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Iceland’s Football Victory Historic in Three Ways

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Iceland’s Football Victory Historic in Three Ways

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Archive photo of the Icelandic team's supporters. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Iceland’s football victory, 1-0, against The Netherlands in Amsterdam last night was historic in three ways, according to fotbolti.net:

With this victory, Iceland became the first national team to win The Netherlands in both preliminary games for a major championship. Still fresh in most football fans’ memory is Iceland’s first win over The Netherlands last year in Reykjavík, 2-0, which made international headlines.

Secondly, what made the win historic is that this was The Netherlands’ first loss on home ground in preliminaries for a EURO championship.

Thirdly, this was the first time in 15 years that The Netherlands lost a preliminary game for a major championship on home ground. That had not happened since the team lost to Portugal in 2000.

With this victory, Iceland remains the leader in Group A and is close to qualifying for UEFA EURO 2016 participation. With three games remaining, the first of which is against Kazakhstan on Sunday, September 6, only one draw will suffice to secure the team participation. That would be the first time ever Iceland qualified for a major championship.

The UEFA EURO championship is scheduled to be held in France June 10-July 10, 2016.

Interestingly, Iceland ranks 23rd on the FIFA men’s ranking list, while The Netherlands rank 12th.

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