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Switzerland Switzerland vs Iceland Iceland

Switzerland 4

S Lichtsteiner (14, 30)
F Schar (27)
B Dzemaili (pen 54)

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Iceland 4

J Gudmundsson (3, 67, 90)
K Sigthorsson (55)

Eight-goal thriller in Bern

Gudmundsson hat-trick helps Iceland hold Switzerland

Last Updated: 06/09/13 10:58pm

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Johann Berg Gudmundsson grabbed a hat-trick to steal share of the spoils

Johann Berg Gudmundsson grabbed a hat-trick to steal share of the spoils

Johann Berg Gudmundsson scored a last-minute equaliser as his hat-trick saw Iceland come back from three goals down to claim a stunning 4-4 draw with Group E leaders Switzerland in Bern.

Gudmundsson had given the visitors an early lead but Stephan Lichtsteiner scored twice along with Fabian Schar and a Blerim Dzemaili penalty as the hosts went 4-1 up with less than an hour played.

However, Kolbeinn Sigthorsson pulled one back before Gudmundsson struck twice to complete an unlikely comeback.

Switzerland still hold a four-point lead at the top of the group over Norway but coach Ottmar Hitzfeld will not be impressed by the way his side squandered a probable victory.

It was Iceland who made an ideal start by shocking their hosts with a third-minute lead.

Gylfi Sigurdsson's cross from the left found Gudmundsson in the centre of the penalty area and he fired a left-footed shot into the top right-hand corner.

That, though, served only to wake the hosts from their slumber.

Xherdan Shaqiri and Schar both unleashed efforts before Switzerland equalised in the 14th minute, Lichtsteiner slotting home into the bottom right-hand corner.

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Hitzfeld's side then took the lead 13 minutes later when Haris Seferovic's shot was blocked by Ragnar Sigurdsson only for Schar to pounce on shoot home from close range.

And Switzerland were on target again just three minutes later when Shaqiri's pass from the right found Lichtsteiner who then sent the ball into the bottom left corner.

Haris Seferovic had a number of shots which went over or were blocked and Granit Xhaka headed wide as the Swiss threatened to run rampant.

The Swiss carried on where they left off after the break, Dzemaili's long-range shot hitting the wall before they extended their lead in the 54th minute from the spot.

Birkir Mar Saevarsson's foul on Valentin Stocker saw a penalty awarded with Dzemaili firing home fiercely.

Sigthorsson pulled one back with a right-footed shot a minute later and the visitors reduced the deficit further 12 minutes later.

Gudmundsson got his second of the night, firing home into the top left-hand corner and after at one point looking as though they could be on the wrong end of a drubbing, the visitors were now searching for an equaliser.

Aron Gunnarsson shot over from distance and Sigthorsson fired wide but it appeared that Switzerland had done just enough to hold on for victory.

That was before Gudmundsson's intervention in the final minute, though, as he completed both his hat-trick and Iceland's comeback by firing into the top left-hand corner.

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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
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