Huntelaar gives Dutch victory
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Klaas Jan Huntelaar scored the only goal as the Netherlands defeated Turkey 1-0 in a friendly international in Amsterdam.

Huntelaar struck after 52 minutes when he found the net from the edge of the area. Turkey threatened first when Hamit Altintop's free-kick was cleared and then Burak Yilmaz saw his shot saved by Maarten Stekelenburg.

"I was injured for two and a half months," said van Persie. "I still need to rediscover my best form and I'm still a long way away. But I'd like to thank the coach for allowing me to play 45 minutes, as I need to get back into the rhythm."

Altintop's corner was then cleared before Yilmaz had another shot kept out by Stekelenburg. It was 15 minutes before the first chance for the Netherlands but Rafael van der Vaart's free-kick was cleared by Servet Cetin.

We were beaten by the second best team in the world. There's no shame in 1-0 because we caused the Netherlands problems tonight. We were very attacking. It's very encouraging.
Guus Hiddink, Turkey coach

Van der Vaart missed with another effort before their best chance of the half came when Wesley Sneijder hit a free-kick into the wall before seeing his own follow-up punched clear by Volkan Demirel. Van der Vaart missed with a free-kick before Ibrahim Afellay fired over the bar as neither side could break the deadlock before half-time.

The Netherlands made three changes at half-time, including the introduction of Arsenal striker Robin van Persie following an ankle injury. Van Persie set up Van der Vaart but he shot wide before the home side took the lead when Huntelaar fired home.

Ten minutes into the second half Turkey were denied when Stekelenburg caught a shot from the edge of the area by Yilmaz who was again proving his side's best attacking threat.

Turkey were given the chance to get back into the game when Gregory Van Der Wiel's foul on Ismail Koybais presented Nuri Sahin with a free-kick which picked out Servet Cetin, but his header was saved at the expense of a corner by Stekelenburg.

Sahin took the corner but Johnny Heitinga cleared before Yilmaz shot wide as Turkey again pressed. With 15 minutes to go Turkey substitute Colin Kazim-Richards hit a left-footed shot from outside the area but missed the target.

Engin Baytar then saw his shot go over the bar as Turkey struggled to find a way back into the game. With five minutes to go Selcuk Inan became the first player booked, for a foul on Afellay.

Stekelenburg was on hand to catch a late effort by Kazim-Richards. In the final seconds Ryan Babel headed over the bar and the home side ran out comfortable winners.

"We were beaten by the second best team in the world," said Turkey coach Guus Hiddink.
"There's no shame in 1-0 because we caused the Netherlands problems tonight. We were very attacking. It's very encouraging. My young team has a future."