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Iceland set to qualify

Published 06/09/2015 | 02:30

Iceland co-coach Heimir Hallgrimsson
Iceland co-coach Heimir Hallgrimsson

Iceland's ascent to the brink of qualifying for their first major tournament has been on the cards, co-coach Heimir Hallgrimsson said, as an expectant country anticipates achieving that goal today, writes Mark Gleeson.

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One win from their last three Group A qualifiers will ensure a place at Euro 2016 in France for the Nordic nation.

"Some might think we have been a little naive, but it has always been our target and aim to qualify Iceland," said Hallgrimsson. "In the past, maybe it would have seemed strange to think we could come and beat a strong football power like Holland."

Iceland's victory in Amsterdam last week completed a double over the Netherlands and kept Iceland two points ahead of the Czech Republic.

A home win today against Kazakhstan, who have lost six of their seven qualifiers, will take Iceland to 21 points and confirm qualification.

"Let's hope we can do it. We are not there that yet, but in a very good position in the group," added Hallgrimsson.

Iceland must still play Latvia at home and finish the campaign away to Turkey.

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