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Netherlands 6-1 Turkey: Depay dazzles as Van Gaal’s Dutch move top of Group G

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Memphis Depay scored a hat-trick and set up another as the Netherlands thumped 10-man Turkey 6-1 at the Johan Cruijff ArenA to move to the top of their World Cup qualifying group.

Barcelona forward Depay played in Davy Klaassen to put the Dutch in front inside 54 seconds and then added a couple of his own – a brilliant strike and a penalty – before half-time.

Turkey were reduced to 10 men prior to the interval when Caglar Soyuncu was sent off and the Netherlands did not hold back, with Depay heading in from a yard out for his third of the day.

Cengiz Under profited from a defensive mistake to net a consolation, but only after substitutes Guus Til and Donyell Malen had added their names to the scoresheet in an emphatic victory for Louis van Gaal’s men.

Turkey had gone unbeaten in their first five games to lead the way at the top of Group G but were behind in Amsterdam within a minute when Klaassen played a one-two with Depay and slotted in off the post.

The pair linked up again as Klaassen flicked a return pass into the path of Depay, who kept his composure to tuck the ball away from Ugurcan Cakir and put the Netherlands well on course for an eighth straight home win.

Turkey found themselves three goals down with seven minutes of the first half still to play – Depay dinking the ball down the middle from the penalty spot after Soyuncu tripped Klaassen in the box.

Soyuncu was booked for that challenge and was issued another yellow card eight minutes later for a foul Depay, who completed his first international hat-trick early in the second half.

Feyenoord midfielder Til spun his marker and blasted in his maiden Netherlands goal and fellow substitute Malen rolled a sixth into an empty net, rendering Under’s late tap-in nothing but a consolation on a night to forget for Turkey.

What does it mean? Dutch in control of own destiny

The Netherlands have been playing catch up in Group G since losing to Turkey in their opener, but they were three goals up inside 38 minutes in this one-sided encounter. That is the fastest the Oranje have gone 3-0 up in a competitive match since September 2011 against San Marino and they went on to add two more goals to their tally.

They have now won four and drawn one of their qualifiers since tasting defeat in Turkey six months ago and lead the way in a tight group, above Norway on goal difference.

Delightful Depay

After adding to his two goals from the Netherlands’ 4-0 win over Montenegro with a hat-trick here, Depay is now level with Johan Cruyff and Abe Lenstra as his country’s eighth all-time leading goalscorer with 73 in total.

The Barcelona forward not only scored three times but also played a brilliant assist for early Klaassen’s opener – one of five key passes, which was one more than second-best Steven Berghuis, who provided the assist for Depay’s third goal.

Van Dijk scare

It was not quite the perfect result for Van Gaal as his side conceded a pretty comical goal in the second minute of added time, Under walking the ball into an empty net after Justin Bijlow played a short pass to Virgil van Dijk who failed to react under pressure from Halil Dervisoglu.

Van Dijk appeared to be hurt in that challenge in what could be an injury scare for club side Liverpool. Even accounting for that consolation, though, this was Turkey’s heaviest defeat since losing 8-0 to England in 1984.

What’s next?

The Netherlands travel to Latvia on their return to World Cup qualifying action next month, while Turkey will be looking to respond to this setback when they host Norway in their next match.

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