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Iceland through to UEFA Euro 2016

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Iceland through to UEFA Euro 2016

By Zoë Robert

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Iceland draws Kazakhstan in UEFA EURO 2016 preliminaries

Iceland celebrates the milestone. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Iceland is through to the UEFA Euro 2016 after the national team in men’s football drew with Kazakhstan 0-0 in the qualifiers at Laugardalsvöllur stadium in Reykjavík this evening. This is the first time that the Icelandic men’s team has secured a spot at a major international tournament. "I don't have words for it," coach Lars Lagerbäck told RÚV of his reaction.

Despite the rain, people are celebrating the milestone in Ingólfstorg square in downtown Reykjavík.

Earlier this week, Iceland beat The Netherlands 1-0 in an away game, after having earlier beat them at home in October. The Netherlands, who took home the bronze at the World Cup last year, were also beaten by Turkey, 3-0, in an away game earlier today.

The Group A standings are as follows:

Iceland 19 points
Czech Republic 19 points
Turkey 12 points
Netherlands 10 points
Latvia 4 points
Kazakhstan 2 points

The teams still have two games to play. Iceland will meet Latvia on October 10 and Turkey on October 13.

The UEFA EURO championship will be held in France June 10-July 10, 2016.

While this is the first time that the men's team qualify for a major international tournament, the Icelandic women's team have played several major international tournaments.

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