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Draw sends Iceland through to UEFA EURO 2016

Published: Sunday 6 September 2015, 22.35CET
Iceland 0-0 Kazakhstan
The result was a disappointment, but the match was soon forgotten as Iceland celebrated reaching their first major finals.
by Stefán Stefánsson
from Laugardalsvöllur
Draw sends Iceland through to UEFA EURO 2016
Iceland progressed despite a goalless draw against Kazakhstan ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

IcelandKazakhstan

Goals scored0
 
0
Possession (%)54
 
46
Total attempts15
 
4
on target2
 
1
off target4
 
2
blocked9
 
1
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners7
 
0
Offsides2
 
1
Yellow cards3
 
5
Red Cards1
 
0
Fouls committed12
 
20
Fouls suffered18
 
12

Standings

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Published: Sunday 6 September 2015, 22.35CET

Draw sends Iceland through to UEFA EURO 2016

Iceland 0-0 Kazakhstan
The result was a disappointment, but the match was soon forgotten as Iceland celebrated reaching their first major finals.

  • Iceland confirm a UEFA EURO 2016 place with two games remaining
  • Point against Kazakhstan means third-ranked Turkey cannot catch them
  • Red card for Aron Gunnarsson takes little gloss off achievement
  • Torrential rain in Reykjavik cannot dampen party mood
  • Next games: Iceland v Latvia, Kazakhstan v Netherlands (10 October)

A goalless draw against Kazakhstan in heavy rain in Reykjavik was soon forgotten as Iceland fans celebrated the national team making it to their first major final tournament as one of the top two in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group A.

Knowing that a draw was all that was required to secure a first major success in 11 qualifying campaigns may have influenced Iceland's tactics in weather conditions which hardly encouraged flowing football at Laugardalsvöllur. Iceland did not manage to get a meaningful shot on target in the first 35 minutes, finally warming to their task at the close of the first half as Ragnar Sigurdsson and Kári Árnason had efforts blocked in quick succession.

The pressure from Lars Lagerbäck and Heimir Hallgrímsson's team was more sustained after the interval, though there was still little threat to Stas Pokatilov's goal, with Kazakhstan menacing on the counterattack. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson passed up a decent chance to finish things off with just under 20 minutes remaining, but as the rain intensified, Iceland were dealt an unexpected blow, reliable captain Aron Gunnarsson dismissed for a second bookable offence.

However, the quality of the spectacle on offer could be consigned to memory in an instant as the final whistle blew, the Iceland players gathering to revel in the greatest achievement in the nation's footballing history.

Last updated: 08/09/15 0.22CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013998/postmatch/report/index.html#iceland+reach+first+finals

Lineups

Iceland

Iceland

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan

1
HalldórssonHannes Halldórsson (GK)
1
PokatilovStas Pokatilov (GK)
2
B. SævarssonBirkir Sævarsson
2
MaliySergei Maliy
6
R. SigurdssonRagnar Sigurdsson
3
GurmanMark Gurman
7
GudmundssonJohann Gudmundsson
Yellow Card20
5
KuatIslambek Kuat
8
B. BjarnasonBirkir Bjarnason
7
KonysbayevUlan Konysbayev
9
SigthórssonKolbeinn Sigthórsson
8
SmakovSamat Smakov (C)
10
G. SigurdssonGylfi Sigurdsson
9
IslamkhanBauyrzhan Islamkhan
14
ÁrnasonKári Árnason
16
SuyumbayevGafurzhan Suyumbayev
Yellow Card64
15
BödvarssonJón Dadi Bödvarsson
Substitution85
17
NuserbayevTanat Nuserbayev
Yellow Card40
Substitution76
17
A. GunnarssonAron Gunnarsson (C)
Yellow Card80
Red Card89
19
DzholchiyevBaurzhan Dzholchiyev
Yellow Card30
Substitution46
23
A. SkúlasonAri Skúlason
23
LogvinenkoYuri Logvinenko
Yellow Card71

Substitutes

13
GunnleifssonGunnleifur Gunnleifsson (GK)
22
SidelnikovAndrei Sidelnikov (GK)
12
KristinssonÖgmundur Kristinsson (GK)
12
BoichenkoSergei Boichenko (GK)
3
JónassonHallgrímur Jónasson
4
KuantayevYermek Kuantayev
4
JónssonKristinn Jónsson
6
Y. AkhmetovYeldos Akhmetov
5
OttesenSölvi Ottesen
10
KukeyevZhambyl Kukeyev
11
FinnbogasonAlfred Finnbogason
11
SchetkinAleksei Schetkin
Substitution76
16
SigurjónssonRúnar Már Sigurjónsson
13
DosmagambetovTimur Dosmagambetov
18
E. BjarnasonElmar Bjarnason
14
DarabayevAslan Darabayev
19
GíslasonRúrik Gíslason
15
AitbayevBerik Aitbayev
20
SkúlasonÓlafur Skúlason
18
MerkelAlexander Merkel
Substitution46
Yellow Card74
21
KjartanssonVidar Kjartansson
Substitution85
20
KhizhnichenkoSergei Khizhnichenko
22
GudjohnsenEidur Gudjohnsen
21
BeysebekovAbzal Beysebekov

Coach

Heimir Hallgrímsson (ISL) Yuri Krasnozhan (RUS)

Referee

Yevhen Aranovskiy (UKR)

Assistant referees

Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR), Volodymyr Volodin (UKR)

Fourth official

Igor Alokhin (UKR)

Additional assistant referees

Anatoliy Abdula (UKR), Yuriy Mozharovskyy (UKR)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution