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Iceland's fate 'in our own hands' says Hallgrimsson

By Robert Jones

Iceland have shrugged off their Hungary heartbreak and are going all out to beat Austria, according to joint-coach Heimir Hallgrimsson.

The smallest nation at the tournament were denied their biggest result when Birkir Saevarsson's own-goal rescued a 1-1 draw for Hungary in Marseille on Saturday.

Nevertheless, a win will send Iceland into the knockout stages, and they could even finish top of Group F.

"We have two points and are in a great position," said Hallgrimsson.

"Our fate is in our own hands and a win would guarantee us a place in the knockout stage. Victory would even see us top the group if Hungary fail to beat Portugal. If you had offered this situation to us prior to the tournament, we would have gladly taken it. We are thinking positively and feeling confident. We're going to win against Austria and progress.

"We're always learning. This is our first time at a major tournament and both the players and the coaches, as well as our football association, are learning a great deal.

"One of our aims for this tournament was to come out of it stronger than when we arrived."

Austria are also bidding to enter unchartered territory but they know only a win will be good enough to progress.

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