Iceland shock Netherlands with 2-0 win

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Iceland produced a shock win over World Cup play-off winners the Netherlands last night as a Gylfi Sigurdsson brace secured a 2-0 victory for the hosts in front of their home crowd.

The Nordic side got off to a dream start when centre midfielder Birkir Bjarnason was brought down in the box after only 10 minutes. Sigurdsson stepped up to blast it to Jasper Cillessen's left and put his side 1-0 up.

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Great start

The Swansea midfielder piled the pressure on Guus Hiddink's Dutch and doubled his side's advantage shortly before the break with a smart reaction finish after Kolbeinn Sigthorsson shot was deflected.

Holland began to push for a goal in the second half, but for all their sustained pressure, the World Cup semi-finalists were unable to muster up a shot on target after the interval.

Holland woe

Iceland managed to hold on for their first ever win against the Netherlands in 11 attempts, and made sure that they maintained their 100% record in the Euro 2016 qualifiers.

The Nordics have never before qualified for a major competition - falling just short of competing in Euro 2004 after dropping to third in their group - and are now showing the kind of form that sees them joint on points with the Czech Republic at the top of group A.

Although there are still seven games remaining for the Icelanders, coaches Lars Lagerback and Heimir Hallgrimsson will be hoping their team can maintain this form throughout the qualifiers.


Hallgrimsson said: "This is a world-class team we have beaten. First and foremost, it was a really solid team performance. I think our defensive display was the key to winning.

"We still have to focus on our next game against the Czech Republic. Obviously we will try to win there, though a draw would be a really good start for us as we have nine points already and I am pleased with that."

Sigurdsson form

Sigurdsson has now scored six goals and grabbed seven assists in 12 games for both club and country this season - making him joint top scorer in the Euro 2016 qualifiers - and has spoken of his delight after the win.

"It was a perfect night, but there's a long way to go and we are going to have to pick up points wherever we go."

Gylfi Sigurdsson

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