(EFE) – Three goals by Lille striker Burak Yilmaz gave Turkey victory against a Netherlands team that, despite controlling possession and shooting more on goal, left too many spaces in defense and accused the last drop time of the Valencian goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen.
The definition of captain Yilmaz, 35, was the key to the game that faced the two favorite teams of Group G in the group stage for Qatar 2022. Turkey opted to hold back and try to counterattack, a strategy that earned them arrive at minute 75 with a 3-0 in favor.
In front he had a weak Netherlands in defense and without knowing how to open the Turkish lock. Georginio Wijnaldum was missing and Frenkie de Jong lacked the initiative he has shown at FC Barcelona.
The changes introduced by Frank de Boer in the second half, including the entry of Sevillista Luuk de Jong into the field, who scored second, gave the “Clockwork Orange” hope of a comeback. They scored twice in just three minutes, but a masterful free kick by Yilmaz ended the balance for Turkey.
De Boer was at the last minute with the loss of Cillessen, who was injured in the warm-up. He introduced in his place a Tim Krul who had an unfortunate night, as he was able to do something else in the third and fourth goals for the Ottomans.
Turkey struck first in the 15th minute, after the Netherlands claimed a penalty from Salman after a corner kick. The referee did not see it and the VAR is not present in the group stage of the World Cup, so the play continued and the locals launched a counterattack. Yilmaz was left alone and unleashed a far left-footed shot that struck Matthijs de Ligt in the hand, deflecting the trajectory just enough to surprise Krul.
Frank de Boer continued with his strategy of maintaining possession of the ball and looking for holes in the Ottoman defense, but the hosts barely gave up space. Neither Donyell Malen with a long shot nor Memphis Depay, who missed two free throws, were able to equalize the score.
A three-on-three counterattack once again stoked the foundations of “Clockwork Orange” when Mallen launched himself at Yokuslu’s legs and the referee awarded a penalty. Yilmaz shot from eleven meters to the left, Krul made the statue and Turkey’s second took the marker.
A minute before the break, Frank de Boer’s men again regretted the absence of the VAR. A header from Matthijs de Ligt hit the post and Yokuslu, his whole body behind the goal line, cleared the ball with his head. The linesman made no gesture and English referee Michael Oliver let play continue.
Around the locker room tunnel, another unexpected blow brought Frank de Boer’s men to their knees. Hakan Calhanoglu received his back, the Dutch defense gave him space and the AC Milan midfielder shot with the right. A well-placed, but underpowered shot that Krul inexplicably failed to clear.
De Boer introduced Luuk de Jong in place of midfielder Marten de Roon and Davy Klaassen in place of Malen, changes that were a shock to the Dutch and gave them hope to turn the game around.
The visitors scored two goals in less than three minutes, both assisted by Memphis Depay. The first was a masterpiece by Klaassen, who in a space of two square meters controlled from behind, turned around and fired into the back of the net surrounded by three Turkish defenders.
In the second, Sevilla’s Luuk de Jong touched Depay’s center with his head, the ball hit the body of goalkeeper Cakir and, crying, he entered the local goal.
The comeback seemed possible, as there were still thirteen minutes to go to the end of the game and the Dutch launched themselves with everything to attack. Yilmaz, man and lord of the party, did not allow it.
The Lille striker launched a free kick with his right that sneaked into the corner of Krul’s goal. In the final minutes, Depay missed a penalty that was saved in two halves by goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir.
– Data sheet:
4. Turkey: Cakir; Meras, Soyüncü, Kabak, Celik; Yokuslu; Yazici (d. 64, Erkin), Calhanoglu (d. 78: Unal), Tufan (d. 64, Antalyali), Karaman (d. 78: Ayhan); Yilmaz (d. 90, Turuc).
2. Netherlands: Krul; Wijndal (d. 82: Van Aanholt), Blind (d. 82: Gravenberch), De Ligt, Tete (d. 69, Dumfries); Frenkie de Jong, Wijnaldum, De Roon (d. 62, Luuk de Jong) .; Malen (d. 69, Klaassen), Depay, Berghuis.
Goals: 1-0, m. 15: Yilmaz. 2-0, m. 34: Yilmaz, penalty. 3-0, m. 46: Calhanoglu. 3-1, m. 75: Klaassen. 3-2, m. 77: Luuk de Jong. 4-2, m. 81: Yilmaz.
Referee: Michael Oliver (ING) showed a yellow card to Karaman, Tufan, Yilmaz, Meras and Kabak from Turkey and Wijnaldum from the Netherlands.
Incidents: Match corresponding to the first day of the group stage of the Qatar 2022 World Cup, played behind closed doors at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium, in Istanbul.