European Championship Qualifying - Group A
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Iceland 0-0 Kazakhstan

Iceland celebrating
Iceland came close to qualifying for the 2014 World Cup but missed out in the play-offs

Iceland sealed their place at a major tournament for the first time as they secured the point they needed in their Euro 2016 qualifier against Kazakhstan.

Iceland and Czech Republic both progress from Group A, with Netherlands now unable to advance automatically.

Cardiff's Aron Gunnarsson, the Iceland captain, who was dismissed late on, said: "It's unbelievable, I'm shocked."

The island nation is the smallest to qualify for a Euros, with an estimated population of just 317,000.

Before the match, manager Lars Lagerback said qualifying would mean more than reaching eight successive finals with his native Sweden, who he managed for nine years.

Iceland have moved up 100 places in the Fifa rankings since Lagerback took charge in 2011 and now sit in 23rd position, above the likes of France, Ukraine and Russia.

Group A

Line-ups

Iceland

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Halldórsson
  • 2Saevarsson
  • 14Arnason
  • 6R Sigurdsson
  • 23AF Skúlason
  • 7Berg GudmundssonBooked at 20mins
  • 17GunnarssonBooked at 89mins
  • 10G Sigurdsson
  • 8Bjarnason
  • 9Sigthorsson
  • 15BodvarssonSubstituted forKjartanssonat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Jónasson
  • 4Jonsson
  • 5Ottesen
  • 11Finnbogason
  • 12Kristinsson
  • 13Gunnleifsson
  • 16Sigurjonsson
  • 18Bjarnason
  • 19Gíslason
  • 20OI Skúlason
  • 21Kjartansson
  • 22Gudjohnsen

Kazakhstan

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Pokatilov
  • 3Gurman
  • 2Maliy
  • 23LogvinenkoBooked at 70mins
  • 16SuyumbayevBooked at 64mins
  • 5Kuat
  • 8Smakov
  • 19DzolchievBooked at 30minsSubstituted forMerkelat 45'minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 9Islamkhan
  • 7Konysbaev
  • 17NuserbaevBooked at 40minsSubstituted forShchetkinat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Kuantayev
  • 6Akhmetov
  • 10Kukeev
  • 11Shchetkin
  • 12Boychenko
  • 13Dosmagambetov
  • 14Darabaev
  • 15Aytbaev
  • 18Merkel
  • 20Khizhnichenko
  • 21Beisebekov
  • 22Sidelnikov
Referee:
Yevgen Aranovsky

Match Stats

Home TeamIcelandAway TeamKazakhstan
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home16
Away4
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away0
Fouls
Home13
Away20

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Iceland 0, Kazakhstan 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Iceland 0, Kazakhstan 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Samat Smakov (Kazakhstan) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  4. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland) for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland).

  6. Post update

    Aleksey Shchetkin (Kazakhstan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (Iceland).

  8. Post update

    Alexander Merkel (Kazakhstan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Iceland. Vidar Orn Kjartansson replaces Jon Dadi Bodvarsson.

  10. Booking

    Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland).

  12. Post update

    Islambek Kuat (Kazakhstan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Alexander Merkel (Kazakhstan).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Kazakhstan. Aleksey Shchetkin replaces Tanat Nuserbaev.

  16. Booking

    Alexander Merkel (Kazakhstan) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Post update

    Birkir Bjarnason (Iceland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Mark Gurman (Kazakhstan).

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jon Dadi Bodvarsson (Iceland) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Johann Berg Gudmundsson with a cross following a set piece situation.

  20. Booking

    Yuri Logvinenko (Kazakhstan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Iceland86111531219
2Czech Rep86111610619
3Turkey8332119212
4Netherlands83141310310
5Latvia8044416-124
6Kazakhstan8026516-112

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wales853092718
2Belgium85211731417
3Israel8413149513
4Bos-Herze83231210211
5Cyprus83051213-19
6Andorra8008330-270

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain76011731418
2Slovakia7601135818
3Ukraine7502123915
4Belarus7115514-94
5Luxembourg7115417-134
6North Macedonia7106615-93

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany75111951416
2Poland74212161514
3R. of Ireland73311651112
4Scotland7322127511
5Georgia7205513-86
6Gibraltar7007138-370

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England77002432121
2Switzerland75021661015
3Estonia731345-110
4Slovenia7304141049
5Lithuania7205413-96
6San Marino7016025-251

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Northern Ireland7511115616
2Romania743071615
3Hungary733153212
4Finland721468-27
5Faroe Islands7205511-66
6Greece702528-62

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Austria76101221019
2Sweden7331105512
3Russia7322104611
4Montenegro722368-28
5Liechtenstein7124214-125
6Moldova7025310-72

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy8530115618
2Norway8512108216
3Croatia84311651115
4Bulgaria822479-28
5Azerbaijan8134613-76
6Malta8026313-102

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portugal540174312
2Denmark632184411
3Albania532072511
4Serbia6114511-61
5Armenia6015511-61
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