Netherlands have slipped to fourth in group A in the European Championships after a shock 1-0 defeat to Iceland in the Amsterdam Arena.

martins indi redDanny Blind’s first game in charge started brightly enough with new captain Arjen Robben causing the Iceland defence all sorts of problems down the right, while his free kick was just deflected wide.

Then everything started to go wrong as Robben clutched his groin on 25 minutes and was forced off with Luciano Narsingh coming on, and then eight minutes later Bruno Martins Indi was shown a straight red card for reacting to a challenge by Kolbeinn Sigthorsson. Blind was forced into his second change, and surprised the home crowd by taking off Klaas jan Huntelaar and putting on defender Jeffrey Bruma.

Memphis Depay went through the middle and he came close to opening the scoring despite Netherlands having ten men, while Wesley Sneijder also saw a good effort kept out by Hannes Halldorsson.

However five minutes into the second half Gregory van der Wiel stupidly lunged into a tackle on Birkir Bjarnason, earning Iceland a penalty and the lead as Gylfi Sigurdsson just beat Jasper Cillessen, despite the goalkeeper getting a hand to it.

After the goal Gudmundsson struck the post, but Iceland decided to sit back and invite the pressure on to them, with Luciano Narsingh firing over the bar when well placed in the box. With Netherlands creating chances, it seemed only a matter of time before Blind turned to Robin van Persie, but once again to the shock of the Amsterdam Arena, the coach brought on winger Quincy Promes for Georginio Wijnaldum.

Davy Klaassen and Sneijder both saw late chances saved, but Iceland held on to record their second win over Netherlands in this campaign. They now sit nine points ahead of the Netherlands, while Czech Republic beat Kazakhstan to move six points ahead of the Oranje.

The only saving grace for Blind is that Turkey drew 1-1 with Latvia and Netherlands stay third, which is good enough for a play-off spot. Netherlands head to Turkey on Sunday in what is now a win or bust game for Blind, who will face some tough questions after a baffling first game in charge.

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