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September 7, 2012
• Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo
• Attendance: 49500
R. van Persie 17'
L. Narsingh 90'+
The referee blows his whistle for the last time and Netherlands start their World Cup qualification campaign with a hard-fought 2-0 win. Van Persie and Narsingh the men who helped Van Gaal's team to victory.
90' + 4'
Van Persie comes close to his second goal of the evening with a superb volley after a cross from Sneijder, but his shot goes over the bar.
90' + 3'
Goal Luciano Narsingh
90' + 2'
GOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!! Narsingh puts the match to bed for Oranje as he makes it 2-0 with a delicate chip after a lightning fast counterattack.
Four minutes of added time here in the ArenA.
Ouch!!! Martins Indi stamps on Martins Indi's foot after the defender gives him a push in midfield. The Feyenoord man has to leave the pitch to undergo treatment.
Yellow Card Jetro Willems
Arda with the cross for Umut, but Vlaar rises to the occasion and heads it clear before the striker can get to it.
Dangerous counterattack from the home side, but Sneijder lacks the energy to chase down Narsingh's pass.
Yellow Card Hamit Altıntop
Physical problems force Heitinga off, and Vlaar comes on to take his place.
Good opportunity for Oranje to put the match to bed!! Hamit loses the ball to Robben, who sets up Van Persie in a dangerous area. Nevertheless, the goalscorer's pass for Narsingh is nowhere near the PSV man as Turkey breathe a sigh of relief.
Turkey with their third substitution: Mevlut replaces Tunay.
Neither of the two teams really look like scoring at this stage. Turkey struggling to find an opening in the Dutch defence, with the hosts seemingly happy to defend their 1-0 lead.
Mehmet tries his luck from 20 yards out, but the midfielder aims wide and the chance goes begging.
Turkey seem to lack creativity at the moment as Holland are happy to allow the Turkish defence a long spell of possession in their own half.
Narsingh gets past Hassan Ali with ease, but his cross again lacks accuracy as Tolga collects it.
Robben nutmegs Semih in what seems like a promising situation for the Dutch, but the defender spots the danger and makes a professional foul.
Sercan, who has looked lively throughout the game, makes way for Burak.
Hamit is starting to look tired at right-back and loses sight of Robben once more. Omer comes to the rescue, though, and the following corner leads to nothing.
Yellow Card Tunay Torun
OOOHHH!! And now it's Turkey with a gilt-edged chance. Sercan beats Van Rhijn to a good cross from the right, but his strong header goes inches over the bar.
AAAHHHH!!! That really should have been the 2-0! Sneijder with a great pass for Robben, who chips it over Tolga in the direction of Van Persie. The Man Utd man didn't expect the ball anymore, though, and was unable to head it home.
Promising attack from the 2010 World Cup finalists via Narsingh. The winger fires in a low cross for Sneijder, which is intercepted by Omer. The loose ball ends up at Fer, but his shot goes yards over the target.
First substitution of the game for Turkey: captain Emre leaves the pitch for Nuri Sahin.
Umut almost shakes off Heitinga after a long pass from Emre, but the Everton defender fights back and eventually clears the danger.
OOOHHHHH!!! Great save from Krul to prevent the equaliser. Hamit tries his luck from long range and the shot seemed destined for the top corner. However, Krul is up to the task and boxes it out for a corner.
Interesting defending from Willems here... The left-back controls a long ball, only to fire it straight into the air. Martins Indi looks surprised, but manages to clear it.
It's the Dutch who have dominated play so far in the second half. Van Persie reaches Sneijder in midfield, who immediately tries to find Robben with a through pass. Nevertheless, Hamit has a clear eye on what's happening and intercepts.
Another change for Oranje: Clasie makes way for Twente midfielder Fer, who makes his second international appearance.
Sneijder tries to reach Narsingh with a pass over the Turkish defence, but Tolga is not impressed and gets to it before the right-winger.
Netherlands immediately charge forward after the interval. Van Persie finds Willems down the left, but Hassan Ali is alert and clears the latter's low cross before Narsingh gets to it.
Ricardo van Rhijn
Turkey don't seem to have made any changes after a strong performance in the opening 45 minutes.
We're back for the second half and Oranje have made one change. Van Rhijn has come off the bench to replace Janmaat.
And the referee blows his whistle for half-time. Netherlands are 1-0 up courtesy of a single Robin van Persie strike. Turkey have had their chances, though, and will be wondering how they didn't score.
We're going to have one minute of added time in the Amsterdam ArenA.
Turkey trying to hit Netherlands on the counterattack, but a sloppy pass from Sercan means the chance goes begging. He really should have done better there.
