Created on 14-10-2014 at 09:45 AM
Arjen Robben and the Dutch national team have suffered an embarrassing setback in Euro 2016 qualifying. The men in orange lost 2-0 away to Iceland on Monday evening, a second defeat in three qualifiers so far for the World Cup semi-finalists. Robben and Co are already six points behind leaders Iceland and the Czech Republic in Group A.
Guus Hiddink’s team bossed the possession in Reykjavik but lacked sharpness and determination in front of goal. Robben (29) had one of the visitors’ few chances in the course of the entire match, but the home team kept it tight at the back and struck ruthlessly on the break. Former Hoffenheim striker Gylfi Sigurdsson opened the scoring after ten minutes and wrapped it up with a 42nd-minute penalty to secure the island nation’s first-ever victory over the Dutch.
“The way we’ve thrown the game away is disappointing and frustrating,” commented Robben after a 90-minute shift. “We have to be very critical of ourselves. We gifted them the two goals.”
No problems for Benatia
Medhi Benatia’s evening was a much more satisfactory affair as the FCB centre-back and his Morocco team-mates cruised to a 3-0 friendly victory over Kenya in Marrakech. The home team dominated throughout but the goals all came in the last quarter of an hour from Mehdi Kernas (77), Mbark Boussoufa (85, pen) and Mohcine Yajour (88). National team captain Benatia played the full 90 minutes.