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FOOTBALL: Iceland through to Euro 2016 knockout stage

Published:Wednesday | June 22, 2016 | 6:22 PM
Iceland's players react after their teammate, Arnor Ingvi Traustason (center left) collided with Austria's Martin Hinteregger during the Euro 2016 Group F soccer match between Iceland and Austria at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, France today.

Iceland, the smallest nation at the European Championship, surprisingly qualified for the knockout stage after beating Austria 2-1 in Paris thanks to a stoppage-time winner by Arnor Ingvi Traustason.

Austria was eliminated after finishing in last place in Group F on one point.

Iceland's adventure in its first ever major tournament continues. After taking the lead through Jon Dadi Bodvarsson in the 18th minute, the tiny island country of barely 330,000 people was forced to defend for most of the second half and conceded a goal to Alessandro Schoepf in the 60th.

The Austrians dominated the final stages at the Stade de France but conceded a breakaway goal to substitute Traustason in the fourth minute of stoppage time.