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Dutch Deny Turkey

Netherlands closed off their impressive World Cup qualifying campaign with a 2-0 win over a plucky Turkey on Tuesday night.

The Dutch had the perfect start to quiet down the hostile Istanbul crowd who were ready to get behind their team in their pursuit of a play-off place.

Arjen Robben whipped a ball in from the flank and it evaded everyone before nestling in at the far post with the goalkeeper stranded just eight minutes in.

Robin van Persie then saw a strike ruled out for offside in the 12th minute before Wesley Sneijder had a shot blocked in the 21st minute.

Mehmet Topal and Semih Kaya both somehow failed to turn the ball home in the 25th minute from a free-kick while Arda Turan fired straight at the goalkeeper after racing through in the 27th minute.

Jeremain Lens responded for Netherlands with a header at the far post off of a delivery from Robben but it was off target.

Umut Bulut should have done better with a header late in the first-half but he was unable to make the most of Hasan Ali Kaldirim's perfect delivery as his header sailed wide.

That miss would be punished moments after the interval when Sneijder combined with Dirk Kuyt before firing his shot past the goalkeeper.

Still Turkey remained wasteful with Gokhan Tore stopped by the goalkeeper in the 65th minute while Olcay Sahan deflected a chance over the crossbar moments later when he looked set to score.

Turan continued to be frustrated by Jasper Cillessen while Sahan couldn't get enough on a volley in the 74th minute.

Things continued along the same lines as Turkey never really looked like finding their way back into the game despite the intention of doing so, and in the end their World Cup dreams came to an abrupt end as Romania won against Estonia at the same time.

Check: The Results Of The Most Recent Qualifiers

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