Yellow Card Hasan Ali Kaldırım
Yellow card for Hasan Ali after a professional foul on Narsingh. The referee really had no other choice there.
Free kick for Turkey in a dangerous position after Strootman fouls Arda. Tunay sends it in and Krul completely misses it!!!! Umut's header bounces off the crossbar, though, and Holland escape once more.
Heitinga with a superb long pass for Sneijder, who chests it down before curling in a cross for Van Persie. The striker doesn't hit it cleanly, though, and his header goes out for a goalkick.
Good interception from Heitinga after a quick attack from Turkey. Tunay seemed to be on his way to Krul, but the Everton man booted the ball into the stands.
Clasie and Strootman have really been struggling so far in midfield. The youngsters lose possession too often and are having a difficult time against the Turks' physical approach.
Umut with the header after a free kick from the right, but his attempt from 10 yards goes harmlessly wide.
Another opportunity for Oranje to double their lead after good work from Robben. The winger wins the ball off Hamit before setting up Strootman, but the latter's shot is blocked by Semih.
What a chance for Holland!!! Narsingh has all the time and space he needs to send Robben through on goal, but the PSV winger hesitates way too long. He eventually tries his luck himself from the edge of the box, but his weak shot goes wide.
The Turks are all over Holland at the moment and create chance after chance. This time the cross from the left fails to find the head of Umut, but the Dutch look very vulnerable in defence.
AAAHHHH!!! Turkey once more close to the equaliser after some shocking defending from Willems. The youngster just gifts Arda the ball to send the attacker clean through. Arda's shot beats Krul, but goes inches wide.
OOOHHH!! It's once more Sercan who causes the Dutch defence all kinds of trouble after he cuts inside from the left, but his right-footed shot is kept out by Krul.
Some neat attacking play from Turkey as Sercan almost sends Arda clean through on goal, but Heitinga intercepts the pass. Another good chance for Sercan only seconds later, but this time Martins Indi reacts alert to clear the danger.
The guests are on fire now as the opener seems to have given them a real boost of confidence. Van Persie finds Sneijder after a fine individual action, but the Inter star blasts it wide from a narrow angle.
That's 30 goals in 69 international appearances now for the Man Utd man, who is trailing all-time topscorer Patrick Kluivert by 10 goals.
Assist Wesley Sneijder
Goal Robin van Persie
GOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!! 1-0 Netherlands after Van Persie heads home a corner from Sneijder.
Finally some danger from Oranje again. Van Persie finds Robben down the left with a fine through pass, but a last-ditch tackle from Hamit prevents any damage for the guests.
OOHHHH!!! Almost an own goal from Martins Indi after Krul fails to collect a cross. Poor communication between the duo!
Another corner for the hosts here as a cross from Willems is deflected out of play. Robben curls it in, but the Turkish defence isn't troubled too much.
Good attack from Oranje via Janmaat and Narsingh, but Omer is alert and kicks it out for a corner that eventually leads to nothing.
Free kick for Netherlands in a dangerous position after a foul on Robben. Sneijder curls it in toward the far post, but Tolga comes off his line to collect it.
Bulut chases down a long ball, but Martins Indi uses his body well to let the ball run out of play.
Turkey start the match with attacking intentions and don't allow Oranje any time on the ball. This time Emre bullies Sneijder off the ball, but his shot is blocked by a Dutch defender.
Oranje look dangerous for the first time as Robben escapes his direct opponent down the left, but the Bayern winger hesitates too long and has to settle for a corner kick.
OOOHHHH!!! That's almost 1-0 for the guests. Omer beats his marker to the ball and aims for the far post, only to see his header go just wide.
Turkey immediately press forward and get a corner-kick after Strootman kicks the ball out of play.
The referee has blown his whistle for the first time and the game is underway in Amsterdam!
Abdulla Avci has decided to field the following 11 players: Tolga; Hamit, Omer, Semih, Hasan Ali; Mehmet, Emre; Tunay, Arda Turan, Sercan; Umut
Van Gaal has opted for the following starting XI: Krul; Janmaat, Heitinga, Martins Indi, Willems; Clasie, Sneijder, Strootman; Narsingh, Van Persie, Robben
The Turks, meanwhile, lost versus Austria last month, but impressed in June with wins over Portugal and Ukraine.
Oranje have lost their last four games and will be desperate to return to winning ways in their second game under Louis van Gaal.
Good evening and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE coverage of the 2014 World Cup qualifier between Netherlands and Turkey at the Amsterdam ArenA.
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