Turkey 3-0 Holland: Dutch Euro 2016 hopes take a huge blow as they slide to fourth in Group A with an emphatic defeat
- Oguzhan Ozyakup put Turkey ahead after eight minutes against Holland in the Group A encounter
- Arda Turan assisted the first and then doubled his side’s lead after 26 minutes with a low strike
- Burak Yilmaz then converted Canir Erkin’s cross five minutes from time to seal victory
- Holland have dropped to fourth in Group A and now can only qualify for Euro 2016 through the play-offs
Holland’s Euro 2016 qualifying campaign was plunged into further disarray on Sunday as they were beaten 3-0 by Turkey and dropped to fourth in Group A.
Oguzhan Ozyakup opened the scoring after eight minutes with his first international goal before Arda Turan doubled the hosts’ lead by beating Jasper Cillessen at his near post before half-time. Burak Yilmaz sealed victory five minutes from the end.
Danny Blind’s side are now two points behind Turkey, who have moved third and occupy the play-off spot in the group. The first two teams automatically qualify but with only two games remaining, Holland cannot catch the current occupiers, Iceland and Czech Republic, who have both qualified.
Wesley Sneijder holds his hands in dismay as Holland crashed to a 3-0 defeat away to Turkey on Sunday in Group A
Oguzhan Ozyakup celebrates putting Turkey ahead after eight minutes against Holland in the Group A encounter
Arda Turan assisted the opening goal and then scored the second, and was mobbed by his team-mates as Turkey went 2-0 ahead
Burak Yilamz (centre) scored the third for Turkey five minutes from full-time to secure an emphatic victory
This defeat means the only way Holland will be able to reach Euro 2016 is via a finish of third but now their fate is out of their hands. Their final two games of qualifying are away to Kazakhstan and at home to Czech Republic in October and they need Turkey to drop points against the Czechs or Iceland.
Blind rang the changes following Holland’s 1-0 defeat at home by group leaders Iceland on Friday.
His son, Manchester United’s Daley Blind, replaced Georginio Wijnaldum in midfield, with Ajax teenager Jairo Riedewald making his Holland debut at left-back.
Robin van Persie came in for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, while Jeffrey Bruma and Luciano Narsingh took the places of the suspended Bruno Martins-Indi and the injured Arjen Robben.
But it did not take long before Blind’s shuffled side were trailing to Turkey, who were backed by typically vociferous support at the Konya Torku Arena.
Turan unhinged the Holland defence with a pinpoint pass into the stride of Ozyakup, who waited for Cillessen to dive at his feet before lofting the ball over the Ajax stopper and into the far corner.
Holland had chances to equalise, with Narsingh bringing a neat stop from Turkey’s Volkan Babacan…