The Netherlands starts the World Cup campaign in a minor key: Burak Yilmaz (again) the bogeyman of Orange

Nederland begint WK-campagne in mineur: Burak Yilmaz (opnieuw) de boeman van Oranje

Burak Yilmaz and matches against the Netherlands: it remains a successful combination. In the previous two mutual duels, the Lille striker also scored twice, and on Wednesday evening he added another hat-trick. After a crazy match, the Netherlands lost 4-2, and so it has to chase right away in its group.

The Netherlands nevertheless took the initiative against the Turks, but real opportunities did not arise in the opening phase. In the fifteen minutes it was Turkey that scored from the first real possibility of the match: the Netherlands first claimed a penalty after alleged hand play in the box, but referee Oliver let play continue. The Turks then switched quickly: Burak Yilmaz received the ball on the edge of the box, and through De Ligt’s arm his shot whirled past Krul into goal.

Malen’s stupid mistake takes away Dutch hope

Without forcing really big opportunities, the Netherlands did put the pressure on. However, shots from Memphis Depay and Donyell Malen could not disturb the Turkish goalkeeper. Turkey lurked for the counter, and that paid off: after a Dutch corner, the Turks countered their way forward, and Malen took a penalty for the home team after a clumsy foul. Burak Yilmaz did not miss, the Netherlands in trouble.

Just before half-time, the Netherlands had the chance to score the tying goal, but De Ligt’s header was saved from the line by Yokuslu. Orange did claim a goal, but on the images it is difficult to see whether or not the ball was over the line.

Second half starts with a new cock

“The Netherlands will undoubtedly do its utmost in the second half to rectify the skewed situation,” you would think. Nothing could be further from the truth: after barely 33 seconds, Hakan Çalhanoglu pulled the trigger from a distance, and the ball disappeared neatly into the far corner, 3-0.

Only a miracle could keep the Netherlands from the defeat, scoring as quickly as possible was the plan. Initially, however, it created too few opportunities to claim goals: a free kick from Berghuis that went just wide, was almost the most dangerous feat of our northern neighbors in the first half hour of the second half.

Burak Yilmaz shatters Dutch hopes

Out of nowhere, the game seemed to be heading for an exciting closing quarter. First, Davy Klaassen, who had just come in, scored the 3-1, barely a minute later Luuk de Jong even scored the tying goal.

The Netherlands believed in a turnaround, but that was calculated outside Burak Yilmaz – yes, again he -: 10 minutes before the end, the 35-year-old striker painted a princely free kick in the square. To make matters worse, Depay missed a penalty for the Netherlands in the final minute.

The Netherlands thus begins its qualifying campaign for the 2022 World Cup that will take place in Qatar with a defeat. Here and there in the Netherlands it is even cited to boycott the World Cup given the circumstances in Qatar, but tonight it was the first to kick off the qualification campaigns for that World Cup. If the Netherlands continues this momentum, a boycott may not even be necessary.


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