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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.


Dutch head coach turned down Man United offer

New Netherlands head coach Danny Blind has admitted he rejected the chance to join Louis van Gaal's coaching staff in order to take on his new role with the national team.

Blind previously worked under Van Gaal as his assistant up until the end of the World Cup, but has decided to go out on his own with the national team.

Danny Blind has a new job. Credit: PA

“I had a fantastic offer from Manchester United,” he told Algemeen Dagblad.

“There were talks about United and Van Gaal a couple of times last year. But I rejected that. If you have ambition, what is more beautiful than becoming manager of your country?”

Police hunt gunman in Netherlands after deadly shooting

Police are hunting for a gunman after a man was shot dead on a residential street in the Netherlands.

Police have confirmed that one person has died in the shooting. Credit:

A picture widely shared on social media showed a hooded man dressed in black walking with a large gun in the northern city of Zaandam.

Police confirmed that one person had died, adding that officers were now looking for a brown van that may have been used in the shooting.

It is currently unclear whether there is more than one gunman.

Witnesses told local media that 10 to 15 shots were heard in the street which lies close to two schools.

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