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Iceland to Go for Victory in Oslo

Iceland coach Lars Lagerbäck told the BBC, before the crucial game against Norway later today, that Iceland is going for victory.“We have to go for victory but we can also benefit from other results. We will of course hear what is going on between Switzerland and Slovenia, and if it’s good news we will try to be more careful.”

football_iceland_vs_albania_september_10_03_psIceland playing Albania last month. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

If Iceland do reach the play-offs, they will face a seeded team—Portugal, France, Sweden (Lars’ home country), Ukraine or Greece.

London’s Tottenham attacking midfielder Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson told the BBC that he expected a tough game: “Now this is all about what we do. We do not expect any favors from Switzerland [playing home against Slovenia] and it is great to go and have a shot at the play-offs. That has been our goal for the whole competition but now we have to get down to work and be ready for Norway.”

Iceland will reach the play-offs if they win against Norway but if Slovenia beats Switzerland, who have already qualified, and Iceland draw in Oslo, Slovenia goes to the playoffs.

The population of Norway is 15 times larger than in Iceland, five million compared to 320,000.

Related:

October 14 | Ticket Sales Slow for Iceland vs. Norway Match

October 12 | Iceland Beats Cyprus in World Cup Qualifiers

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