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Netherlands struggle to make 2016 Euros

Bruno Martins Indi, right, was dismissed in the win. Credit: Reuters

Holland lost ground in their bid to secure automatic qualification for Euro 2016 as they were beaten 1-0 by Group A leaders Iceland on Thursday after being reduced to 10 men in the first half.

Gylfi Sigurdsson scored the only goal of the game for Iceland from the penalty spot in the 51st minute after the hosts had Bruno Martins Indi sent off in the 33rd minute.

The defeat means Holland remain third in the group, eight points behind leaders Iceland and six adrift of second-placed Czech Republic, who beat Kazakhstan 2-1.

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Icelandair flight makes 'extra circle' over active volcano

Seismic activity at the volcano in central Iceland has been increasing in recent years, prompting fears of a 'glacial outburst flood' and disruption to international aviation.

On Sunday, the country's Met Office raised the threat level to red - the maximum - before downgrading it to orange.

Iceland volcano alert level lowered to orange

The ash alert level was raised to red earlier today. Credit: Reuters

Iceland has cut its ash alert level for aviation to orange from red after raising it to the maximum level earlier in the day due to a fresh eruption from a fissure in the Bardarbunga volcano system.

"No ash has has been detected. The Aviation Color Code for Bardarbunga has therefore been reset to orange," the Meteorological Office said in a statement.

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