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Netherlands defeats Turkey to secure a semi-final spot in 2024 Euros

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The Netherlands staged a comeback to defeat Turkey and secure a spot in the Euro 2024 semi-finals against England.

Turkey initially took the lead with Samet Akaydin heading in Arda Guler’s cross, celebrating fervently with the Turkish fans.

However, an own goal by Mert Muldur under pressure from Cody Gakpo helped the Dutch level the score.

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The Netherlands, who had struggled in the first half, improved significantly after the break. Stefan de Vrij equalized with a header, and substitute Wout Weghorst’s defensive efforts and offensive presence were pivotal.

Weghorst’s influence was immediate, as he bolstered the Dutch attack and provided crucial defensive support.

Despite Turkey nearly doubling their lead when Guler’s free-kick hit the post, they failed to capitalize on their chances.

As the Netherlands held on, goalkeeper Bart Verbruggen made a crucial save, and De Vrij blocked several attempts. Turkey’s substitute Bertug Yildirim was sent off for dissent, adding to their woes.

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The match ended with Dutch players celebrating their hard-fought victory, while Turkey reflected on their missed opportunity to advance.
The Netherlands will now face England in Dortmund, with the winner set to play either France or Spain in the final.

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