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Slovenia Slovenia vs Iceland Iceland

Slovenia 1

M Novakovic (34)

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Iceland 2

G Sigurdsson (55, 78)

Sigurdsson sinks Slovenia

Spurs ace notches brace to boost Iceland qualification hopes

Last Updated: 22/03/13 7:27pm

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Gylfi Sigurdsson: Notched brace for Iceland

Gylfi Sigurdsson: Notched brace for Iceland

Tottenham midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson scored both goals to sink Slovenia and keep Iceland's hopes of World Cup qualification alive.

Sigurdsson struck the winner in the 78th minute after being played in by former Chelsea veteran Eidur Gudjohnsen.

Gudjohnsen, 34, had been on the pitch just two minutes after coming off the bench to replace Emil Hallfredsson.

The three points take Iceland on to nine in Group E and they were a just reward for their perseverance after a niggly match littered with fouls.

Milivoje Novakovic, Slovenia's 33-year-old spearhead who plies his trade in Japan's J League with Omiya Ardija, had put the hosts ahead in the first half.

Novakovic, who had earlier been shown the yellow card for a foul, sent a left-foot shot from the right side of the box sailing into the top left corner.

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Slovenia pressed for the winner in a hectic second half, forcing a string of corners, but they could not make their territorial dominance pay.

Instead, Sigurdsson demonstrated his reputation as a dead-ball specialist when he blasted a right-foot shot into the top corner for a 55th-minute equaliser after Birkir Bjarnason had been fouled on the edge of the penalty area.

Sigurdsson then struck the winner with a right-foot shot from the centre of the penalty box.

As a result of the defeat, Slovenia remain on three points with just one win from their five matches.

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Matches

  • FIFA World Cup European Qualifying

    Fri 22nd Mar - Group F
    • Israel
      3 - 3
      Portugal
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    • Luxembourg
      0 - 0
      Azerbaijan
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    Fri 22nd Mar - Group B
    Fri 22nd Mar - Group A
    Fri 22nd Mar - Group E
    Fri 22nd Mar - Group C
    • Kazakhstan
      0 - 3
      Germany
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    • Austria
      6 - 0
      Faroe Islands
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    • Sweden
      0 - 0
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    Fri 22nd Mar - Group D
    Fri 22nd Mar - Group G
    • Liechtenstein
      1 - 1
      Latvia
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    • Slovakia
      1 - 1
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    • Bos & Herz
      3 - 1
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    Fri 22nd Mar - Group H
    Fri 22nd Mar - Group I

Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4

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