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Dutch down Turkey, into Euro 2024 semi-finals

The Netherlands came from behind to beat Turkey 2-1 on Saturday and book its place in the European Championship semi-finals.

An own goal from Mert Muldur in the 76th minute, only six after Stefan De Vrij canceled Samet Akaydin's first-half header for Turkey, was enough for the Dutch in the last of the quarter-finals.

"It was really a battle today," De Vrij said.

"The Turkish team they have a big heart, a lot of quality. In the end we did well and we deserved the win."

He said the Netherlands was able to put more pressure on Turkey after 1.97-metre-tall striker Wout Weghorst came on at the start of the second half.

"He's always fighting up front, helping the team. And we started to keep the ball, create chances," De Vrij said.

"Then we scored two goals and the whole team fought until the end."

The Netherlands will face England in the second semi-final in Dortmund on Wednesday. Spain faces France in the first on Tuesday.

Turkey was without defender Merih Demiral, who was suspended for two matches by UEFA for making a nationalistic hand gesture after scoring in Tuesday's 2-1 win over Austria. The gesture is used by Turkish nationalists and associated with an ultra-nationalist group.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was at the game after he changed his plans because of the diplomatic row with Germany over Demiral's gesture.

German interior minister Nancy Faeser had said Demiral used his celebration "as a platform for racism" and federal minister Cem Özdemir, a German politician of Turkish descent, said the gesture "stands for terror, fascism."

Many Turkish fans made the gesture on their way to Berlin's Olympiastadion, and again during Turkey's national anthem before the game.

The Dutch made a better start, but Turkey's defenders dug in to limit the impact of Cody Gapko, Xavi Simons and Memphis Depay.

Akaydin rewarded a period of Turkish pressure by scoring in the 35th. Arda Guler delivered a butter-soft cross for the defender to head in off the underside of the crossbar.

The Dutch pushed for an equaliser and coach Ronald Koeman, who won Euro '88 as a player with the Netherlands, reacted at the break by sending on big forward Wout Weghorst for Steven Bergwijn.

Weghorst's presence gave the Dutch wingers a target, leading to a period of intense pressure.

Guler hit the post with a free kick, but it was an isolated effort as Dutch pressure continued.

It finally paid off in the 70th when De Vrij was left free to head in Depay's cross.

Suddenly the Dutch supporters could be heard again, and they were cheering again six minutes later when Gapko forced the own goal from Muldur by getting in front of the defender to Denzel Dumfries' low cross.