ICELAND 1-2 NETHERLANDS, Reykjavik, 6 June 2009
de Jong 8, van Bommel 15, Sigurdsson 88
Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong opened the scoring, rising unchallenged to head home from just outside the six yard box in the eighth minute. Excellently-named Iceland keeper Gunnleifur Gunnleifsson should perhaps have done better, although he was not helped by his static defence.
There were further question marks against Gunnleifsson when Mark van Bommel drove a 20-yard grasscutter past the keeper to make it 2-0 after just a quarter of an hour.
Iceland improved, and managed to keep the Dutch at bay for the remainder of the game, grabbing a consolation goal in the 88th minute, with Kristjan Orn Sigurdsson nodding home from a corner.
This was the Netherlands’ 36th UFWC title match victory. The result also saw the Dutch become the first team to qualify for World Cup 2010 in South Africa, with a one hundred percent record in group 9. On Wednesday the Netherlands will play Norway in another UFWC/WCQ double-header.