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EURO 2016 qualification : Netherlands face exit after Turkey loss

The Netherlands' chances of qualifying for the 2016 European Championship slipped further away Sunday as the team that finished third at last year's World Cup crashed to a 3-0 defeat in Turkey.
The resounding victory meant that Turkey overtook the Dutch in the race for third place in qualifying Group A.
The Czech Republic beat Latvia 2-1 to go top of the group, though Iceland could regain top spot and win its first ever European Championship qualification when it played last-placed Kazakhstan later Sunday night.
The tournament in France looks a long way off for the Netherlands, European champion in 1988.
Dutch-born midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup put Turkey 1-0 up in the eighth minute, running onto a defense-splitting pass from Arda Turan and deftly chipping the ball over Jasper Cillessen.
The Netherlands almost handed Turkey its second. Daley Blind failed to control a 26th-minute throw in, and was then muscled off the ball by Turan, whose shot Cillessen should have saved.
Burak Yilmaz completed the Dutch humiliation by scoring a late third for the hosts, firing through the legs of defender Jairo Riedewald.
The Netherlands was without injured captain Arjen Robben and coach Danny Blind gave Ajax defender Riedewald his international debut to replace Bruno Martins Indi, who was suspended after being sent off last Thursday in his team's 1-0 defeat to Iceland.
On the rare occasions that the Dutch did threaten Turkey's defense, the team's finishing let it down.
Right winger Luciano Narsingh shot straight at goalkeeper Volkan Babacan in the 14th with Memphis Depay and Wesley Sneijder both free in front of goal. Davy Klaassen twice failed to get headers on target after good crosses by Depay and substitute Georginio Wijnaldum headed another Depay cross wide when all alone in front of goal five minutes into the second half.
The two teams in each group qualify automatically, along with the best third-place team. The eight other sides to finish third then go to a playoff round.


Wales must wait for Euro 2016 qualification as Israel hang on for draw

There was a sense of inevitability that it was never going to be straightforward with Wales, given all those hard-luck stories over the years, and so it proved on an evening when frustration was the overriding emotion for Chris Coleman’s players as Israel spoiled the party and Belgium, a few hours later, picked up the win that put any plans for belated celebrations in Cardiff on hold.
Needing a victory to be sure of qualifying for Euro 2016, Wales were held to a disappointing draw by an Israel side who suffocated the life out of a game that Gareth Bale, for once in this campaign, was unable to bring alive.
Wales could still have secured their place in France if Belgium had failed to win in Cyprus later in the day but Eden Hazard scored five minutes from time.
All of which means that Wales, who have not qualified for a major tournament since 1958, will have to wait for 34 days, when they take on Bosnia-Herzegovina away, to have another bite at the cherry. Their final group game is three days later, against Andorra in Cardiff. With only one point needed to guarantee their place in next summer’s finals, realistically the only doubt surrounds when and not if Wales create history.
While the trip to Bosnia may not be straightforward, Andorra at home represents just about the closest thing there is in international football to a nailed-on three points. The team ranked joint-202nd in the world, with Mongolia and Somalia, have just suffered their 52nd consecutive competitive defeat.
There is, in short, no reason for any Wales supporter to lose any sleep about their predicament or fear another depressing entry in that long list of near misses that includes everything from floodlight failure to missed penalties and controversial refereeing decisions.
At the same time it was impossible to escape the feeling of anticlimax at the final whistle here after the stage had been set for such a memorable occasion. The sun was shining, there was a sell-out crowd, Zombie Nation’s Kernkraft 400 track, which has developed into a cult anthem for the Wales fans during this campaign, was played just before kick-off and the rendition of Land of My Fathers that followed provided one of those spine-tingling moments.
Wales started like a house on fire but the blaze did not last long. Once Israel recovered from the opening 15 minutes, when Aaron Ramsey had a great chance to score and alter the course of the way the game panned out, the visitors looked relatively comfortable as Wales huffed and puffed without much success.
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