European Championship Qualifying - Group A

Turkey 3-0 Netherlands

Robin van Persie
The Netherlands can only finish third if Turkey drop points in their last two games

The Netherlands' hopes of qualifying automatically for Euro 2016 were ended by a heavy defeat in Turkey.

Midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup raced on to an Arda Turan through ball to put the home side ahead with a chipped finish.

Turan doubled the lead by stealing the ball from a dithering Daley Blind before firing past the weak hands of Jasper Cillessen at the near post.

Burak Yilmaz added a third late on to seal a result that means the Dutch can only finish third in Group A.

But to achieve that the Netherlands must now rely on Turkey dropping points in their last two games.

Iceland confirmed their place at an international tournament for the first time when they secured the point they needed against Kazakhstan. The Czech Republic also qualified automatically after beating Latvia 2-1.

Whoever finishes behind the top two will be guaranteed a place in a two-legged play-off against another of the third-placed sides.

That is the only path open to the Dutch, but their fate is now out of their own hands after Turkey leapfrogged them with a convincing win.

It was the Netherlands' heaviest competitive defeat since 1996, when they lost 4-1 to England at Wembley in Euro '96.

"This whole qualification campaign has been incredibly difficult," said striker Robin van Persie. "We still have a chance, but it is no longer in our hands and that is terrible.''

What next for Netherlands?

Group A

Netherlands play Kazakhstan away on 10 October before their final group match at home to Czech Republic three days later, while Turkey may have a more difficult run-in, playing Czech Republic away and Iceland at home.

The last time the Dutch failed to qualify for a major tournament was the 2002 World Cup. Before that, they were absent from the 1982 and 1986 stagings and from the 1984 European Championship.



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 23Babacan
  • 2OzbayrakliBooked at 69mins
  • 4Aziz
  • 3BaltaBooked at 74mins
  • 18Erkin
  • 8Inan
  • 16TufanBooked at 87mins
  • 5CalhanogluSubstituted forTopalat 66'minutes
  • 7OzyakupBooked at 75minsSubstituted forSahanat 83'minutes
  • 10TuranBooked at 24minsSubstituted forSenat 57'minutes
  • 17Yilmaz


  • 1Recep Kivrak
  • 6Potuk
  • 9Bulut
  • 11Töre
  • 12Günok
  • 13Tasdemir
  • 14Ekici
  • 15Topal
  • 19Karadeniz
  • 20Sen
  • 21Sahan
  • 22Gülüm


Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Cillessen
  • 2Van der WielBooked at 62mins
  • 4Bruma
  • 3de VrijSubstituted forWijnaldumat 45'minutes
  • 5Riedewald
  • 8Klaassen
  • 6BlindSubstituted forde Jongat 74'minutes
  • 10Sneijder
  • 11NarsinghSubstituted forPromesat 68'minutes
  • 9van PersieBooked at 36mins
  • 7Depay


  • 12Tete
  • 13van Dijk
  • 14Kongolo
  • 15de Jong
  • 16Anita
  • 17Promes
  • 18Wijnaldum
  • 19Huntelaar
  • 20Afellay
  • 21Lens
  • 22Krul
  • 23Zoet
Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz

Match Stats

Home TeamTurkeyAway TeamNetherlands
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Turkey 3, Netherlands 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Turkey 3, Netherlands 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Netherlands. Conceded by Sener Ozbayrakli.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Robin van Persie (Netherlands) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Memphis Depay.

  5. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  6. Post update

    Delay in match Hakan Balta (Turkey) because of an injury.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Netherlands. Conceded by Burak Yilmaz.

  8. Booking

    Ozan Tufan (Turkey) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Memphis Depay (Netherlands) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Ozan Tufan (Turkey).

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Turkey 3, Netherlands 0. Burak Yilmaz (Turkey) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Caner Erkin.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Luuk de Jong (Netherlands).

  13. Post update

    Sener Ozbayrakli (Turkey) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Turkey. Olcay Sahan replaces Oguzhan Ozyakup.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Memphis Depay.

  16. Post update

    Jeffrey Bruma (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Burak Yilmaz (Turkey).

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luuk de Jong (Netherlands) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Wesley Sneijder with a cross following a set piece situation.

  19. Post update

    Memphis Depay (Netherlands) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Sener Ozbayrakli (Turkey).