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Sukru Saracoglu Stadium (ATT 52,000) 15th October 2013 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: O Bartolo Benquerenca

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World Cup Qualifying Group D: Turkey hopes crushed by clinical Holland

Last Updated: 15/10/13 11:32pm

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Arjen Robben: Celebrates his goal for Holland

Arjen Robben: Celebrates his goal for Holland

Holland celebrated their qualification for the World Cup finals with a 2-0 win to finally end Turkey's tame challenge for a play-off place.

Fatih Terim's men needed to beat the Group D winners, who sealed their place in Brazil last week, while hoping rivals Romania dropped points.

But an early free-kick from Arjen Robben beat Volkan Demirel to put Turkey firmly on the back foot and Wesley Sneijder's goal shortly after the break confirmed a fateful 2-0 win.

It was a ninth win in 10 qualifying games for Holland but Turkey finished a poor fourth behind Romania and Hungary after both nations won their respective games against Estonia and Andorra.

In a game which featured a Holland side fresh from hammering Hungary 8-1 and a Turkey team desperate to secure second place, it was remarkable that the first 20 minutes produced only one shot on goal.

That solitary strike resulted in a goal for Holland.

In the eighth minute, Hasan Ali Kaldirim felled Robben as he loped towards the penalty area and the Bayern Munich winger promptly showed his gratitude by firing home the resulting free-kick.

His left-footed effort bounced once in front of an embarrassed Demirel before hitting the back of the net.

In the 21st minute, Robin van Persie got in the way of team-mate Sneijder's snapshot and seven minutes later Turkey enjoyed their first sight on goal.

Ajax goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen coped well with Arda Turan's effort and Holland raced straight down the other end, only for Jeremain Lens to blast Robben's cross over the bar.

Turkey pushed back, Semih Kaya unlucky not to test Cillessen with a header before Ron Vlaar blocked a smart strike from Burak Yilmaz.

It was the visitors who ended the first half on a high, though, Robben and Sneijder both slamming shots just wide of the mark.

And, immediately after the restart, the Galatasaray star hurt his host city with the second goal of the night.

Dirk Kuyt had replaced Van Persie in a double half-time substitution - Jeffrey Bruma taking over from Bruno Martins Indi - and the Fenerbahce man soon picked out Sneijder for an easy finish at the far post.

Ali Kaldirim opened Turkey up to further punishment with another foul on Robben but Sneijder's free-kick was parried clear by Demirel.

The Fener keeper was less happy to see Lens bearing down on him in the 55th minute but managed to tip the winger's clever lob over the bar.

He repeated the trick against Sneijder and Turkey were soon in the ascendancy.

Gokhan Tore led the charge, forcing a fine save from Cillessen before Vlaar and Daley Blind blocked efforts from Arda and Olcay Sahan.

Moments later, Cillessen tipped a swerving drive from Selcuk Inan into the crowd.

Holland had weathered the storm but they were caught cold in the 83rd minute as substitute Cenk Tosun snuck into the six-yard box to shave paint off the bar with a header.

Three minutes from time, Tosun appeared in the box once again to nod over, but Turkey's World Cup dream was over.

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Matches

  • FIFA World Cup European Qualifying

    Tue 15th Oct - Group E
    Tue 15th Oct - Group F
    Tue 15th Oct - Group G
    • Greece
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    • Lithuania
      0 - 1
      Bos&Herz
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    • Latvia
      2 - 2
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    Tue 15th Oct - Group D
    Tue 15th Oct - Group B
    Tue 15th Oct - Group A
    Tue 15th Oct - Group C
    Tue 15th Oct - Group H
    Tue 15th Oct - Group I

Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4