European Championship - Group F
Iceland2Austria1

Iceland 2-1 Austria

Iceland scored a dramatic injury-time winner in a pulsating match to eliminate Austria and set up a last-16 tie against England in Nice on Monday.

The contest might have lacked the six goals shared between Portugal and Hungary in the other Group F game, but there were ample opportunities to score that many, plus a scintillating - if cruel - conclusion.

There was always likely to be despair for one of these teams - and it happened to Austria after substitute Arnor Ingvi Traustason slid in at the far post to seal a victory that lifted Iceland from third to second in the group.

The signs of an entertaining contest were there from the start when Johann Gudmundsson rattled the woodwork in the second minute, before Jon Dadi Bodvarsson ended a sequence of 19 international games without a goal when he controlled a flick-on before shooting low past Robert Almer from eight yards.

Austria should have equalised from the penalty spot - there could have been three spot-kicks given in the match, with both sides denied decent second-half shouts - after Ari Skulason was judged to have pulled back David Alaba.

Aleksandar Dragovic, back in the side after suspension, took responsibility but struck the same part of the goal frame as Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo did against his team on Saturday.

Substitute Alessandro Schopf equalised with a crisp low strike after a mazy run into the area during an increasingly open second half - and should have found the net again but was denied by Hannes Halldorsson.

Kari Arnason made several crucial blocks close to his goal-line, but the decisive third goal came at the other end of the pitch.

Small mentality, big heart

Portugal's Ronaldo accused Iceland of having a "small mentality" after they drew 1-1 in their opening game.

But Iceland showed huge courage and determination to resist wave after wave of Austria attacks in the second half at a hot and humid Stade de France - and fully earned the scenes of jubilation they enjoyed in front of their mass of supporters at the final whistle.

They have picked up five points from their group games and have shown the level of match-craft and organisation you would expect from a team coached by former Sweden boss Lars Lagerback.

England struggled to open up all their opponents during their group campaign and can expect to face another team with the emphasis on defence on Monday (Iceland had 30% of the possession on Wednesday after averaging 28% across their opening two games).

But nonetheless, a nation of 330,000 qualifying from the group stage at their first major tournament is a feat that must be applauded after finishing second in Group F with five points.

Euro agony for Austria

Austria came into this tournament having won nine of their 10 qualifying matches and with one of the potential stars of Euro 2016 in Bayern Munich's talented and versatile midfielder David Alaba.

But they were awful against Hungary in their opening match, fortunate to draw with Portugal in their second and it was not until they threw everything at Iceland in the second half on Wednesday that they finally showed the sort of ability that had some describing them as potential dark horses in France.

Boss Marcel Koller - showing shades of England boss Roy Hodgson - did not seem to know his best side and deployed Alaba in a series of different positions, including a very advanced role against Iceland.

His team certainly created enough chances to win on Wednesday, with 23 efforts to Iceland's 11, but only after they brought on Schopf and Marc Janko at the break did they really start to dominate.

By that stage they were already chasing the game - knowing that only a victory would give them a chance of qualification - and having been struck on the counter-attack at the end they finished bottom of Group F with just a point to show for their efforts.

Man of the match - Kari Arnason (Iceland)

Kari Arnason
Difficult to single out someone from a team certain to eventually return home as heroes, but central defender Kari Arnason made a series of crucial second-half blocks. Real backs-to-the-wall stuff

What's next?

Austria head home after a disappointing campaign, but for Iceland the dream lives on. England can expect another stern test of their ability - or otherwise - to break teams down when they meet in Nice on Monday.

The stats you need to know

  • Iceland have qualified for the knockout stages in their first major tournament.
  • Aleksandar Dargovic's penalty miss was the third successive failed spot-kick (after Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos) at the tournament. The first four had been scored.
  • Jon Dadi Bodvarsson scored his first goal for Iceland since September 2014 (against Turkey in qualifying).
  • Arnor Ingvi Traustason has scored four goals in his past five games for Iceland.
  • Austria have kept just one clean sheet in their past 15 games at major tournaments.

