Van der Wiel helps Netherlands to late draw against Turkey

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Paris Saint-Germain right-back Gregory van der Wiel played 90 minutes as the Netherlands secured a late 1-1 draw against Turkey at the Amsterdam Arena.

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While the extended European Championships should ensure that all of the continent’s big names are present for the continental showpiece in France next summer, Guus Hiddink’s Netherlands are in danger of missing out.

The Dutch are six points behind table-toppers Czech Republic in Group A, and it would have been seven had Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Wesley Sneijder not combined to secure a 91st-minute equaliser against the Turks.

The visitors took the lead through the impressive Burak Yilmaz on 37 minutes and Holland, playing their traditional 4-3-3 formation, with Huntelaar flanked by Memphis Depay and Ibrahim Afellay, looked devoid of ideas.

However, their central playmaker Sneijder proved to be the difference-maker as his shot was deflected past the unfortunate Volkan Babacan in the 91st minute.

PSG right-back van der Wiel played the full 90 minutes and was booked on 68 minutes.

Saint-Etienne striker Melvut Erding was an unused substitute for Fatih Terim’s side.

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