'Our biggest achievement'

Iceland celebrate double over Holland as they stand on the brink of qualification

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Five reasons for Holland's 1-0 loss to Iceland

Holland coach can blame early red card and Robben's injury for loss, but his tactics also cost Oranje

Holland playmaker Wesley Sneijder

At the final whistle of his first match in charge, Danny Blind stared emptily the into stands, which were half-empty by then.
His assistants, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Marco van Basten, two of the finest goal-poachers the country has produced, remained seated on the bench,
not quite believing what they had just witnessed.
At that moment, you suspect Blind, 54, had finally grasped what he had taken on — a sinking ship.
Now, as captain of the vessel, he explain why Holland slumped to a 1-0 home loss to Iceland yesterday morning (Singapore time), a result which leaves them languishing third in Group A with three games to go.
GARY LIM looks at the five talking points from the match.
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Miss Gunpowder set to blow rivals up

Comments courtesy of the Australian Associated

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Shafiq on a roll

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Meteor Mike bows out with a bang

$215 winner surprises in night of thrilling finishes

ADIOS: Meteor Mike (centre) outlasting the fast-finishing Knight Wager (left) by a short head, with another short head to Majestic Moments (right) in Race 7 at Kranji last night. It was the nine-year-old's final race. THE CAMERA NEVER LIES: The photo finish of Meteor Mike winning by a short head from Knight Wager (No. 7), with Majestic Moments third, another short head away.
ADIOS: Meteor Mike (centre) outlasting the fast-finishing Knight Wager (left) by a short head, with another short head to Majestic Moments (right) in Race 7 at Kranji last night. It was the nine-year-old's final race. THE CAMERA NEVER LIES: The photo finish of Meteor Mike winning by a short head from Knight Wager (No. 7), with Majestic Moments third, another short head away.
ADIOS: Meteor Mike (centre) outlasting the fast-finishing Knight Wager (left) by a short head, with another short head to Majestic Moments (right) in Race 7 at Kranji last night. It was the nine-year-old's final race. THE CAMERA NEVER LIES: The photo finish of Meteor Mike winning by a short head from Knight Wager (No. 7), with Majestic Moments third, another short head away.
ADIOS: Meteor Mike (centre) outlasting the fast-finishing Knight Wager (left) by a short head, with another short head to Majestic Moments (right) in Race 7 at Kranji last night. It was the nine-year-old's final race. THE CAMERA NEVER LIES: The photo finish of Meteor Mike winning by a short head from Knight Wager (No. 7), with Majestic Moments third, another short head away.
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Ball of muscle will take beating

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EARN YOUR LEGACY, ROON

He will surely overtake Charlton in the England scoring charts, but not in stature

Wayne Rooney has 48 goals from 105 England appearances. He needs just two more to overtake England's all-time leading scorer 
Sir Bobby Charlton (above), who has 49 goals.
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Singapore U-15s restrict North Korea to 3-0

Singapore U-15s do well to restrict North Korea to 3-0 victory

EMOTIONAL: Cubs midfielder 
Matin Mohamad (No. 13) is consoled by 
his teammate after the Singapore 
Under-15s lost 3-0 to North Korea in a AFC Under-16 Championship qualifier last night, a result that rules them out of the tournament proper.

The Singapore Under-15s salvaged some pride when they matched defending AFC Under-16s champions North Korea for most of the game before beaten 3-0 at Jalan Besar last night.

This was in stark contrast to their timid capitulation in the 5-0 defeat by Thailand in their Group H opener of the

AFC Under-16 Championship qualifiers on Wednesday.

In fact, with more composed finishing, the Cubs, at times silky and at times scrappy, might have even stolen a sensational draw against an unchanged North Korea side that hit Cambodia 7-0 on Wednesday.

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