World Cup qualifier: Iceland beat Cyprus 2-0 in Reykjavik
Last Updated: 11/10/13 10:54pm
Gylfi Sigurdsson: Scored Iceland's second goal
Iceland remain in pole position to clinch the runners-up spot in World Cup qualifying Group E thanks to a 2-0 victory over Cyprus in Reykjavik.
Kolbeinn Sigthorsson opened the scoring on the hour-mark and Gylfi Sigurdsson made the points safe 13 minutes from time.
The result kept Lars Lagerback's side in second place in the pool - a point better off than Slovenia, who were 3-0 winners against Norway.
The hosts bossed the first half but failed to unduly trouble Cyprus goalkeeper Antonis Georgallides, while the visitors offered little as an attacking force.
Sigurdsson sent a couple of early sighters over bar before Birkir Bjarnason nodded Eidur Gudjohnsen's cross wide.
Sigthorsson, Birkir Mar Saevarsson and Ari Freyr Skulason were off target with further efforts, and Sigurdsson's speculative 30-yard attempt was comfortably caught by Georgallides as the game reached half-time goalless.
The match continued in the same vein after the interval, with Iceland very much on the front foot - and they received their reward on the hour mark.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson provided the assist from the left channel, with Sigthorsson drilling into the bottom-right corner from close range.
Kari Arnason then twice directed headers over the bar when well placed, but in the 77th minute the clinching goal arrived. Bjarnason's blast was parried by Georgallides, with Tottenham midfielder Sigurdsson on hand to pounce on the rebound.
Bjarnason went close to stretching Iceland's lead in the final minute but his rasping 25-yard drive was parried by Georgallides.
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Fri 11th Oct - Group B
Armenia2 - 1Bulgaria
Malta1 - 4Czech Rep
Denmark2 - 2Italy
Fri 11th Oct - Group G
Lithuania2 - 0Latvia
Bos & Herz4 - 1Liechtenstein
Greece1 - 0Slovakia
Fri 11th Oct - Group A
Croatia1 - 2Belgium
Wales1 - 0Macedonia
Fri 11th Oct - Group F
Azerbaijan2 - 0N Ireland
Luxembourg0 - 4Russia
Portugal1 - 1Israel
Fri 11th Oct - Group H
Moldova3 - 0San Marino
Ukraine1 - 0Poland
England4 - 1Montenegro
Fri 11th Oct - Group C
Faroe Islands1 - 1Kazakhstan
Sweden2 - 1Austria
Germany3 - 0Rep Ireland
Fri 11th Oct - Group E
Albania1 - 2Switzerland
Slovenia3 - 0Norway
Iceland2 - 0Cyprus
Fri 11th Oct - Group D
Holland8 - 1Hungary
Andorra0 - 4Romania
Estonia0 - 2Turkey
Fri 11th Oct - Group I
Spain2 - 1Belarus
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
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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I