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The Netherlands Beat Iceland 2-1 in Football

The Dutch men’s football team beat Iceland 2-1 in Reykjavík on Saturday in the qualifying round for the World Championship. The Dutch team is now on its way to South Africa but Iceland must play against Macedonia on Wednesday.

Dutch football fans celebrating after the game at the Icelandic Bar in downtown Reykjavík. Photo by Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir.

The Netherlands scored their two goals early on in the game. “It was evident that if we weren’t going to suffer a huge loss we had to improve in the second half, play more forcefully and get closer to the Dutch players,” Iceland’s coach Ólafur Jóhannesson said in an interview with Morgunbladid.

“We succeeded in doing that and one could say that we made the best out of the situation,” Jóhannesson added. Kristján Örn Sigurdsson scored the goal for Iceland towards the end.

“The goal was good and I thought the boys did very well,” commented Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir who watched the game.

“I enjoyed the game despite the loss,” The PM added. “The Icelandic boys were a bit sluggish during the first half but in the second half they gave a totally different impression.”

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