Netherlands on verge of missing out on Euro 2016

Back-to-back defeats leave the Dutch on brink of failure to qualify for next year's event in France.

    Netherlands on verge of missing out on Euro 2016
    Turkey have left Netherlands on the verge of missing their first Euros for three decades [EPA]

    Turkey dealt a hammer blow to already faint Dutch chances of qualifying for Euro 2016 with a 3-0 home victory which left the Netherlands in fourth place in Group A.

    First-half goals by Oguzhan Ozyakup and Arda Turan put the hosts in charge and 85th minute effort by Burak Yilmaz sealed the points for Turkey who moved two points above the Dutch into third spot.

    Last week's shock loss at home to Iceland had already left the Netherlands in real danger of missing their first European Championship for three decades, but if manager Danny Blind was hoping for an immediate response from his players he would have been disappointed.

    It was another desperately laboured performance and they rarely looked like dragging themselves themselves back into the game after falling behind.

    Elsewhere, Czech Republic qualified for Euro 2016 as one of the top two teams from Group A after surviving a late fightback to beat hosts Latvia 2-1, joining England as early qualifiers.

    David Limbersky and Vladimir Darida scored the first-half goals that lifted the Czechs to 19 points, out of the reach of third-placed Turkey (12) and the Netherlands (10) with two matches to play next month.

    Iceland, on 18 points, can claim a berth later on Sunday with at least a draw when they host bottom-placed Kazakhstan.

    Meanwhile, Wales will have to wait to book their place at Euro 2016 after they failed to break down a defensive Israel in a goalless draw in Cardiff that kept them top of Group B but left the champagne on ice.

    Bidding to qualify for their first major tournament since the World Cup in 1958, they might not have to wait for more than a few hours to pop the corks should Belgium fail to win in Cyprus later on Sunday.

    Wales lead the way with 18 points, four clear of Belgium in second and five ahead of Israel in third. They will all have two games to play after Sunday's fixtures.

    Results:

    Latvia 1-2 Czech Republic
    Turkey 3-0 Netherlands
    Wales 0-0 Israel
    Malta 2-2 Azerbaijan

    SOURCE: Reuters


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