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Iceland moved a step closer to qualifying for the Euro 2016 tournament as a controversial penalty from Gylfi Sigurdsson saw them upset a 10-man Netherlands side 1-0.

The 51st-minute spot kick looked to be a harsh decision against Gregory van der Wiel, who got to the ball with his tackle as Birkir Bjarnason tumbled over his feet.

Results
Cyprus 0-1 Wales
Czech Rep 2-1 Kazakhstan
Netherlands 0-1 Iceland
Turkey 1-1 Latvia
Belgium 3-1 Bosnia-Herz
Israel 4-0 Andorra
Azerbaijan 0-0 Croatia
Bulgaria 0-1 Norway
Italy 1-0 Malta

But Sigurdsson squeezed the penalty under Dutch goal-keeper Jasper Cillessen to take the North Atlantic island nation to the brink of a first major championship appearance.

Iceland completed a double over the Dutch in Group A and moved to 18 points, their lead in the standings staying at two over the second-placed Czech Republic who came from behind to beat Kazakhstan 2-1.

In another group match, two late second half headers from substitute Milan Skoda gave the Czech Republic a 2-1 come-from-behind win against Kazakhstan to keep the home side in the hunt to qualify directly.

The Czechs, remain two points behind Iceland in Group A after dominating much of the possession but had trouble breaking down a determined Kazak defence.

Yuri Logvinenko put the visitors ahead in the 21st minute when he out-jumped his marker and gave a sprawling Petr Cech no chance.

The home side levelled in the 72nd minute when Borek Dockal lofted a cross that substitute Skoda headed home for his first international goal.

Skoda added his second in the 86th minute when he rose to head a Josef Sural cross into the net.

Elsewhere, former World Cup winners Italy sneaked a 1-0 win over Malta.

Source: Reuters