Holland striker Robin van Persie admitted to feeling terrible after yesterday’s 3-0 Group A defeat to Turkey, but vowed to ensure victory in their final two games.
Realistically, Holland not only need to win their games against bottom-side Kazakhstan and table-toppers Czech Republic, but must hope other results go their way.
Their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign has not at all gone to plan, four defeats in eight, with new coach Danny Blind’s first game resulting in a 1-0 defeat to Iceland last Thursday.
Arda Turan inspired the Turks in his 57-minute spell on the field.
A first-half blitz saw him set up a goal for Oguzhan Ozyakup and score one himself.
Van Persie admitted: “It’s terrible. I think that’s really awful.
"This whole qualification scenario looks very difficult, but we still have opportunities. We need to continue until the end anyway and win the last two games.”
Burak Yilmaz rounded off the victory for Turkey with the third goal five minutes from time, with Van Persie, who had linked up well with the likes of Memphis Depay and Wesley Sneijder, saying: “Does this hurt? I guess you could say so, yes. In the first half we had control despite the two unfortunate moments. We were good on the ball and created chances.”
Czech Republic booked their place at Euro 2016 with a little help from the Turks.
David Limbersky and Vladimir Darida picked the perfect time to score their maiden international goals to help the visitors to a 2-1 win over Latvia in Riga.
Meanwhile, Wales manager Chris Coleman was left frustrated after a late Eden Hazard winner for Belgium last night left Wales waiting to secure Euro 2016 qualification.
Wales produced a dominant performance against Israel yesterday in Cardiff but they could not unlock a visiting defence which showed far more resilience than in March, when they were beaten 3-0 by Coleman’s side at home.
Andy King twice went close, Gareth Bale forced an excellent late save from Israel goalkeeper Ofir Marciano, and substitute Simon Church had a header rightly disallowed in the final seconds.
Coleman also felt Wales should have been awarded a 66th-minute penalty when Bale’s cross struck Eytan Tibi on the arm with Hal Robson-Kanu waiting to pounce.
“It’s a shame for our supporters who wanted to celebrate but [qualification] is coming,” Coleman said.
“The expectation was there to get us over the line but now we have to wait that little bit longer. Israel normally play with lot of imagination and excitement, but they didn’t want to get beat.”
In Nicosia last night, Belgium’s Hazard struck in the 86th minute to deny stubborn Cyprus a point for the second time in four days.