The Dutch national football team’s hopes of qualifying for next year’s European championship took another blow on Thursday night after they lost 1-0 at home to Iceland.
Oranje, by this time down to 10 men, lost through a penalty in the 51st minute following a bad tackle by Gregory van der Wiel.
The Telegraaf described Danny Blind’s debut as coach as ‘worthy of a good cry’ and said everything that could go wrong did go wrong. Arjen Robben had to be substituted after pulling up injured and Bruno Martins Indi was sent off with a red card.
Blind, who took over as coach from Guus Hiddink this summer, also came under fire for substituting Klaas-Jan Huntelaar for Jeffrey Bruma.
The AD said Oranje’s qualification for the European title competition has turned into ‘a long, drawn-out wrestle with Murphy’s law’. The Volkskrant said the team is in ‘total chaos’, describing the players as ‘brainless’ and ‘unprofessional’.
Oranje remain third in Group A with 10 points from seven matches. Iceland are on top with 18 and the Czech Republic second with 16 points. The Dutch were third in last year’s World Cup.
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