A year ago we were the top team in the FIFA list.
Four defeats on the trot make for a much different situation.
A new coach, and the need to rejuvenate.
Two debuts (Clasie & Janmaat) and six players still playing in the Ere Divisie.
Tim Krul was surprisingly picked above Maarten Stekelenburg in goal.
Despite Louis van Gaal saying he would only be selecting players who were playing for their clubs, John Heitinga and Luciano Narsingh (PSV) were picked to play.
It was a crazy match, with half the (noisy) spectators being for Turkey (same thing happens in Germany), it had a distinct different atmosphere for a home game.
The Dutch attacked from the off, and Robin van Persie scored a great header in the 17th minute (very much a kin to the injury time winner against the Saints last week).
The match was open and freeflowing, both teams had various chances.
Tim Krul (missed a cross) and Jetro Willems (too short a back pass) almost gave the Turks thescore several goals, but the chances were wasted.
Luciano Narsingh scored a good second goal in injury, the match should have been sown up much earlier though.
It ended 2-0, but could just have ended 5-3, it was that kind of match.
John Heitinga wasn't troubled at the back, but did get cramp in the 83rd minute and was substituted by Ron Vlaar.
Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder played well, and helped us diminate the match in the second half.http://www.soccer-blogger.com/2012/09/08/netherlands-vs-turkey-2-0-highlights-2012-world-cup-qualifying-van-persie-narsingh-goals-video/