Burak Yilmaz scored three goals as Memphis Depay provided two assists in the mouth-watering clash which the underdogs got an impressive win in a quest to qualify for the World Cup 2022 in Qatar.
Turkey’s striker Burak Yilmaz scored two first half goals to give them a much deserved lead. The first goal came in the 16th minute, from a moment of brilliance by the Ac Milan man Hakan Calhanoglu who set up a superb assist.
Yilmaz was yet again on the score sheet after he converted a 34th minute spot-kick past Tim Krul. It is never easy to score penalties past Krul as his most memorable moments came from the 2014 Brazil World Cup when he sent Netherlands to the semi-finals by saving two penalties.
The first half was however dominated by the Dutch, leave alone the two moments of shame at their backline. It was not the usual line up as Danny Blind came to the centre to cover for the injured defensive maestro Virgil Van Dijk. The Dutch had three of their efforts on target saved by the Turkey’s goalie. In addition to that, they hit the woodwork once in the first half to showcase their attacking prowess.
The start of the second half caught the Holland boys by a surprise as they conceded an early goal in the 46th minute. Hakan Calhanoglu was this time the goal scorer from a Cengiz Umut Meras assist. Netherlands gained morale as the game progressed and they looked set to produce a comeback. Lyon’s dangerman, Memphis Depay, produced two assists for two second half substitutes Davy Klaassen and Luuk de Jong. The two goals came in a span of a minute as they were scored on the 75th and 76th minutes.
Netherland’s joy was cut short by Turkey’s dangerman Yilmaz when he scored his third for the game, completing his hattrick. The goal scorer was then substituted in the 90th minute to recover awaiting their next game against Haaland’s Norway on 27th March 2021.