Iceland could make it to the play-offs for the first time in their history after beating Cyprus 2-0 last night.
Ever heard of the ‘Group of Death’ well how about the ‘Group of Ease’?
If you were to choose a group from the UEFA section of World Cup qualifying to give this title, it would have to be Group E.
Switzerland have ran away with a group that contains Norway, Albania, Cyprus, Slovenia and Iceland - and it is now a straight shoot-out between Iceland and Slovenia for a place in the play-offs.
Last night saw Slovenia comfortably beat Norway 3-0 in Ljubljana - so Iceland knew that they needed a result against their Cypriot opposition in Reykjavik. Sounds easy right, but when you consider that Iceland lost to Cyprus 1-0 in the return leg back in September 2012, they were slightly cautious.
But Iceland did win, putting themselves on the brink of the play-off round for the first time in their history, despite coming desperately close to the European Championships in 2004.
The former Reading man was in fine form against Cyprus yesterday, as Iceland set up a crunch date with Scandinavian rivals Norway on Tuesday - with Slovenia travelling to take on Group Winners Switzerland.
Sigurdsson scored yesterday, but it is certainly not one of his better goals. He added a second after Ajax striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson had bundled in the opening goal. Sigurdsson claimed a goal, although there was a suspicion of own goal, with the ball seemingly coming off his chest and then diverted in by a Cypriot defender.
Here are the highlights from the game…
Can Iceland topple Norway and make it to the play-offs?
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