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Written By Albert Echatah

On Saturday night, Netherlands and Turkey will lock horns for a spot in the Euro 2024 semi-finals. A win for either side will put them in the spot where they’ll face the winners of the Switzerland vs England encounter.


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Netherlands

The Netherlands, who are only three wins away from winning the European Championship trophy, have safely clinched an European Championship quarterfinals berth despite a topsy turvy start to the tournament.

Ronald Koeman’s team are one of the favourites in their side of the knockout draw, despite finishing third in Group D after defeating Austria 3-2, drawing even with France, and winning against Poland. After a fairly even last-16 match against Romania, the Oranje won 3-0, but it could have been more because Ronald Koeman’s side had more than 50 touches inside the Romanian half.

Turkey

The Crescent-Stars scored the fastest European Championship knockout stage goal in history during their last-16 matchup against Ralf Rangnick’s Austrian side. All of a sudden, Vincenzo Montella’s men can fancy their chance against the rest of the teams.

Merih Demiral doubled his goal total in a single game after only scoring twice in 47 prior international appearances. However, the Austrians rallied and came dangerously close to sending the thrilling encounter into extra time. The only thing that stopped Ralf Rangnick’s side from extending the tie into extra time was a moment of Turkey’s Mert Gunok brilliance, as the 35-year-old made a world-class save in the dying minutes of the game.

Head To Head

Historically, Netherlands have had a slight advantage, winning 4 of the last 8 meetings. The last time the two nations faced off, Ronald Koeman’s team easily prevailed, 6-1.

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Key Performers

With three goals and one assist in the Netherlands’ four Euro 2024 games, Gakpo has been unstoppable for the team. He has a talent for spotting the net, making him a formidable attacker.

In his four appearances for Turkey at Euro 2024, Arda Guler has excelled with one goal and one assist. He can breach defences because he is a creative player.

Verdict

Even with the stakes so high, goals are probably going to happen in this fixture, both nations have the ability to be both dynamic offensively and defensively. Turkey will have the support of a huge crowd in Germany, however, Netherlands seem to be settling into their groove and could just edge Turkey at the Olympiastadion.

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