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Laugardalsvollur Stadium (ATT 9,768) 10th September 2013 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: Andre Marriner

Iceland Iceland vs Albania Albania

Iceland 2

B Bjarnason (13)
K Sigthorsson (47)

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Albania 1

V Rama (9)

World Cup qualifier: Iceland close in on play-offs after 2-1 win over Albania

Last Updated: 10/09/13 10:46pm

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Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (centre): The Ajax striker settled the match

Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (centre): The Ajax striker settled the match

Iceland took a significant step towards their first-ever major tournament following a 2-1 win over Albania in Reykjavik.

Valdet Rama fired the visitors ahead on nine minutes but Iceland's recovery took just four minutes to begin.

Birkir Bjarnason stabbed in a low cross at the back post four minutes later, fighting off Eidur Gudjohnsen to do so, before another close-range finish from Kolbeinn Sigthorsson just after half-time settled the match.

Victory moves Iceland into second place in Group E, five points behind leaders Switzerland but, more importantly, one point clear of nearest rivals Slovenia and two better off than Norway with two games to play.

Iceland will meet Cyprus at home next month before rounding out their campaign with a crucial away tie at Norway on October 15.

The Iceland fans had to withstand an early scare, however, when Rama netted from 20 yards shortly after Gylfi Sigurdsson had hit the post from long range.

Iceland's response was swift, and after good build-up play down the right pulled the away defence out of position, it was left to Bjarnason and Gudjohnsen to squabble over who would turn in the equaliser.

The home side continued to press and were worth their win when Birkir Mar Saevarsson's low cross from the right was steered in by Sigthorsson.

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Tables

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

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

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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

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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