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Euro 2016: Iceland snatch a 2-1 victory over Austria and will face England in the next round

Published 22/06/2016

Iceland players celebrate a goal by Iceland's Arnor Ingvi Traustason during the Euro 2016 Group F soccer match between Iceland and Austria at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, France, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Iceland players celebrate a goal by Iceland's Arnor Ingvi Traustason during the Euro 2016 Group F soccer match between Iceland and Austria at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, France, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Iceland's Arnor Ingvi Traustason, bottom, scores his side's second goal past Austria goalkeeper Robert Almer, top, during the Euro 2016 Group F soccer match between Iceland and Austria at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, France, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Iceland players celebrate their late winner and qualifying for the last 16 round after the Euro 2016, Group F match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 22, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Iceland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Iceland's Arnor Ingvi Traustason celebrates his late winner and qualifying for the last 16 round after the Euro 2016, Group F match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 22, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Iceland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Iceland's Kari Arnason (left) and Austria's Marko Arnautovic battle for the ball during the Euro 2016, Group F match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 22, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Iceland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson dives as Austria's Aleksander Dragovic, center, takes a penalty shot during the Euro 2016 Group F soccer match between Iceland and Austria at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, France, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Austria's Aleksander Dragovic, left, reacts after missing a penalty kick during the Euro 2016 Group F soccer match between Iceland and Austria at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, France, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Iceland's Gylfi Sigurdsson, top right, and Iceland's Kari Arnason, center, vie for the ball against Austria's Marko Arnautovic, bottom, during the Euro 2016 Group F soccer match between Iceland and Austria at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, France, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Iceland's Aron Gunnarsson, right, heads the ball against Austria's Marko Arnautovic, second right, Austria goalkeeper Robert Almer, left, and Austria's Marcel Sabitzer, second left, during the Euro 2016 Group F soccer match between Iceland and Austria at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, France, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Austria's Aleksander Dragovic takes a penalty shot during the Euro 2016 Group F soccer match between Iceland and Austria at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, France, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Austria's Aleksandar Dragovic is consoled by teammate Florian Klein (left) after missing a penalty during the Euro 2016, Group F match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 22, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Iceland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Iceland's Ari Freyr Skulason is shown the yellow card after giving away a penalty during the Euro 2016, Group F match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 22, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Iceland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Iceland's Jon Dadi Bodvarsson celebrates after scoring during the Euro 2016 Group F soccer match between Iceland and Austria at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, France, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Iceland's Jon Dadi Bodvarsson celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Euro 2016 Group F soccer match between Iceland and Austria at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, France, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Austria's Aleksandar Dragovic dejected after missing a penalty during the Euro 2016, Group F match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 22, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Iceland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Austria's Aleksandar Dragovic dejected after missing a penalty during the Euro 2016, Group F match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 22, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Iceland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Austria's Marko Arnautovic (centre) and Iceland's Kari Arnason jostle for position during the Euro 2016, Group F match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 22, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Iceland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Austria's Marko Arnautovic (left) and Iceland's Kari Arnason battle for the ball during the Euro 2016, Group F match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 22, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Iceland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Iceland's Ari Freyr Skulason (left) fouls Austria's David Alaba to give away a penalty during the Euro 2016, Group F match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 22, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Iceland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Austria's Marko Arnautovic (left) and Iceland's Kari Arnason battle for the ball during the Euro 2016, Group F match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 22, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Iceland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Iceland's Ari Freyr Skulason (left) fouls Austria's David Alaba to give away a penalty during the Euro 2016, Group F match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 22, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Iceland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Iceland's payers celebrate their opening goal during the Euro 2016 Group F soccer match between Iceland and Austria at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, France, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Iceland, the smallest country to ever grace a major tournament, will face England in the Euro 2016 last-16 after securing a remarkable late win against Austria.

Hailing from a tiny island of just 330,000 inhabitants and unable to play outside for large chunks of the year to due to the freezing conditions, it was remarkable that the North Atlantic nation even made it to the finals.

Iceland have upset the apple cart once again, though, securing a last-gasp 2-1 win against Austria, ranked 10th in the world, thanks to Arnor Ingvi Traustason's stoppage-time effort in Paris.

