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Turkey beat Netherlands to go third in Euro Qualifying Group A

Wesley Sneijderof Holland during the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match between Turkey and Netherlands on September 6, 2015 at the Konya Büyüksehir Torku Arena in Konya, Turkey(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

Wesley Sneijderof Holland during the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match between Turkey and Netherlands on September 6, 2015 at the Konya Büyüksehir Torku Arena in Konya, Turkey(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

KONYA, Turkey -- Turkey scored twice in the opening half hour as it beat the Netherlands 3-0 on Sunday to overtake the Dutch in the race for third place in European Championship qualifying Group A.

The defeat in Konya was the latest poor performance by a Dutch team that finished third at last year's World Cup but is now in real danger of missing out on Euro 2016.

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.

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The Netherlands almost handed Turkey its second. Daley Blind failed to control a 26th-minute throw in, then was muscled off the ball by Turan, whose shot Cillessen should have saved.

Burak Yilmaz scored in the 85th from close range.