Holland went down to a shock 1-0 defeat in Amsterdam to Group A leaders Iceland last night, and they are now third top of their group, and it looks like they may not qualify for the finals in France next summer.
This was Danny Blind’s first game in charge and a big blow to the country that finished 3rd in the World Cup last summer in Brazil.
Gylfi Sigurdsson scores winner from penalty in 51st minute
The winner came from Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson from a penalty in the 51st minute, and this is now Holland’s third defeat in the group, and they are on 10 points from 7 games – a full 8 points behind Iceland.
Newcastle’s Wijnaldum started the game, and Tim Krul and Vurnon Anita were unused substitutes in the game, and this will have been a shock to the Dutch players.
Gini was substituted in the 80th minute, but the key to this defeat was that Bruno Martins Indi was sent off after just 33 minutes.
He must have been watching too many Newcastle games lately.
This is Iceland’s second win over Holland in the group, having won 2-0 last October in Reykjavík.
After the game this is what Blind, who took over from Guus Hiddink in the summer, had to say:
“This is not the scenario you have in mind for your first match as Netherlands coach,”
“The reality is clear: we have to go for third place.” “If you get four points from these next two games, you have your fate in your own hands.”
“They were well organised, very structured and difficult to break down.” “The turning point was the red card. I think Martins Indi acted unbelievably unprofessionally.”
Holland now play fourth-placed Turkey on Sunday, and they will see out their games at Kazakhstan and home to the Czech Republic in October.
Newcastle’s Daryl Janmaat surprisingly did not make Danny Blind’s first squad as the Dutch manager, but this is a huge left down for our Dutch players.