Their first-ever win at a major tournament sets up a fascinating last-16 clash on Monday in Nice against England - a country approximately 165 times the size of Iceland.

The minnows threatened from the outset as Johann Gudmundsson's thunderous early effort hit the goal frame, with Jon Dadi Bodvarsson opening the scoring smartly after 18 minutes after officials missed Aron Gunnarsson stepping across the line when providing the mammoth throw that led to the opener.

Aleksandar Dragovic wasted the chance for Austria to go in level after hitting a penalty against the post, but an improved second-half display brought a goal as substitute Alessandro Schopf scored a smart solo effort.

Marcel Koller's side peppered the Iceland goal for the remaining 30 minutes yet not only failed to get the win they required but suffered a late defeat, with substitute Traustason finishing a stoppage-time break.

Fans of the success-starved nations were in understandably good voice at the Stade de France, where Austria were rattled almost as much as their goal frame in the opening stages.

Iceland set the tone inside two minutes as Gudmundsson hit a wonderful drive that keeper Robert Almer watched helplessly hit the top corner of his goal.

There was a nervy moment when Marko Arnautovic dispossessed dilly-dallying Hannes Halldorsson, but the goalkeeper recovered impressively and Kari Arnason fired over at the other end soon after.

Austria looked a shadow of the side that qualified so impressively and fell behind after 18 minutes as Gunnarsson's long-throw caused havoc.

Officials missed the captain's foot crossing the line and the throw was flicked on by Arnason to Bodvarsson, whose impressive feet and strike across the goalkeeper put Iceland ahead.

There was a disbelieving pause as the Nordic fans realised the ball had rippled the net - a goal Austria quickly went about trying to cancel out.

Iceland's Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, left, shoots to score past Austria goalkeeper Robert Almer, top, during the Euro 2016 Group F soccer match between Iceland and Austria at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, France, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Iceland's Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, left, shoots to score past Austria goalkeeper Robert Almer, top, during the Euro 2016 Group F soccer match between Iceland and Austria at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, France, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Iceland's Jon Dadi Bodvarsson celebrates after scoring during the Euro 2016 Group F soccer match between Iceland and Austria at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, France, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Iceland's Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, center right, shoots to score the opening goal during the Euro 2016 Group F soccer match between Iceland and Austria at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, France, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Iceland's Jon Dadi Bodvarsson (centre) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Euro 2016, Group F match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 22, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Iceland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson, left, blocks a shot by Austria's Marko Arnautovic, right, during the Euro 2016 Group F soccer match between Iceland and Austria at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, France, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Iceland's Ragnar Sigurdsson (centre) and Austria's Marko Arnautovic (right) battle for the ball during the Euro 2016, Group F match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 22, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Iceland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Iceland's Jon Dadi Bodvarsson celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game with teammates during the Euro 2016, Group F match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 22, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Iceland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Julian Baumgartlinger and Arnautovic had efforts before Ari Skulason was adjudged to have fouled David Alaba. Dragovic took the responsibility from the penalty spot, only to hit the post in front of the ecstatic blue-clad support.

Baumgartlinger saw a long-range effort tipped over shortly after a Birkir Bjarnason strike was ruled out for offside, with the winger striking over shortly after play resumed.

Arnason threw himself in front of a goalbound Alaba strike as Austria began with renewed intensity, unsuccessfully claiming a penalty after Skulason fell and brought Marcel Sabitzer with him.

Gylfi Sigurdsson showed wonderful technique in volleying across the face of goal but the pressure was now at the other end, with Arnason thwarting Sabitzer before Schopf was denied - for a few minutes at least.

The half-time introduction slalomed into the box and hit a left-footed strike across Halldorsson with 30 minutes remaining.

Sigurdsson saw a shot well saved but Austria were now in almost complete control, with Marc Janko turning just wide before Schopf was denied by the Iceland goalkeeper.

Florian Klein got away with a handball on a rare Iceland voyage forwards before Halldorsson tipped over an Alaba free-kick.

Austria's desperate attempt to snatch a win left them open and Iceland capitalised. Elmar Bjarnason broke down the right and sent a cross to the far post, where Traustason turned home.

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