|Attempts on target||12||13|
|Attempts off target||0||0|
|2||Republic of Ireland||Georgia|
|3||Wales||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|2||Republic of Ireland||Switzerland|
|3||Italy||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
Iceland closed to within three points of the Group 5 summit by defeating Northern Ireland 2-1 in Grindavik.
Having lost their opening qualifier to the Czech Republic, who lead the section with a perfect record from four matches, Iceland have since won three times. The latest success tonight was achieved thanks to second-half efforts from Jóhann Gudmundsson and Jósef Kristinn Jósefsson, with James Lawrie setting up a tense finale after replying in the 80th minute for the visitors.
Gudmundsson, who scored a hat-trick against San Marino, broke the deadlock on 56 minutes from Andrés Már Jóhannsson's cross before Jósefsson doubled the advantage 14 minutes later, firing in from a narrow angle after more fine work from Jóhannsson. Jósefsson blocked a Billy Kee effort on the goalline as the visitors upped the tempo, and they were rewarded when Lawrie turned the ball in after Haraldur Björnsson had parried a Joshua Magennis drive.
Yet that was as good as it got for stand-in Northern Ireland manager Alfie Wylie – regular incumbent Steve Beaglehole is with the Under-19 side in Bosnia-Herzegovina – leaving the team still searching for their first points in the group.
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|Eyjólfur Sverrisson (ISL)||Alfie Wylie (NIR)|
|Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)|
|Alain Hoxha (AUT), Andreas Staudinger (AUT)|
|Alexander Harkam (AUT)|