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Wednesday 24 March 2021
Veteran Turkish striker Burak Yilmaz regained the memory of scoring and scored three goals (hat-trick) to lead his country to a big 4/2 victory over the Dutch counterpart today, Wednesday, at the opening of the two teams’ march in the European qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The Turkish national team topped Group G early by harvesting its first three points in the qualifiers, before its difficult match against the Norwegian team next Saturday in the second round of group matches.
On the other hand, the Dutch national team will host its Latvian counterpart next Saturday in the second round of group matches.
The Turkish national team decided the first half in its favor with two goals scored by Yilmaz, 35, in the 15th and 34th minutes from a penalty kick.
At the start of the second half, Hakan Chalhanoglu scored the third goal for the Turkish national team in the 46th minute, and the visitors responded with two consecutive goals scored by substitute Davy Klasen and Luuk de Jong in the 75th and 76th minutes.
Yilmaz, however, completed the hat-trick with his country’s fourth goal in the 81st minute, extinguishing the visitors’ hopes of a draw.
Memphis Depay missed a penalty kick for the Dutch national team in the fourth minute of the match’s stoppage time.
Yilmaz raised his score to 27 goals in the international matches he fought with the team, noting that his two goals today came after ten matches in which the player fasted from scoring with the team.
Yilmaz’s last goal with the Turkish national team two years ago was against the Albanian team on March 22, 2019, when the Turkish team won 2-0 in the qualifiers for the upcoming European Nations Cup (Euro 2020).
Despite a good start for the Dutch national team in the match, players Donielle Malin and Memphis Depay were unlucky in more than one ball, especially with Malin’s weak shots.
And the Dutch national team paid and then did not take advantage of the opportunities it had at the beginning of the match, as Burak Yilmaz took advantage of a ball prepared for him by his colleague Hakan Chalhanoglu and hit the ball from 25 meters to hit the hand of Dutch player Matthias de Licht and then continued its way to settle in the goal to the right of goalkeeper Tim Kroll to be the goal of progress For the owners of the land in the 15th minute.
The goal gave Turkish players great confidence, but the guests tried to respond quickly through some skirmishes.
Despite this, the Dutch national team remained far from the real threat to the Turkish goal, as Malin ended an attack by the team, in which he exchanged the ball with Depay, with a weak shot in the hands of Turkish goalkeeper Urjan Chakir in the 20th minute.
Depay also fired a free kick from outside the penalty area in the 32nd minute, but it passed over the bar.
On the other hand, the Turkish team’s rapid attacks posed a grave danger to the Dutch defense, and one of them was the Turkish national team receiving a penalty kick in the 33rd minute.
Okay Yukushlu tried to penetrate into the Dutch penalty area, but he did not find Malin who seemed to be hindering him, and the referee did not hesitate to count a penalty kick for the landowners.
Yilmaz hit the penalty spot on the right of the goalkeeper, scoring the second goal for himself and the team in the 34th minute.
While the Turkish team’s confidence increased in the following minutes, the Dutch team appeared without real teeth and did not pose any danger except for a dangerous opportunity in the 45th minute after a corner kick met Matthias de Ligt with a header to hit the post and one of Turkey’s defenders removed it from above the goal line, while the Dutch players confirmed that The ball crossed the goal line.
But the referee indicated the continuation of the game, to end the first half with the Turkish team leading 2 clean goals.
At the start of the second half, the Turkish team dealt a heavy blow to its guest when Chalhanoglu scored the team’s third goal in the 46th minute with a powerful surprise shot from outside the penalty area, which landed on the goalkeeper’s left.
The goal raised the ire of the Dutch, who tried to respond and posed some danger, but to no avail, while the danger continued in the quick attacks of the landowners, even if they did not result in more goals.
And the Dutch national team’s attempts resulted in a wonderful goal in the 75th minute, after an organized attack and a cross pass by Debye from the right, and substitute Dave Klassen brilliantly received the center of Turkey’s defenders, then turned around and shot the ball from the center of the penalty area into the goal.
The Dutch national team did not give its hosts any opportunity to rearrange the cards, as it surprised it with the second goal in the next minute immediately after a similar pass from Depay on the left side, and the other substitute de Jong pounced on it with his head under pressure from the goalkeeper to hit the ball into the goal and failed attempts by the Turkish defense to clear it.
But Yilmaz thwarted the Dutch attempt to fully return in the match when he scored his third (hat trick) and the fourth for his team in the 81st minute with a typical free kick shot from outside the penalty area in the upper corner of the goal to the left of goalkeeper Kroll.
Turkish goalkeeper Cakir saved a penalty kick from Debay in the fourth minute of stoppage time, double the ordeal of the Dutch national team, just before the whistle blew at the end of the match.