European Championship Qualifying - Group A
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Latvia 0-2 Netherlands

Luciano Narsingh
Luciano Narsingh and fellow scorer Georginio Wijnaldum both play for PSV Eindhoven

The Netherlands moved to within three points of the automatic qualification places in Euro 2016 qualifying Group A with a hard-fought win over Latvia.

The Dutch dominated but had to wait 67 minutes for Georginio Wijnaldum's opener with Luciano Narsingh scoring a second four minutes later.

Iceland, who have never reached a major tournament,top the group after beating former leaders the Czech Republic 2-1.

Iceland are five points above the third-placed Netherlands.

The Czechs led Iceland 1-0 through a fantastic Borek Dockal drive from the edge of the box, but Cardiff's Aron Gunnarsson levelled five minutes later before Kolbeinn Sigthorsson scored the winner.

"Iceland played well, this is very painful for us," Czech coach Pavel Vrba said.

Turkey had briefly overtaken the Dutch to go third with their 1-0 victory over Kazakhstan courtesy of Arda Turan's late goal.

Third place guarantees teams a play-off place at least, with the top two from each group qualifying for France automatically.

Turkey celebrate
Turkey eventually scored when Arda Turan turned in the box and shot into the top corner from 16 yards out

Line-ups

Latvia

  • 1Vanins
  • 21FreimanisSubstituted forGabovsat 37'minutes
  • 19Jagodinskis
  • 13Gorkss
  • 2Maksimenko
  • 16Tarasovs
  • 17Zjuzins
  • 14Ikaunieks
  • 8VisnakovsSubstituted forKarasausksat 75'minutes
  • 15RakelsBooked at 13mins
  • 10SabalaSubstituted forVisnakovsat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Lazdins
  • 4Dubra
  • 6Gabovs
  • 7Sinelnikovs
  • 9Zigajevs
  • 11Visnakovs
  • 12Kolinko
  • 18Fertovs
  • 20Karasausks
  • 22Ulimbasevs
  • 23Steinbors

Netherlands

  • 1Cillessen
  • 2Van der Wiel
  • 3de Vrij
  • 4Martins IndiBooked at 65mins
  • 5WillemsSubstituted forJanmaatat 77'minutes
  • 6Blind
  • 8Sneijder
  • 7Narsingh
  • 10van PersieSubstituted forWijnaldumat 63'minutes
  • 11DepaySubstituted forLensat 87'minutes
  • 9Huntelaar

Substitutes

  • 12Janmaat
  • 13Bruma
  • 14Rekik
  • 17Berghuis
  • 18Wijnaldum
  • 19de Jong
  • 20Promes
  • 21Lens
  • 22Vermeer
  • 23Krul
Referee:
Svein Oddvar Moen

Match Stats

Home TeamLatviaAway TeamNetherlands
Possession
Home31%
Away69%
Shots
Home3
Away32
Shots on Target
Home0
Away10
Corners
Home0
Away8
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Latvia 0, Netherlands 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Latvia 0, Netherlands 2.

Attempt missed. Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is too high from a direct free kick.

Jeremain Lens (Netherlands) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Vladislavs Gabovs (Latvia).

Attempt missed. Arturs Karasausks (Latvia) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kaspars Gorkss.

Attempt missed. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Netherlands) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jeremain Lens.

Substitution

Substitution, Netherlands. Jeremain Lens replaces Memphis Depay.

Luciano Narsingh (Netherlands) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Janis Ikaunieks (Latvia).

Attempt saved. Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Daley Blind.

Attempt saved. Memphis Depay (Netherlands) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gregory Van der Wiel.

Corner, Netherlands. Conceded by Vladislavs Gabovs.

Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Memphis Depay with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Netherlands. Conceded by Vitalijs Maksimenko.

Substitution

Substitution, Netherlands. Daryl Janmaat replaces Jetro Willems.

Foul by Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands).

Janis Ikaunieks (Latvia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Latvia. Arturs Karasausks replaces Aleksejs Visnakovs.

Corner, Netherlands. Conceded by Andris Vanins.

Attempt saved. Memphis Depay (Netherlands) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Wesley Sneijder.

Goal!

Goal! Latvia 0, Netherlands 2. Luciano Narsingh (Netherlands) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daley Blind with a through ball.

Goal!

Goal! Latvia 0, Netherlands 1. Georginio Wijnaldum (Netherlands) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

Attempt missed. Janis Ikaunieks (Latvia) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

Booking

Martins Indi (Netherlands) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Martins Indi (Netherlands).

Eduards Visnakovs (Latvia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Georginio Wijnaldum (Netherlands) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Wesley Sneijder with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Netherlands. Georginio Wijnaldum replaces Robin van Persie.

Attempt missed. Luciano Narsingh (Netherlands) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

Substitution

Substitution, Latvia. Eduards Visnakovs replaces Valerijs Sabala.

Hand ball by Daley Blind (Netherlands).

Foul by Daley Blind (Netherlands).

Valerijs Sabala (Latvia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Netherlands. Conceded by Igors Tarasovs.

Attempt blocked. Stefan de Vrij (Netherlands) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daley Blind.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Vitalijs Jagodinskis (Latvia).

Jetro Willems (Netherlands) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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