Turkey could strike a blow against the Netherlands in Sunday’s critical Group A Euro Championship qualifier and lever them out of third place.
In their first encounter in the group the Turks came close to winning and held a slender one nil lead before Klaas-Jan Huntelaar struck deep in added time to salvage a point for the Netherlands.
The home side have proved to be shy in front of goal in the qualifiers scoring just eight and conceding nine.
It’s just over a year since the Netherlands finished third at the World Cup but they now face the prospect of not making it past the Euro qualifiers.
New coach Danny Blind knows they must beat the Turks who are just one point behind them in the table to have a chance of qualifying.
The Dutch were beaten one nil at home in their last qualifier by group leaders Iceland. “We now face climbing a mountain, we need points,” said the new coach ahead of the clash against Turkey.