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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.



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.

Icelandic volcanic ash alert raised to red after eruption

New eruptions in Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano system prompted authorities to raise the warning level for the risk of ash to aviation to the highest level of red.

Steam and smoke rise over Bardarbunga volcano system. Credit: Reuters

The area has been hit by thousands of earthquakes over the last two weeks and scientists have been on high alert.

In 2010, an ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, in a different region of Iceland, closed much of Europe's air space for six days.

Earthquake hits near Icelandic volcano

A 5.4 magnitude earthquake struck near the Icelandic volcano Bardabunga this morning, the Icelandic Met Office said.

Bardarbunga volcano system in Iceland pictured on Friday. Credit: Reuters

Several tremors at the Bardabunga volcano over the past two weeks have prompted fears of a repeat of 2010 when the majority of airspace across Europe was closed for six days due to a volcanic eruption.

They earthquake is possibly related to subsidence of the volcano, the office said.

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