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Dutch Slump to Third Loss in Four Games

The Netherlands slumped to its third defeat in four games under Guus Hiddink as Iceland pulled off a shock 2-0 win in Reykjavik on Monday. The victory, secured by a pair of goals from Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, was Iceland’s first against the Dutch in 11 meetings, leaving the Scandinavian country at the top of Euro 2016 qualifying Group A with three wins from three games. The Dutch, meanwhile, are third with just three points from three games, following losses to both Iceland and the Czech Republic, which is also undefeated.

"We have to keep our emotions in check and take a careful look at the state of Dutch football and then talk about how to progress," Hiddink said after the game. The Dutchman, in his second stint as coach of the national team, has presided over losses to Italy, the Czech Republic and now Iceland. His only victory was a narrow 3-1 win against lowly Kazakhstan last Friday.

"It really is painful that we lost here," Dutch captain Robin van Persie said, noting that the fault should lie with the players. "Guus is a fantastic coach. We are all working as hard as we can to play well."

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