The Netherlands have secured third place at the FIFA U-17 World Championship with a 2-1 victory over Turkey. John Goosens scored twice for the Dutch team while Nuri Sahin grabbed the Turks' consolation goal. In a match bereft of many highlights, Turkey appeared to be lacking in focus and motivation for long periods while the Netherlands managed to maintain a sufficient level to keep their opponents in check.
Netherlands coach Ruud Kaiser made three changes after the 4-0 defeat to Mexico: Jordy Buijs, Erik Pieters and Marvin Emnes all started in place of Diego Biseswar, Mike van der Kooij and Niels Vorthoren, who were demoted to the bench. Turkey made four changes which saw Ergun Berisha, Cengiz Coban, Murat Duruer and Aykut Demir come in for Erkan Ferin, Serdar Cesci, Harun Karadas and Aydin Yilmaz.
The fans were given an unusual treat ahead of the game as Turkey embarked on a premature lap of honour 20 minutes before kick-off to show their appreciation to the crowd inside the national stadium in Lima.
The first chance of the game fell to John Goosens, who shot narrowly wide from 12 yards (5). Turkey offered little in the early stages and, as in their semi-final, soon found themselves behind: Jeffrey Sarpong played a dream ball from the centre circle straight into the path of Goossens, who gave Turkish goalkeeper Volkan Babacan no chance from 14 yards (1-0, 13).
Caner Erkin had the first sight of goal for Turkey, who were clearly suffering with motivation problems, on 26 minutes. The Netherlands continued to enjoy the better of the few highlights such as Melvin Zaalman's shot from the left-hand side (38). Demir could have capitalised on a Nuri Sahin free-kick but could only watch as his header sailed over the bar (40).
Tevfik Köse had Turkey's best chance shortly before the interval (45), but was thwarted by the well-positioned Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul from six yards. Moments later, Emnes spurned a chance for 2-0 at the other end after a good reaction save from Babacan (45).
The Netherlands came close when Emnes' header from a Goossens cross struck the post (53), and Turkey rued their luck afterwards when Köse could only find the woodwork after fine set up play from Sahin and despite having rounded Krul (54).
Krul proved his lightning reflexes yet again when Aydin Yilmaz found himself one-on-one with the Dutch keeper after good approach play from Erkin and Köse (74). With most of the play lacking in concentration and purpose, the game stumbled into the final quarter of an hour before Goosens fired home his second to seal the game (2-0, 88). Sahin managed a late consolation goal through a deflected effort (2-1, 90).
Netherlands coach Ruud Kaiser was delighted after the final whistle: "We are very proud of our win today. It was another very difficult game, especially until we went 2-0 up. That is as good as a gold medal for us today."
Turkish counterpart Abdullah Avci was understandably disappointed: "We are sorry that we could not muster a better performance today and show better football. I am not at all happy with our performance but we were without a few players."