Line-ups

Iceland

  • 1HalldórssonBooked at 82mins
  • 2Saevarsson
  • 14ArnasonBooked at 78mins
  • 6Sigurdsson
  • 23SkúlasonBooked at 36mins
  • 7Berg GudmundssonSubstituted forIngasonat 86'minutes
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 10Sigurdsson
  • 8Bjarnason
  • 9SigthorssonBooked at 51minsSubstituted forTraustasonat 80'minutes
  • 15BödvarssonSubstituted forBjarnasonat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Hauksson
  • 4Hermannsson
  • 5Ingason
  • 12Kristinsson
  • 13Jónsson
  • 16Sigurjonsson
  • 18Bjarnason
  • 19Magnusson
  • 20Hallfredsson
  • 21Traustason
  • 22Gudjohnsen

Austria

  • 1Almer
  • 17Klein
  • 15PrödlSubstituted forSchöpfat 45'minutes
  • 3Dragovic
  • 4Hinteregger
  • 5Fuchs
  • 20SabitzerSubstituted forJantscherat 78'minutes
  • 14Baumgartlinger
  • 6IlsankerSubstituted forJankoat 45'minutesBooked at 70mins
  • 7Arnautovic
  • 8Alaba

Substitutes

  • 2Garics
  • 9Okotie
  • 10Junuzovic
  • 11Harnik
  • 12Lindner
  • 13Suttner
  • 16Wimmer
  • 18Schöpf
  • 19Hinterseer
  • 21Janko
  • 22Jantscher
  • 23Özcan
Referee:
Szymon Marciniak
Attendance:
68,714

Match Stats

Home TeamIcelandAway TeamAustria
Possession
Home31%
Away69%
Shots
Home11
Away23
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Iceland 2, Austria 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Iceland 2, Austria 1.

Goal!

Goal! Iceland 2, Austria 1. Arnor Ingvi Traustason (Iceland) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Teddy Bjarnason following a fast break.

Corner, Austria. Conceded by Birkir Bjarnason.

Attempt blocked. Christian Fuchs (Austria) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Marc Janko (Austria) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Christian Fuchs with a cross.

Attempt blocked. David Alaba (Austria) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jakob Jantscher.

Corner, Austria. Conceded by Kári Arnason.

Attempt blocked. David Alaba (Austria) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jakob Jantscher.

Attempt blocked. Martin Hinteregger (Austria) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Julian Baumgartlinger.

Hand ball by Teddy Bjarnason (Iceland).

Corner, Iceland. Conceded by Florian Klein.

Substitution

Substitution, Iceland. Sverrir Ingi Ingason replaces Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

Foul by Jakob Jantscher (Austria).

Teddy Bjarnason (Iceland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Marko Arnautovic (Austria) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Birkir Saevarsson (Iceland).

Corner, Austria. Conceded by Arnor Ingvi Traustason.

Offside, Iceland. Johann Berg Gudmundsson tries a through ball, but Birkir Bjarnason is caught offside.

Foul by Alessandro Schöpf (Austria).

Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Hannes Thór Halldórsson (Iceland) is shown the yellow card.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Martin Hinteregger (Austria) because of an injury.

Delay in match Arnor Ingvi Traustason (Iceland) because of an injury.

Foul by Martin Hinteregger (Austria).

Arnor Ingvi Traustason (Iceland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Austria. Conceded by Hannes Thór Halldórsson.

Attempt saved. David Alaba (Austria) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Iceland. Arnor Ingvi Traustason replaces Kolbeinn Sigthorsson.

Julian Baumgartlinger (Austria) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (Iceland).

Booking

Kári Arnason (Iceland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

David Alaba (Austria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kári Arnason (Iceland).

Substitution

Substitution, Austria. Jakob Jantscher replaces Marcel Sabitzer.

Attempt blocked. Teddy Bjarnason (Iceland) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ari Freyr Skúlason.

Attempt missed. Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (Iceland) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Johann Berg Gudmundsson with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Iceland. Conceded by Christian Fuchs.

Attempt missed. Marc Janko (Austria) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Christian Fuchs with a cross.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France32104137
2Switzerland31202115
3Albania310213-23
4Romania301224-21

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wales32016336
2England31203215
3Slovakia31113304
4Russia301226-41

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany32103037
2Poland32102027
3Northern Ireland31022203
4Ukraine300305-50

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia32105327
2Spain32015236
3Turkey310224-23
4Czech Rep301225-31

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy32013126
2Belgium32014226
3R. of Ireland311124-24
4Sweden301213-21

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hungary31206425
2Iceland31204315
3Portugal30304403
4Austria301214-31
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