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Burak Yilmaz celebrates putting Turkey 2-0 up against the Netherlands

  • FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ qualifying resumes today
  • Europe’s campaign begins with holders France among those involved
  • Focus moves to the Concacaf region later in the day

The road to Qatar 2022 begins for teams in the UEFA and Concacaf zones today, with 17 FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers set to take place over the course of the day.

Reigning champions France, Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal, Erling Haaland’s Norway and a resurgent Netherlands side are among the teams in action in Europe before the spotlight is thrown on some of the lower-ranked nations in the Concacaf region.

24 March

UEFA (All fixtures)


Turkey 4-2 Netherlands
  • Hosts Turkey, very much against the run of play, took a 15th-minute lead when Burak Yilmaz’s toe-poke flashed past Tim Krul via a cruel deflection off Mathijs de Ligt.
  • The Netherlands pushed hard for an equaliser but were once again caught out on the break, with Yilmaz doubling his tally from the penalty spot, wrong-footing Krul after Donyell Malen had been penalised for a clumsy late challenge.
  • Hakan Calhanoglu stunned Frank de Boer’s team with a third within seconds of the restart, firing a low 25-yard shot beyond the flat-footed Krul.
  • Just as the Dutch appeared to be running out of ideas, substitute Davy Klaasen pulls a goal back with a superb turn and finish.
  • From the sublime to the scrappy: the Netherlands scored again within seconds as another substitute, Luuk de Jong, scrambled the ball home from close range.
  • Yilmaz completed his first international hat-trick – and settled Turkish nerves – with a glorious free-kick, whipped into the top-right corner from 20 yards.
  • A night to forget for the Netherlands was completed in injury time when Memphis Depay saw his powerfully struck penalty brilliantly saved by Ugurcan Cakir.

Coming soon

Portugal vs Azerbaijan
Serbia vs Republic of Ireland
Malta vs Russia
Belgium vs Wales
Estonia vs Czech Republic
Cyprus vs Slovakia
Finland vs Bosnia and Herzegovina
Latvia vs Montenegro
Slovenia vs Croatia
France vs Ukraine
Gibraltar vs Norway

European qualifiers: 24 March

Burak Yilmaz puts Turkey 2-0 up against the Netherlands from the penalty spot

Burak Yilmaz celebrates putting Turkey 2-0 up against the Netherlands

Qatar 2022 : Preliminary Draw UEFA results

European teams at the World Cup

Concacaf (All fixtures)

Antigua and Barbuda vs Montserrat
Suriname vs Cayman Islands
St Kitts and Nevis vs Puerto Rico
Dominican Republic vs Dominica
Guatemala vs Cuba

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