Turkey 4-2 Netherlands: Yilmaz hat-trick steals the show in thrilling World Cup qualifier

Burak Yilmaz-Turkey

Turkey picked up a 4-2 win over the Netherlands in the World Cup qualifiers earlier tonight.

Burak Yilmaz opened the scoring on the 15th minute and doubled his side’s advantage on the 34th minute.

Hakan Calhanoglu added a third for Turkey on the 46th minute and the home side were in cruise control at the start of the second half.

The Netherlands did well to get back into the game with two quick goals around the 75th-minute mark through Davy Klassen and Luuk de Jong.

However, the Turkish wrapped up the scoring on the 81st minute through Yilmaz who completed his hat trick for the night.

Memphis Depay had the opportunity to reduce the deficit in added time but the Lyon attacker missed a penalty for the Dutch outfit.

Turkey have now managed to secure a second straight win over the Netherlands and it will be interesting to see how the Dutch outfit bounce back from their dreadful start to the World Cup qualifying campaign.

The Netherlands failed to qualify for Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup. They will be desperate to cement their place in the 2022 World Cup and they will have to improve their performances in order to secure qualification.

The Dutch played without a recognised striker tonight and Memphis Depay led for his country. The likes of Berghuis and Wijnaldum were deployed in advanced roles behind Depay and Netherlands struggled to create clear cut opportunities.

They will have to bring in more quality in the final third and a recognised striker if they want to do well. The likes of Wijnaldum are more comfortable in the central midfield and Netherlands should have started the likes of Donny van de Beek and Steven Bergwijn here.