovakia 2-0 Cyprus, Croatia 3-0 Slovenia
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