Netherlands v Turkey: Euro 2024 quarter-final – live

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Netherlands: Verbruggen, Dumfries, de Vrij, van Dijk, Ake, Reijnders, Schouten, Bergwijn, Simons, Gakpo, Depay.
Subs: Geertruida, de Ligt, Wijnaldum, Weghorst, Bijlow, van de Ven, Veerman, Blind, Brobbey, Zirkzee, Flekken, Gravenberch, Frimpong, Malen.

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Turkey: Gunok, Muldur, Akaydin, Bardakci, Kadioglu, Ayhan, Ozcan, Guler, Calhanoglu, Yildiz, Yilmaz.
Subs: Celik, Yokuslu, Akturkoglu, Tosun, Yazici, Bayindir, Kaplan, Kahveci, Cakir, Kilicsoy, Akgun, Yildirim.

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Referee: Clement Turpin (France).

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There weren’t too many people making a case for the Netherlands at the start of this tournament; Turkey began the month as the darkest of dark horses. Hipsters’ choices at best. But now look at them. The Dutch sashayed gracefully into the last eight with a 3-0 defeat of Romania; Turkey stormed into the quarters with a thrilling high-octane victory over Austria. Both teams have brought goals and entertainment to the party, and a legitimate case can be made for both as possible winners of the whole darn thing. Which sets up this quarter-final deliciously. Here’s to it delivering. Kick-off is at 8pm BST. It’s on!

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Style guide:

George
George

GEORGE: What is Holland?
JERRY: What do you mean, ‘what is it?’ It’s a country right next to Belgium.
GEORGE: No, that’s the Netherlands.
JERRY: Holland is the Netherlands.
GEORGE: Then who are the Dutch?

Jerry
Jerry

For once George is right: according to the official Guardian style guide, “Holland
should not be used to mean the Netherlands (of which it is a region)”. But then you knew that already, and can see straight through my transparent excuse to put up this classic Monk’s Café-infused back-and-forth.

As for Türkiye, Turkey is still Guardian style, so that’s why this MBM will go with that.

Turkey: co-hosts, for all intents and purposes. It’s fair to say the Turkish diaspora in Germany have made their mark at this tournament, and tonight in Berlin is no exception …

Turkey supporters near Breitscheidplatz. Photograph: Ralf Hirschberger/AFP/Getty Images

… though to be fair to the Dutch, who are hoping to win their second European Championship on German soil after Euro 88, their representation isn’t too shabby either. There’ll be a party atmosphere one way or another tonight.

Netherlands fans elsewhere in Berlin. Photograph: Thilo Schmülgen/Reuters

The historical head-to-head between these two countries doesn’t tell us much. The Netherlands have six wins to Turkey’s four, so it’s been pretty balanced over the long haul. The teams recently met during qualification for the 2022 World Cup, but that hardly splits them either: Burak Yılmaz was the hat-trick hero as Turkey won 4-2 in Istanbul, while Memphis Depay scored three as the Netherlands ran out 6-1 winners in Amsterdam. So good luck predicting which way tonight’s match will go with supreme confidence.

The Netherlands name an unchanged starting XI after their comfortable win over Romania. Turkey make three changes, and they’re all enforced: Orkun Kökçü, İsmail Yüksek and Merih Demiral are all suspended; Samet Akaydin, Salih Özcan and captain Hakan Çalhanoğlu take their places.

The teams

Netherlands: Verbruggen, Dumfries, de Vrij, van Dijk, Ake, Reijnders, Schouten, Bergwijn, Simons, Gakpo, Depay.
Subs: Geertruida, de Ligt, Wijnaldum, Weghorst, Bijlow, van de Ven, Veerman, Blind, Brobbey, Zirkzee, Flekken, Gravenberch, Frimpong, Malen.

Turkey: Gunok, Muldur, Akaydin, Bardakci, Kadioglu, Ayhan, Ozcan, Guler, Calhanoglu, Yildiz, Yilmaz.
Subs: Celik, Yokuslu, Akturkoglu, Tosun, Yazici, Bayindir, Kaplan, Kahveci, Cakir, Kilicsoy, Akgun, Yildirim.

Referee: Clement Turpin (France).

Preamble

There weren’t too many people making a case for the Netherlands at the start of this tournament; Turkey began the month as the darkest of dark horses. Hipsters’ choices at best. But now look at them. The Dutch sashayed gracefully into the last eight with a 3-0 defeat of Romania; Turkey stormed into the quarters with a thrilling high-octane victory over Austria. Both teams have brought goals and entertainment to the party, and a legitimate case can be made for both as possible winners of the whole darn thing. Which sets up this quarter-final deliciously. Here’s to it delivering. Kick-off is at 8pm BST. It’s on!

The Guardian