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Iceland Beats The Netherlands - Again

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Iceland Beats The Netherlands - Again

By Zoë Robert

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Archive photo from an earlier game. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

The Icelandic national team in men's football has beaten The Netherlands 1-0 in an away game at Amsterdam Arena in the qualifiers for the UEFA EURO 2016 in France.

Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson, who plays for Swansea City, scored the winning goal for Iceland in a penalty at 51 minutes.

Coach of the Icelandic team, Lars Lagerbäck, praised the team for this evening's win. "We know their [The Netherlands'] record so consider this a fantastic victory," he told RÚV shortly after the game. He acknowledged that the red card awarded to Bruno Martins Indi of The Netherlands had worked in Iceland's favor. The Netherlands also lost star player Arjen Robben to injury at 27 minutes.

Iceland tops Group A with 18 points followed by the Czech Republic with 16. The Netherlands are in third place with 10 points, followed by Turkey with 9, Latvia with 4 points and Kazakhstan with 1.

Iceland made international headlines last year by winning The Netherlands 2-0 in the EURO qualifiers in Reykjavík. The Icelandic team also went on to beat the Czech Republic in June this year.

Iceland's next game is against Kazakhstan on Sunday, September 6. Iceland will then play Latvia on October 10 and Turkey on October 13.

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