Netherlands overturn Turkey to challenge England in Euro 2024 semi-finals

Netherlands overturn Turkey to challenge England in Euro 2024 semi-finals
Netherlands overturn Turkey to challenge England in Euro 2024 semi-finals

The match: 2-1

Yet at “home” this Saturday evening in Berlin, the Turks were turned around by a mischievous team from the Netherlands (2-1). In front for a long time, Vincenzo Montella’s team thought they had gotten the better of a Dutch team without ideas but transformed as the game approached its epilogue.

Trailing since the 34th minute and a header from defender Samet Akaydin on an offering from Arda Güler, the Oranjes finally reacted 20 minutes from the end. Stefan de Vrij (70th) woke his team up with a powerful header then Mert Müldür, under pressure from Cody Gakpo, unfortunately beat his own goalkeeper in the process (76th).

Although the game had been lively up until then, it got wild in the final minutes. Van de Ven and Joey Veerman sacrificed themselves in extremis in front of Zeki Çelik and Kerem Aktürkoglu (84th minute) to avoid extra time. Urged on by their many supporters, the Turks then saw Cenk Tosun send a header just wide (88th minute) and Aktürkoglu miss the target in turn (90th minute + 1 minute).

Valiant until the end, like Denzel Dumfries on the ground exhausted at the final whistle, Ronald Koeman’s team fought hard to reach the last four. They will challenge England, who beat Switzerland earlier in the day (1-1, 5-3 on penalties), on July 10 in Dortmund for a place in the final.

The player: Arda Güler, the Turkish diamond

The young Madrid player delivered a recital against the Oranjes despite the defeat. Constantly available, right in each of his executions with the ball at his feet, Güler impressed from start to finish. His caviar (with his right foot, his bad foot) for Akaydin on his team’s goal was worth gold for a long time (34th).

Heir to Mesut Özil and his style in many situations, he also almost scored. A sumptuous 26-meter free kick, which he himself had won, with a fleeting trajectory, smashed Bart Verbruggen’s right post (56th) and left the Dutch still alive. A match full of personality for the number 8 who, despite the disappointment linked to the elimination, will have left his mark on the tournament (one goal, two assists).

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