Netherlands beats Turkey 1-0 in friendly

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored in the 52nd minute Wednesday to give

the Netherlands a 1-0 win over Turkey in a friendly.

Valencia midfielder Hedwiges Maduro masterminded the goal,

winning the ball from left back Ismail Koybasi before sending over

a cross to Huntelaar, who slid it home from close range. The goal

silenced a sizable Turkish crowd, which had been throwing flares

onto the pitch throughout the game.

Substitute Kazim Kazim wasted an opportunity to equalize for

Turkey in the 75th when his shot hit the side netting with an open


Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk said: ”We didn’t do well in

first half but we did well in the second.”

Turkey’s Dutch coach Guus Hiddink had no complaints about his

side’s performance against the World Cup finalist, saying: ”I am

satisfied with the way we played against the number two best team

in the world. Most of our players had never played international

football before today.”

Supported by a loyal fanbase surprisingly outnumbering the Dutch

crowd, Turkey enjoyed a long spell of possession in the opening


But its real first chance came in the 10th minute when Nuri

Sahin’s through ball picked out Burak Yilmaz, whose shot from 10

yards (meters) needed a diving save from Ajax goalkeeper Maarten


The Netherlands immediately responded with Rafael van der

Vaart’s curling free kick, which flew wide after being blocked by

the Turkish defence.

With both sides struggling to create any meaningful chances,

Ibrahim Afellay tried his luck with a left-footed shot from the

edge of the area in the 30th minute.

Wesley Sneijder almost put the Netherlands ahead with a fierce

long-range free-kick which rebounded off the Turkish wall.

Yilmaz tried to break the Dutch dominance in the second half by

firing a shot from 25 yards but Skekelenburg made a sharp save.

Umut Bulut had Turkey’s best chance on the hour mark when his

point-blank header from Sahin’s free kick was saved by


Huntelaar had a chance to double the Netherlands lead in the

84th minute but his shot went wide, while Turkey substitute Engin

Bayta forced a double save from Stekelenburg four minutes