Iceland, Qualified For Round Of 16 At UEFA Euro 2016

Iceland’s brave Vikings just qualified for the knockout stage at UEFA Euro 2016 in France after the last game in the group stage against Austria which they won 2-1 in the last minutes.

After 90 hectic minutes at Stade de France in Paris, the Icelandic national football team managed a historical achievement by qualifying to the Round of 16 at the European football championship held this year in France.

Icelandic football supporters cheering up for their national team at UEFA Euro 2016 in France. Image source: www.thepanenkablog.wordpress.com

Icelandic football supporters cheering up for their national team at UEFA Euro 2016 in France. Image source: www.thepanenkablog.wordpress.com

24-year-old right winger Jón Daði Böðvarsson (who is currently playing for 1. FC Kaiserslautern in 2. Bundesliga) scored the first goal of the match in 18th minute for Iceland. The Austrians missed a penalty kick in the 37th minute by Aleksandar Dragović. Alessandro Schöpf gave Austria hope in the prospect of a subsequent qualification by scoring the equaliser in the 60th minute.

Arnór Ingvi Traustason (who last played for Swedish Allsvenskan side IFK Norrköping) scored the victory goal for the Icelandic national football team in the 94th minute, thus officially paving the road for Iceland to the Round of 16 match against England which will take place on the 27th of June at Nice on the Allianz Riviera stadium.

Iceland was drawn in Group F at UEFA Euro 2016 alongside Hungary, Austria, and Portugal. They were given few chances of getting past the group stage, but after two draws with Portugal and Hungary things were really getting on the track for the Icelandic national football team. After the stunning win over Austria today, Iceland qualified for the Round of 16 from the second place in Group F, with 5 points, just as Hungary (yet Hungary had a better goal difference than Iceland).

The UEFA Euro 2016 tournament in France is Iceland’s first major football tournament in which take part. The team is coached by Lars Lagerbäck (manager for Sweden between 2000 and 2009) and Heimir Hallgrímsson who has been managing Iceland since 2013 alongside Lagerbäck.

To date, Iceland is also the smallest nation ever to compete in a major football championship. Nearly 27,000 Icelanders bought tickets to France to support their national football team. That represents almost 8% of Iceland’s total population!

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