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Ullevaal Stadium (ATT 6,796) 15th October 2013 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: P Tagliavento

Norway Norway vs Iceland Iceland

Norway 1

D Braaten (30)

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Iceland 1

K Sigthorsson (12)

World Cup qualifiers: Iceland draw 1-1 with Norway to close on first major tournament

Last Updated: 15/10/13 10:27pm

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Kolbeinn Sigthorsson: Sent Iceland through to play-offs

Kolbeinn Sigthorsson: Sent Iceland through to play-offs

Iceland are 180 minutes away from reaching a major tournament for the first time after booking a play-off place with a 1-1 draw in Norway.

The minnows, who would be the smallest country to ever reach a World Cup with a population of around 320,000, went to Oslo knowing they needed to match whatever third-placed Slovenia did in Group E.

As it was they bettered that, taking a point as Slovenia missed their chance and lost, meaning Daniel Braaten's Norweigian equaliser after Kolbeinn Sigthorsson's opener mattered little.

It represents a real achievement for Iceland and for their coach Lars Lagerback - a man steeped in Scandinavian football - although the real work is now to come.

They were not to know how Slovenia would fare before kick-off, and they will not have enjoyed the rocky opening to the game they had to endure.

Braaten hit wide for Norway with three minutes gone, while Hannes Thor Halldorson made his first save within seconds as Tarik Elyounoussi ripped a shot in.

Ola Kamara then had a hit blocked by Kari Arnason, but the pressure was relieved in one fell swoop in the 12th minute.

Tottenham's Gylfi Sigurdsson threaded a pass through from the left and Sigthorsson did the rest from 12 yards.

Norway did not deserve to be behind and on the stroke of the half-hour they got back on terms.

Braaten was the man, finishing crisply after Per Ciljan Skjelbred's cut-back.

The sting went out of the game after that and both sides struggled for openings until veteran Eidur Gudjohnsen drew a brilliant diving save from Rune Almenning Jarstein as the hour-mark approached.

The goalkeeper then kept out Birkir Bjarnason but as news of Switzerland winning came through, the mood changed amongst the Iceland contingent.

Bjarnason would have added to the joy had he shown better poise from 12 yards, while at the other end Stefan Johansen showed Norway remained a force with a close-run-thing.

Kolbeinn Sigthorsson was another to go close to a second but it did not matter as Switzerland's game ended and Iceland's progression to the play-offs was confirmed.

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  • FIFA World Cup European Qualifying

    Tue 15th Oct - Group E
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      0 - 1
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      2 - 2
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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