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Iceland vs Netherlands. European Championship Qualifying Group A.

Laugardalsvollur StadiumAttendance10,000.

Iceland 2

  • G Sigurdsson (10th minute pen, 42nd minute)

Netherlands 0

    European Qualifier: Iceland shock Netherlands 2-0 to maintain 100 per cent start

    Gylfi Sigurdsson:
    Image: Gylfi Sigurdsson (l): Two goals against Holland

    The Netherlands' World Cup hangover continues to linger and they remain off the pace in their bid to qualify for Euro 2016 after a 2-0 loss in Iceland on Monday night.

    Swansea's Gylfi Sigurdsson scored both the goals and Iceland now have nine points from nine in Group A and sit alongside the Czech Republic, who also have a 100 per cent record.

    The Netherlands have three points, with their first ever defeat to Iceland arriving after an opening defeat to the Czechs.

    The expanded version of the next Championships mean they remain alive in their bid to qualify, but their form - on the back of a World Cup semi-final - suggests they will have a job on their hands to make up the gap.

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    Ronald de Boer: Hiddink under pressure

    The night will go down in Icelandic football history and gives the clearest signal yet that they are ready for a major tournament after nearly going to the World Cup.

    They made sure they got on top from the off and enjoyed some early possession, but would not have accounted for Gregory van der Wiel giving them a helping hand.

    Birkir Bjarnson was just about to touch the ball into the Dutch box with nine minutes gone when the PSV defender needlessly stepped across the front of him and sent him to the ground.

    A penalty was duly awarded and Sigurdsson stepped forward to slap a spot kick beyond Jasper Cillessen.

    In need of a response, the Dutch laboured. They seemed off the pace and only Arjen Robben appeared to have the key to unlocking Iceland, but all too often found team-mates out of sync.

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    Goal of the Night: Sigurdsson

    Robin van Persie eventually tuned into him and took in his fine through ball but was denied by Hannes Thor Halldorsson, before Robben himself passed up a chance, nodding wide when it looked easier to convert Daley Blind's cross.

    The miss would prove to be a costly one too as a minute before the break, when a corner was not cleared, Sigurdsson adjusted his footing with the ball on the rise and cleverly drove in on the volley from 12 yards.

    The Dutch started the second half with Van Persie hitting over from outside the box - to the jeers of the home fans - but the away side were definitely seeing more of the ball.

    Another fine Blind cross looked set for Van Persie but it was deflected on its way and the Manchester United man found himself in the wrong position to get a shot on target.

    Back at the other end and Iceland put together a thrilling one-touch move that saw Kolbeinn Sigthorsson put in a cross which Bjarnason narrowly failed to connect with.

    Jon Dadi Bodvarsson could have made it more comprehensive for Iceland as he broke clear with minutes remaining but shot wide, although it mattered little.

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