The Netherlands had a disappointing start to their World Cup qualifying campaign on Wednesday night, losing 4-2 away to Turkey.
A hat trick by veteran player Burak Yilmaz helped see off the Group G favourites in what Dutch media describe as an embarrassing defeat.
Dutch captain Georginio Wijnaldum, standing in for the injured Virgil van Dijk, said after the game: ‘given the missed opportunities, you could say Turkey wanted it even more.’
Coach Frank de Boer said the Turkish side were deadly and effective. ‘It was a very bad result.’
Elsewhere in Group G, Norway beat Gibraltar 0-3 and Montenegro beat Latvia 1-2. Only the winners of each group qualify directly for next year’s tournament in Qatar.
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