Sigurdsson sinks Slovenia
Spurs ace notches brace to boost Iceland qualification hopes
Last Updated: March 22, 2013 7:27pm
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.
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.
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Fri 22nd Mar - Group F
Israel3 - 3Portugal
Luxembourg0 - 0Azerbaijan
Fri 22nd Mar - Group B
Bulgaria6 - 0Malta
Czech Rep0 - 3Denmark
Fri 22nd Mar - Group A
Croatia2 - 0Serbia
Macedonia0 - 2Belgium
Scotland1 - 2Wales
Fri 22nd Mar - Group E
Slovenia1 - 2Iceland
Norway0 - 1Albania
Fri 22nd Mar - Group C
Kazakhstan0 - 3Germany
Austria6 - 0Faroe Islands
Sweden0 - 0Rep Ireland
Fri 22nd Mar - Group D
Andorra0 - 2Turkey
Hungary2 - 2Romania
Netherlands3 - 0Estonia
Fri 22nd Mar - Group G
Liechtenstein1 - 1Latvia
Slovakia1 - 1Lithuania
Bosnia3 - 1Greece
Fri 22nd Mar - Group H
Moldova0 - 1Montenegro
Poland1 - 3Ukraine
San Marino0 - 8England
Fri 22nd Mar - Group I
Spain1 - 1Finland
France3 - 1Georgia
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C
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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I