Iceland struck another blow at the Netherlands’ hope of qualification for Euro 2016 with a slender 1-0 win in Amsterdam.
Iceland came closest to scoring in the first half with a chance that fell to Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, in space in the middle of the box, and he could not make enough contact from close range.
The Netherlands lost their iconic striker Arjen Robben with what looked like to be a groin injury on the half-hour, and replaced him with Luciano Narsingh.
Two minutes later, things went from bad to worse when Bruno Martins Indi was sent off after a tussle with Kolbein Sigthorsson in which the Netherlands player appeared to swing out an arm across his opponent’s throat while entangled on the ground. Danny Blind immediately sacrificed Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to bring on a substitute defender, Jeffrey Bruma.
Iceland finally took the lead in the 51st minute when Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a penalty after Birkir Bjarnason was brought down by Gregory van der Wiel.
Observers may question Blind’s choices of substitution, opting to leave Robin van Persie on the bench even when his side were chasing a goal.
In return, he may point to the chances his side created, with Memphis and stand-in captain Wesley Sneijder linking up well.
However, despite the Netherlands’ pressure, Iceland made the most of their extra man and clung on for the win.