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September 7, 2012 7:30 PM BST
Amsterdam ArenA — Amsterdam
Referee:‬ Carlos Velasco‎
Attendance:‬ 49500‎
 
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Netherlands 2-0 Turkey

Goal.com rates the performers on show in Oranje's hard-fought victory over the Turks at the Amsterdam ArenA

By Stefan Coerts

  • Tim Krul
    15
    2
    2.50

    Tim Krul

    The Newcastle United goalkeeper got the nod ahead of Maarten Stekelenburg, but did by no means justify his inclusion. His vulnerability on high crosses could easily have led to two goals in the first half, though he made a superb save after the break to keep his side 1-0 up.

  • Bruno Martins Indi
    14
    1
    2.50

    Bruno Martins Indi

    Almost scored an own goal after poor communication with Krul, but reacted in time to clear the ball off the goalline. Had a few difficult moments, but made some good tackles as well as he grew into the game after the break.

  • Daryl Janmaat
    6
    6
    2.00

    Daryl Janmaat

    The Feyenoord wing-back was unable to control his nerves on his debut as he lost sight of his direct opponent more than once. His below-par positioning could very well have cost the Dutch.

  • John Heitinga
    11
    2
    3.50

    John Heitinga

    Heitinga was the only defender with more than 10 international appearances under his belt ahead of the game, and his experience showed on the pitch. Made some fine interceptions and looked strong in the duels. One of his better performances for Oranje in recent years.

  • Jetro Willems
    10
    7
    2.00

    Jetro Willems

    Shocking defending almost resulted in the equaliser, but the PSV man was lucky that Arda missed the target. Looked more comfortable going forward than in defence, and still has a lot to learn.

  • Arjen Robben
    15
    3
    3.00

    Arjen Robben

    His side’s main attacking threat as he beat Hamit time and time again, but the winger often hesitated too long in dangerous situations. Did win the corner that resulted in the opener, but his final pass was below par more than once.

  • Jordy Clasie
    5
    6
    2.50

    Jordy Clasie

    Struggled with Turkey’s physical approach in midfield and lost possession too often. Nothing like the calm and collected Clasie we have come to know at Feyenoord in the past 12 months.

  • Kevin Strootman
    11
    2
    3.00

    Kevin Strootman

    Strootman was unable to leave his mark on the game as he was often outmuscled in midfield. Looked a bit more comfortable after the introduction of Fer.

  • Wesley Sneijder
    13
    2
    2.50

    Wesley Sneijder

    The Oranje skipper didn’t get involved as much as he would have liked in the first half. Did set up the opener with a well-taken corner and improved after the break. Linked up nicely with Robben, but Van Gaal will expect more of his star playmaker

  • Luciano Narsingh
    16
    2
    3.00

    Luciano Narsingh

    The PSV attacker didn’t see much of the ball as Holland’s danger mainly came down the left. Should have set up Robben in the first half after a quick counterattack, but hesitated too long. Put the match to bed with a superb finish.

  • Robin van Persie
    56
    12
    3.50

    Robin van Persie Top of the Match

    Proved Van Gaal right for fielding him with a superb goal to break the deadlock in the first half. Worked hard to make himself available and showed some decent link-up play. Unfortunate not to add a second after the break.

Substitutions

  • Ricardo van Rhijn
    9
    1

    Ricardo van Rhijn

    An improvement on Janmaat, but did let Sercan surprise him once after a cross from the right.

  • Ron Vlaar
    12
    0

    Ron Vlaar

    Came off the bench in the closing stages of the game to replace Heitinga.

  • Leroy Fer
    14
    0

    Leroy Fer

    Showed some neat passing and was never afraid to stick his feet in. Encouraging performance from the young midfielder.

  • Tolga Zengin
    0
    3
    3.00

    Tolga Zengin

    Tolga couldn't do anything about either of Oranje's two goals and oozed confidence between the sticks. Unlucky to end up on the losing side.

  • Hasan Ali Kaldırım
    1
    2
    2.00

    Hasan Ali Kaldırım

    Hardy troubled in the opening 45 minutes, but was given a hard time after the break. Deservedly booked after a professional foul.

  • Ömer Toprak
    0
    3
    2.50

    Ömer Toprak

    Omer made a number of fine challenges and interceptions and was his side's undisputed leader at the back. Can be pleased with his own performance.

  • Semih Kaya
    1
    2
    2.50

    Semih Kaya

    Nowhere to be seen when Van Persie headed home the opener, and occasionally struggled against the Man Utd man. Not a great game, but nothing to be ashamed of either.

  • Arda Turan
    4
    6
    1.50

    Arda Turan Flop of the Match

    The Atletico man looked lively before the break as he caused Oranje all kinds of troubles with his mazy dribbles, and should have scored to make it 1-1. Completely anonymous after the interval as Turkey lacked ideas.

  • Emre Belözoğlu
    1
    2
    2.50

    Emre Belözoğlu

    Fought out some interesting battles in midfield with Clasie and Strootman, and came out victorious more than once. Eventually hooked for Nuri Sahin.

  • Hamit Altıntop
    1
    3
    2.50

    Hamit Altıntop

    Had a bit of a shocker defensively as he simply couldn't keep up with Robben. Came close to levelling the scoring after the break with a powerful long range striker.

  • Mehmet Topal
    1
    3
    2.00

    Mehmet Topal

    Provided his back-four with excellent cover whenever needed, but was unable to add much on the ball.

  • Sercan Sararer
    0
    2
    2.00

    Sercan Sararer

    The attacker caused the Dutch defence all kinds of problems, but lacked an end product. Could have equalised in the second half when he headed inches over the bar.

  • Tunay Torun
    1
    1
    2.50

    Tunay Torun

    Tunay was never afraid to take on his direct opponent and made life hard for Willems. Nevertheless, like his team-mates, he faded in the second half.

  • Umut Bulut
    1
    3
    2.50

    Umut Bulut

    Umut was a real handful for the Oranje defence and was unlucky to see his header bounce back off the crossbar. Will be looking to build on tonight's performance later in the qualification campaign.

Substitutions

  • Nuri Sahin
    3
    5

    Nuri Sahin

    Took Emre's place on the hour mark, but was unable to turn things around.

  • Burak Yılmaz
    1
    2

    Burak Yılmaz

    Came off the bench as Turkey searched for an equaliser, but failed to trouble the Dutch defence.

  • Mevlut Erding
    2
    3

    Mevlut Erding

    His stamp on Martins Indi's foot was his only noticeable action of the game.

Results
Group A Matchday 1
Times In BST
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Robin van Persie Robin van Persie
Striker
Manchester United
11 2
Edin Dzeko Edin Dzeko
Striker
Manchester City
10 0
Mesut Özil Mesut Özil
Midfielder
Arsenal
8 3
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
Paris St. Germain (PSG)
8 1
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
8 0