Netherlands Edge Out Turkey in Euro 2024 Quarter-Final Thriller

In a gripping quarter-final clash at Euro 2024, the Netherlands emerged victorious over Turkey, setting up a semi-final showdown with England next week.

Turkey, who consistently threatened on the counter-attack, took the lead through a well-placed header by centre-back Samet Akaydin from Arda Guler’s cross in the first half. Akaydin celebrated passionately with the Turkey fans, creating a memorable moment.

However, the Dutch mounted a comeback in the second half, spurred by substitute Wout Weghorst. Stefan de Vrij equalized with a header, moments after Weghorst’s crucial defensive play inside his own box. The decisive moment came when Mert Muldur, under pressure from Cody Gakpo, inadvertently bundled the ball into his own net.

Turkey nearly doubled their lead when Guler’s free-kick hit the post, but they failed to capitalize on their chances. Despite a strong first-half performance, Turkey couldn’t maintain their lead. Goalkeeper Bart Verbruggen’s late save from Kerem Akturkoglu and crucial blocks from De Vrij secured the Dutch victory.

An unused substitute, Bertug Yildirim, was sent off for dissent, and the Netherlands players celebrated their hard-fought win at the final whistle.

Weghorst Makes the Difference for the Netherlands

The pressure had been mounting on the Netherlands before their impressive 3-0 win over Romania in the last 16. However, their first-half performance against Turkey was lackluster, with Koeman’s team struggling against Turkey’s counter-attacks and creating few chances.

Koeman made a decisive change at halftime, bringing on Weghorst, who immediately impacted with his height, intelligent runs, and defensive work-rate. This shift in dynamics proved crucial as the Netherlands took control of the game.

Turkey Miss Chance to Reach Semi-Finals

Turkey’s tournament ended in disappointment despite a brilliant campaign. They overcame Austria in the last 16 and posed a significant threat to the Netherlands. Akaydin’s opener highlighted Turkey’s strong first-half performance, but they couldn’t maintain their momentum.

Despite testing the Dutch defense with Baris Alper Yilmaz’s runs and Guler’s trickery, Turkey lacked the ruthlessness needed to secure a win. The Netherlands found a higher gear in the second half, and Turkey’s response came too late.

As the Netherlands prepare to face England in Dortmund on Wednesday, Turkey can reflect on a commendable tournament, even if it ended in missed opportunities.

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