World Cup qualifier: Iceland beat Cyprus 2-0 in Reykjavik
Iceland are in pole position to clinch the runners-up spot in World Cup qualifying Group E after a 2-0 win over Cyprus.
Last Updated: 11/10/13 10:54pm
Iceland remain in pole position to clinch the runners-up spot in World Cup qualifying Group E thanks to a 2-0 victory over Cyprus in Reykjavik.
Kolbeinn Sigthorsson opened the scoring on the hour-mark and Gylfi Sigurdsson made the points safe 13 minutes from time.
The result kept Lars Lagerback's side in second place in the pool - a point better off than Slovenia, who were 3-0 winners against Norway.
The hosts bossed the first half but failed to unduly trouble Cyprus goalkeeper Antonis Georgallides, while the visitors offered little as an attacking force.
Sigurdsson sent a couple of early sighters over bar before Birkir Bjarnason nodded Eidur Gudjohnsen's cross wide.
Sigthorsson, Birkir Mar Saevarsson and Ari Freyr Skulason were off target with further efforts, and Sigurdsson's speculative 30-yard attempt was comfortably caught by Georgallides as the game reached half-time goalless.
The match continued in the same vein after the interval, with Iceland very much on the front foot - and they received their reward on the hour mark.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson provided the assist from the left channel, with Sigthorsson drilling into the bottom-right corner from close range.
Kari Arnason then twice directed headers over the bar when well placed, but in the 77th minute the clinching goal arrived. Bjarnason's blast was parried by Georgallides, with Tottenham midfielder Sigurdsson on hand to pounce on the rebound.
Bjarnason went close to stretching Iceland's lead in the final minute but his rasping 25-yard drive was parried by Georgallides.