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Sigurdsson helps Iceland take historic Dutch scalp

Published: Monday 13 October 2014, 23.11CET
Iceland 2-0 Netherlands
The hosts beat the Dutch for the first time in their history thanks to a Gylfi Sigurdsson double which maintained a perfect Group A record.
by Stefán Stefánsson
from Laugardalsvöllur

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Match statistics

IcelandNetherlands

Goals scored2
 
0
Possession (%)31
 
69
Total attempts7
 
9
on target3
 
3
off target2
 
4
blocked2
 
2
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners2
 
5
Offsides0
3
Yellow cards0
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
10
Fouls suffered9
 
15

Standings

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Published: Monday 13 October 2014, 23.11CET

Sigurdsson helps Iceland take historic Dutch scalp

Iceland 2-0 Netherlands
The hosts beat the Dutch for the first time in their history thanks to a Gylfi Sigurdsson double which maintained a perfect Group A record.

Iceland beat Netherlands for first time in their history
Two Gylfi Sigurdsson goals enough to see off Dutch
Hosts maintain perfect record in Group A to sit level with Czech Republic
Oranje six points off pace after two defeats in three
Next games: Czech Republic v Iceland, Netherlands v Latvia (16 November)

Iceland enjoyed one of the most famous victories in their history as a Gylfi Sigurdsson double inspired the hosts to a first win against the Netherlands in Reykjavik.

Already on their best start to a qualifying campaign after opening with two Group A victories, Lars Lagerbäck's side had nothing to fear against the Dutch who sat three points behind them after two games. On 16 minutes Iceland were handed the chance to go ahead as Stefan de Vrij tripped Birkir Bjarnason in the area and Sigurdsson calmly stroked the resulting penalty to Jasper Cillessen's left.

The visitors did not panic and controlled possession as they tried to pick holes in the Icelandic defence. Robin van Persie did break through but was repelled by a good stop from Hannes Halldórsson before Arjen Robben headed a great opportunity over the bar from just five metres.

Having failed to find the net Guus Hiddink's men were punished further as a corner from the right could not be dealt with and it bounced up for Sigurdsson to rifle into the roof of the net from ten metres, showing outstanding technique to keep the effort under the crossbar.

The second half lacked the drama of the first as Iceland shored things up at the back and refused to give the Oranje the chance to get behind them. They even had the chance of a third at the other end, but Jón Dadi Bödvarsson could not find the target when ideally placed. The Nordic team nevertheless claimed a historic win which puts them level on points with the Czech Republic at the head of Group A, six points in front of the third-placed Netherlands.

Last updated: 05/06/16 20.23CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013875/postmatch/report/index.html#iceland+post+historic

Lineups

Iceland

Iceland

Netherlands

Netherlands

1
HalldórssonHannes Halldórsson (GK)
1
CillessenJasper Cillessen (GK)
6
R. SigurdssonRagnar Sigurdsson
2
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
8
B. BjarnasonBirkir Bjarnason
3
De VrijStefan de Vrij
9
SigthórssonKolbeinn Sigthórsson
4
Martins IndiBruno Martins Indi
10
G. SigurdssonGylfi Sigurdsson
Goal10
Goal42
5
BlindDaley Blind
14
ÁrnasonKári Árnason
6
N. De JongNigel de Jong
Yellow Card83
17
A. GunnarssonAron Gunnarsson (C)
7
LensJeremain Lens
Substitution68
18
E. BjarnasonElmar Bjarnason
8
AfellayIbrahim Afellay
Substitution78
20
HallfredssonEmil Hallfredsson
9
Van PersieRobin van Persie (C)
22
BödvarssonJón Dadi Bödvarsson
Substitution89
10
SneijderWesley Sneijder
Substitution46
23
A. SkúlasonAri Skúlason
Substitution46
11
RobbenArjen Robben

Substitutes

12
GunnleifssonGunnleifur Gunnleifsson (GK)
22
VermeerKenneth Vermeer (GK)
13
I. JónssonIngvar Jónsson (GK)
23
ZoetJeroen Zoet (GK)
2
B. SævarssonBirkir Sævarsson
Substitution46
12
VerhaeghPaul Verhaegh
3
JónassonHallgrímur Jónasson
13
BrumaJeffrey Bruma
4
ValdimarssonThórarinn Valdimarsson
14
VeltmanJoël Veltman
5
OttesenSölvi Ottesen
15
Van DijkVirgil Van Dijk
11
FinnbogasonAlfred Finnbogason
16
ClasieJordy Clasie
15
DaníelssonHelgi Daníelsson
17
NarsinghLuciano Narsingh
16
SkúlasonÓlafur Skúlason
18
FerLeroy Fer
Substitution78
19
GíslasonRúrik Gíslason
Substitution89
19
HuntelaarKlaas-Jan Huntelaar
Substitution46
21
KjartanssonVidar Orn Kjartansson
20
KlaassenDavy Klaassen
21
PromesQuincy Promes
Substitution68

Coach

Heimir Hallgrímsson (ISL) Guus Hiddink (NED)

Referee

Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

Assistant referees

Roberto Alonso (ESP), Juan Yuste (ESP)

Fourth official

Marcos Alvarez Moreno (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

Carlos Del Cerro (ESP), Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)

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