Turkey came very close to breaking Netherland’s unbeaten run at home – they haven’t lost the last twenty-two matches played at the Arena Amsterdam (18 wins, 4 draws).
Despite giving the mighty Dutch a nightmare for 91 minutes, Turkish team couldn’t stop Galatasaray midfielder Sneijder scoring on the extra time with the help of tall striker Huntelaar. The Dutch team had lost Kevin Strootman, Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben to injury but nevertheless they were the favourites, playing against a worn-out Turkish team on home ground.
Galatasaray striker Burak Yilmaz managed to untangle the central defensive axis composed of Bruno Martins and Stefan De Vrij and scored Turkey’s goal on 38th minute.
Despite making changes (Bas Dost, Narsingh), ex-Socceroo and Turkey coach Guus Hiddink’s men couldn’t respond to Burak’s goal until the extra time in the game – Fatih Terim’s team were disciplined and managed to contain their uninspired opponents.
Wesley Sneijder’s last minute shot, slightly deflected by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar helped Dutch secure a point against Turks.
With five points out of fifteen, Turkey, remain in a complicated position on the road that will lead them in France in just over a year.
The Turkish team is still far from from the Czech Republic (13 points) and Iceland (12) and Milli Takim is currently trailing group favourite Netherlands who has collected 7 points so far.
Goals: Sneijder (90th); B. Yilmaz (37)