Iceland scored two late goals to defeat Finland in World Cup qualifying.

By The SI Staff
October 06, 2016

Iceland rolled its Euro 2016 magic into 2018 World Cup qualifying, scoring 90th- and 95th-minute goals to come back and stun Finland 3-2 in Reykjavik on Thursday, but the result was not secured without controversy. 

Ragnar Sigurdsson's winner at the death appeared to have been saved by goalkeeper Lucas Hrdaecky, and it was unclear whether it fully crossed the line (or if it was handled), only for it to be given. Alfred Finnbogason booted it over the line and out of Hradecky's loose grip for good measure, too. Finland players protested, but the goal stood, giving Iceland four points from its first two qualifiers following a draw at Ukraine last month.


Finland twice blew one-goal leads, having Kari Arnason match Teemu Pukki's opener and Finnbogason score in the 90th minute to negate Robin Lod's 39th-minute strike. Gylfi Sigurdsson also missed a penalty for Iceland, one that would've made it 2-2 in the 51st minute.

Both sides play at home on Sunday, with Iceland hosting Turkey (drew 2-2 with Ukraine on Thursday) and Finland welcoming Croatia (a 6-0 winner over Kosovo).

You May Like