Turkey’s qualifying campaign for the 2022 World Cup kicked off with a perfect start on Wednesday night.
Senol Gunes’ team hosted the Netherlands at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul and recorded an impressive 4: 2 victory.
Turkey took the lead in the 15th minute through experienced striker Burak Yilmaz, a rebuffed effort by Lille that passed Tim Krul.
Nineteen minutes later, Yilmaz scored his second night from the penalty spot after Donyell Malen’s clumsy foul on West Brom midfielder Okay Yokuslu.
The match seemed to be over as a contest in just 30 seconds in the second half when Hakan Calhanoglu’s speculative long-range effort found its way past Krul and raised it to 3-0.
However, Holland is back in the game. Davy Klassen pulled a goal in the 75th minute, before Luuk de Jong raised it to 3-2 about 60 seconds later.
Another memorable return to Istanbul seems to have appeared on the maps, but Yilmaz extinguished Dutch hope with a sensational free kick nine minutes ahead of time.
It really was a night to remember for Turkey, and one football fan pointed out how Yilmaz imitated Cristiano Ronaldo with his brilliant hat-trick.
Footage of Turk’s efforts against the Netherlands, together with Ronaldo’s famous high tone against Spain in the 3: 3 draw at the 2018 World Cup, shows that the goals are incredibly similar.
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The punches from the pair are almost identical, so much so that it’s a bit spooky.
Ronaldo’s hat-trick against Spain is, of course, superior to the two, as his three goals were scored against his country’s enemies at the World Cup.
His iconic free kick that flew past helpless David de Gee was also a dramatic last-minute tie for Portugal, not one that restored a two-goal advantage like Yilmaz’s.
But Yilmaz’s hat-trick against the Netherlands was still impressive and only the legendary Hakan Sukuer scored more goals for the Turkish national team than Lille.
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