EURO 2024 Quarter Finals | Netherlands vs Turkey

Netherlands vs Turkey (Berlin, 21:00)

The Dutch might have been disappointed by some of their performances in the group stages, but their performance against Romania has changed many people's perceptions. With a blend of tactical flexibility, a solid defence, and potent attacking options, they’re a force to be reckoned with. Even with injuries to key players, the Dutch have shown that their squad has depth, as substitutes have effectively stepped up when needed.

On the other hand, Turkey has been one of the tournament's surprise packages, having defeated Austria, who finished above the Netherlands in the group stages. Known for their passionate play, they’ve embraced their underdog status to reach this point. The Turkish team also boasts a passionate fan base that has provided immense support, even in Germany. Despite facing some tough situations, Turkey has shown remarkable resilience and has set up an exciting clash against the Netherlands.




Performance in Round of 16

The Netherlands showed their class in the Round of 16, defeating Romania in a convincing performance. They took an early lead and could control the ball for most of the game before finally confirming their win in the match's final stages.

Every player did his job, with the midfield controlling the pace and the forwards providing the required finishing. Defensively, they were also well organised and disciplined, effectively neutralising any opposition threats. This impressive display could mean they have finally found their footing and could be ready for more success.

Turkey’s journey to the quarterfinals has been nothing short of dramatic. Their Round of 16 match was against an opponent that finished above both France and the Netherlands in the group stages. Despite facing a technically superior team, Turkey managed to overcome their opponents by scoring early on and then holding their advantage with strong discipline in the defence.

Their counterattacking strategy paid off the whole tournament, and they capitalised on a defensive error in this tie to take the lead. Despite intense pressure in the match's latter stages, their goalkeeper made several crucial saves to secure a narrow but deserved victory.

Match Analysis

Like many strong football teams, the Netherlands take a possession-based approach, focusing on controlling the midfield and creating scoring opportunities for their forwards. They use a flexible formation that can shift between a 4-3-3 and a 3-5-2, depending on the phase of play.

The full-backs often push forward to provide width, while the midfielders maintain a high tempo and press aggressively with the defence when out of possession. This tactical versatility has been key to their success, allowing them to adapt to different opponents and situations seamlessly when needed.

Turkey, in contrast, takes a more pragmatic approach to team formation, focusing on defending and quick counter-attacking transitions. They often play a 4-2-3-1 formation, with two holding midfielders providing extra cover for the backline. The wingers and full-backs are also key in counterattacks, using their pace to exploit any spaces left by the opposition.

Turkey’s team also has several physically strong players, which makes it dangerous on set-pieces. They try to be as balanced as possible in their approach, and so far, they have used this to great effect to make it to the quarter-finals.

Players to watch

As the teams prepare for the match, all eyes will be on the key players who could make a significant difference.

Memphis Depay: The forward has been one of the most consistent players for the Netherlands in recent years, and he is currently just five goals shy of becoming the nation's all-time top goal scorer. Known for his dribbling skills, vision, and finishing, Depay is a constant threat to any defence. Depay will be looking to etch his name in the Dutch history books as one of their most influential players and he is undoubtedly one to watch in this match.

Hakan Çalhanoğlu: While the world seems to be discussing Arda Guler, the youngster has only started making his mark on football. Hakan Calhanoglu is probably the most developed player on this current Turkish side. The creative midfielder is the heartbeat of both his club and nation with his exceptional vision and passing skills. His performances for Inter Milan have shown us how he can change the game with a single moment of brilliance, and we might see one of those moments in this game as well.

Match Prediction

While both teams have shown remarkable qualities to reach this stage, many can see that the Dutch have a clear edge in terms of stability. Turkey has used its resources with maximum effectiveness, but its engine has to stop at some point. Turkey might not get a chance to exploit any gaps against the disciplined Dutch side, and this is where we see the end of the road for them.