Iceland shocks the Netherlands behind Gylfi Sigurdsson

Published Monday, October 13, 2014 3:53 PM by Shane Barrow
Iceland shocks the Netherlands behind Gylfi Sigurdsson

The Land of Volcanos has produced the latest world eruption, but this time it didn't come from the rift but from the Laugardvalsvollur Stadium in Reykjavik, Iceland where the tiny island nation knocked off world powers Holland 2-0.  

It was a dream start for the Iceland who earned a penalty inside of ten minutes when Birkir Bjarnason was tripped just inside the penalty area by Stefan de Vrij.  Hero Gylfi Sigurdsson confidently fired home the spot kick and the islanders were on their way.  The crowd of ten thousand were in particularly rowdy form urging their team onwards.

Just before halftime Iceland doubled their lead.  Once again it was Sigurdsson as he side-volleyed a loose ball off a corner kick into the roof of the net from ten yards out.  2-0 at the break and sirens were going off in the Holland locker room.

The second half was a true study on how to do nothing with a ton of possession.  The Netherland had a ton of the ball, but never seemed to produce much danger.  Iceland's tactics were spot on as they absorbed pressure, won ever meaningful challenge and then went on counters when the opportunity arose.  Iceland were truly deserving winners and a side that world soccer fans should root for.  They remind me a bit of the US side from when I was a kid.  Fighting it out for every ball with amazing heart and then having just enough talent to rise up and bite you.  I look forward to seeing them in the Euros in 2016

The shocking victory leaves Group A of Euro 2016 qualifying in complete chaos as Holland looks to be a bit in trouble here.  Both Iceland and the Czech Republic sit with a perfect 9 points from 3 matches, while favorites sit a distant third with only 3 points and alot of ground to make up.  Also at the foot of the table is a talented Turkey who were expected to contend with only a single point.  Madness!