Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul picked up his 4th cap for Holland last night and his first appearance for Holland in a competitive match, when he was in the Dutch goal in the 2-0 win over Turkey in World Cup qualifying.
Robin van Persie scores Holland’s first goal
With new manager Louis van Gaal appointed after the disastrous European Championships last summer, after which Bert van Marwijk was fired, it could be that he prefers Tim to 29 year-old Maarten Stekelenburg, who has 50 caps for Holland and had been first choice goalkeeper since Edwin van der Sar retired.
The in-form Manchester United striker Robin van Persie gave the Dutch the lead with a 17th minute goal, although it was a very close game, with Luciano Narsingh scoring the second goal three minutes into added time.
Tim Krul punches ball clear last night
Turkey started the game on the attack, and it was against the run of play when van Persie scored, and former Newcastle midfielder Emre had gone close after just five minutes when his drive was blocked by Johnny Heitinga.
And the Dutch had an escape just before half time when Tunay Torun’s free-kick was headed against the cross-bar by Umut Bulut, and the ball was cleared.
Turkey pressed and pressed for the equalizer in the second half, and the late goal by Holland gave them what was a flattering score-line, but it meant it was another clean sheet for Tim in the Holland goal.
Newcastle’s Vurnon Anita had been named in Holland’s provisional squad for the game, but as half expected, he didn’t make the final cut.
We’ll have to see if Tim plays in Holland’s next game on Tuesday night in Hungary.
Yohan Cabaye played well for France in their 1-0 win in Finland, before he was replaced after 70 minutes, and the winning goal for France came from Arsenal’s Abou Diaby.
And England hammered Moldova 5-0 last night, as we reported after the game last night.
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