Oct 13, 2014 at 7.45pm UK
IcelandIceland
2-0
Netherlands
Sigurdsson (10' pen., 42')
FT(HT: 2-0)

de Jong (83')

Robin van Persie defends under-fire Guus Hiddink

Van Persie defends under-fire Hiddink
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Netherlands striker Robin van Persie defends under-fire Guus Hiddink and claims that the Oranje boss is a "great manager" after Monday's defeat to Iceland.

Robin van Persie has leapt to the defence of under-fire Netherlands boss Guus Hiddink following Monday's 2-0 defeat to Iceland.

Two first-half goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson were enough to give the hosts all three points as Hiddink endured his third loss in four games since replacing Louis van Gaal in the summer.

However, when asked by reporters if he was missing Van Gaal - who led them to a third-place finish in the World Cup - Van Persie said: "Hiddink is a great manager so it's not fair to say that.

"We must keep hope. Nothing has been decided yet. It's an honour for everyone here to play for Oranje. We won't give up."

The defeat has thrown the Oranje's Euro 2016 qualification campaign into disarray, with the Dutch six points behind co-leaders Iceland and Czech Republic.

Iceland's midfielder Gylfi Thor Sigurdsson (down) scores duirng the Euro 2016 Group A qualifying football match Iceland vs the Netherlands in Reykjavik, Iceland on October 13, 2014
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