Iceland stun Netherlands in Euro 2016 qualifier

Controversial penalty decides game in Amsterdam; Italy, Czech Republic seal close wins.

    Iceland stun Netherlands in Euro 2016 qualifier
    Netherlands are third in the group, six points behind Czech Republic [EPA]

    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


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Double standards: 'Why aren't we all with Somalia?'

    Double standards: 'Why aren't we all with Somalia?'

    More than 300 people died in Somalia but some are asking why there was less news coverage and sympathy on social media.

    The life and death of Salman Rushdie, gentleman author

    The life and death of Salman Rushdie, gentleman author

    The man we call 'Salman Rushdie' today is not the brilliant author of the Satanic Verses, but a Picassoesque imposter.

    The Beirut Spy: Shula Cohen

    The Beirut Spy: Shula Cohen

    The story of Shula Cohen, aka The Pearl, who spied for the Israelis in Lebanon for 14 years.