The Netherlands hit Turkey six times last night and with Memphis Depay shining for the Dutch; they are looking shaper than the previous World Cup Qualifiers campaign and are looking good to qualify for Qatar. The Oranje are in firm control over Group G.
Whilst football has missed his enthusiasm and character since his Manchester United departure, it could be argued that the Dutch national setup has missed his organization even more.
With Turkey having topped the qualifying group prior to Tuesday’s fixture, it came as a huge surprise to see the Netherlands dispense with their opponents so effortlessly.
The scoring began in the first minute of the first half with Davy Klaassen firing the ball into the back f the net, and it would take just 15 further minutes until Barcelona’s Memphis Depay had doubled their advantage.
Things soon got worse for Senol Gunes as he watched his star central defender, Caglar Soyuncu, be sent to the dressing room by virtue of a straight red card just before half-time.
It would prove to be a night to remember for Memphis, in what is proving to be an electric start to the 2021-22 season, as he added a spot-kick on the 38th minute and completed his hat-trick nine minutes after half-time.
Substitutions then came from Van Gaal who withdrew Denzel Dumfries, Frenkie de Jong and Georginio Wijnaldum all before substitute Guus Til added the fifth goal of the evening 10 minutes from the end.
Borussia Dortmund’s summer-signing, Donyell Malen, made his presence felt on the pitch when he fired in another goal to make it 6-0 after 90 minutes, although Turkey would grab a consolation goal almost straight from the subsequent kick-off through Cengiz Under.
The result sees Turkey slip behind the Dutch in Group G, with the Dutch now sitting top with 13 points and four matches left to play, although Norway are putting in an admirable challenge for automatic qualification, also sitting on 13 points after defeating Gibraltar, but with a considerably worse goal difference.