The Class of Calhanoglu
The series of international matches at the end of March promises to bring new emotions to football fans. The focus will be on the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in Europe. The Netherlands as a guest on the Turkish field of Group G received a lot of attention from experts.
The orange whirlwind was filled with confidence before facing the most annoying opponent in the group. Coach Frank de Boer’s army came out with a series of notable names. Veteran goalkeeper Tim Krul takes charge of the temple guard in the wooden frame. The central defender duo are two faces Daley Blind and Matthijs de Ligt. In the context of Virgil van Dijk’s absence due to injury, De Ligt plays an important role in the back four.
In the midfield, Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong takes on the role of controlling the match alongside Marten de Roon. Man United midfielder Donny van de Beek was unexpectedly sidelined. In attack, Memphis Depay took the role of number 9, supporting him behind Georginio Wijnaldum.
On the home side, although it does not own as many stars as the Netherlands, but Turkey still has outstanding and worth-seeing names. The duo of central defenders Ozan Kabak and Caglar Soyuncu hang out in front of the goal of Ugurcan Cakır.
Midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu is playing for AC Milan and is the main creative factor in the midfield. In the highest kick position, the old general Burak Yılmaz takes on the role of a central striker.
With a superior staff, the Orange Cyclone overwhelmed Turkey right after the opening whistle. Right from the second minute, young talent Donyell Malen had a situation to threaten the goal of Cakir. Unfortunately, his shot was too gentle.
Showing a better position in terms of the game, but Frank de Boer’s army was suddenly led first. In the 15th minute, Yilmaz hit an impressive left-footed shot to tear the Dutch net against the helplessness of Tim Krul.
Receiving a goal, the Netherlands rose up strongly but had many difficulties in approaching the opponent’s goal when the Turkish defense played closely. In the 34th minute, De Ligt and his teammates received the second goal.
Malen fouled Okay Yokuslu in the Dutch 16m50 area and the referee immediately pointed to the 11m spot. Old General Yilmaz calmly defeated Tim Krul, giving Turkey a 2 goal lead. The score of 2-0 was maintained until the end of the first 45 minutes of play.
After the halftime break, the first 45-minute scenario repeats itself. The Netherlands, although holding the ball superior, lacks the necessary mutation to penetrate the Turkish defense. There was no sign of improvement on the offensive front, the Netherlands received the third goal.
In the 46th minute, conductor Hakan Calhanoglu shook the Dutch net from a technical shot more than 20m away from Tim Krul’s goal. The situation was increasingly difficult for the away team and forced the Netherlands to have a change in personnel.
69 minutes, Davy Klaassen was launched by Frank de Boer and he brought hope to the home team. 75 minutes to receive the ball from Depay, Klaassen turned to deftly remove the block from Soyuncu before hitting the Turkish net.
The Netherlands took advantage of the rising spirit and they quickly got the second goal. 76 minutes, De Jong touched the ball sensitively and put the ball into the goal of Cakir from Depay’s cross.
The atmosphere was excited when the Netherlands suddenly received a bitter fruit in the 81st minute. The old general Yilmaz set a 4-2 final victory for the home team with a classy direct-kick situation.
Thus, the Netherlands had a disappointing opening match of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in Group G. Meanwhile, with 3 points, Turkey temporarily ranks second after Norway.
Final score: Turkey 4-2 Netherlands.
Mr. Nguyen | 05:28 03/25/2021