Turkey will now be setting its sites on Tuesday night's game in Kadıköy against Estonia.
Technical Director Abdullah Avcı's surprising player selection was highly debated prior to the game for including Tunay in the line-up, playing Hamit Altıntop in the right back position. Also the fact that Selçuk İnan wasn't included in the starting line-up was a shock to all sports lovers alike.
Van Persie put the Dutch in front after 17 minutes and Narsingh broke through on the counter attack in stoppage time to seal an 11th successive World Cup qualifying win for the hosts.
Despite the Turks enjoying the better of the opening exchanges backed by about 20,000 fans, almost half of the 50,000 capacity stadium, the Dutch opened the scoring when Van Persie met a Wesley Sneijder corner. The goal boosted the home side's confidence but their careless defending continued when Willems lost the ball to Arda Turan, only for the midfielder to shoot wide. Arda Turan was definitely one of the strongest players in the game, however he missed what should have been a clear goa, when just seven minutes following Van Persie's goal, he stole the ball from under Willem's foot and came face to face against goalkeeper Krul. It would have been harder to miss than to score from that point, but the Atletico Madrid player missed indeed, sending any hopes of an early draw wayside.
Just before the break Netherlands keeper Tim Krul hesitated and almost let in Umut Bulut whose header hit the bar. Turkey began to run out of ideas and energy in the second half, allowing the Dutch to regroup and take the game to the visitors. Van Persie and Arjen Robben had decent chances before Narsingh wrapped up the 2-0 victory for the Dutch.If we are in the finals, Holland is not!
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