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France hammer Iceland in Euro 2020 qualifier

World champions pick up convincing 4-0 victory in lopsided fixture

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March 27, 2019


France escape with 2-2 draw against Iceland in international friendly

Kylian Mbappe scored the equalizer in the 91st minute

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October 12, 2018


Switzerland put six past Iceland in UEFA Nations League

Switzerland made a dream start to a group that also includes World Cup semi-finalists Belgium

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September 9, 2018


How the group stage of FIFA World Cup 2018 unraveled

The group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup ended and defending champions Germany were eliminated from the tournament. The football world is guaranteed to have a new champion. Here is a recap of how the round-robin stage went. Here are in-depth highlights of the group stage of FIFA World Cup 2018. Group A Teams:…

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June 29, 2018


Iceland head home from World Cup, heartbroken but unbowed

  Gallant Iceland headed home heartbroken but unbowed after a premature end to their first World Cup adventure, ruing what might have been after a narrow defeat by Croatia. Iceland caught the public imagination with their fairytale run to the quarter-finals at Euro 2016 in France and waltzed through qualifying for Russia, topping their group,…

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June 27, 2018


Musa’s double downs Iceland as Nigeria come alive

Ahmed Musa struck twice to become the first Nigerian to score at two World Cups Friday as the Super Eagles secured a crucial 2-0 win over Iceland, who missed a penalty. The African side will secure a spot in the knockout stage if they beat Argentina on Tuesday in Group D’s final round of fixtures….

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June 22, 2018


Messi misses penalty as Argentina held to 1-1 draw by Iceland

Tiny Iceland made a stunning first-ever World Cup appearance on Saturday when they held 2014 runners-up Argentina to a 1-1 draw in a dramatic match where Lionel Messi blew his chance to win it when he had a penalty saved by Hannes Por Halldorsson. Sergio Aguero had given the twice world champions the lead after 19 minutes of the…

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June 16, 2018


FIFA World Cup 2018: Messi to put heat on Iceland as France target Australia

Lionel Messi’s bid for World Cup redemption begins Saturday when he leads Argentina against an unfancied Iceland side intent on springing a surprise in their first appearance on football’s biggest stage. Messi’s eternal rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, made history on Friday, when he became only the fourth player to score at four World Cups on his…

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June 16, 2018


England, Portugal enjoy easy warm-up wins, Iceland held

England and Portugal enjoyed comfortable home wins in their final World Cup warm-up matches on Thursday, beating Costa Rica 2-0 and Algeria 3-0 respectively. South Korea were held to an unimpressive 0-0 draw against Bolivia while Iceland, the surprise packages of Euro 2016 who are looking to pull off more upsets in Russia, drew 2-2…

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June 8, 2018


World Cup 2018 factbox: Iceland

Facts on Iceland, who play in World Cup Group D: Country: Iceland Honours: none Past World Cup performance: First participation FIFA ranking: 22nd Main clubs: KR Reykjavik, Valur Nickname: “Strákarnir okkar” (“Our boys”) How they qualified: Finished top of UEFA qualifying Group I  Friendly matches scheduled:  – June 2 v Norway (Reykjavik) – June 7…

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May 30, 2018


Iceland bid to ban circumcision riles religious groups

NEWS DESK: A proposed ban in Iceland on male circumcision, in defence of the rights of babies and young boys, has sparked anger among leaders of the world’s three major religions, reported AFP. Should the ban go through, it would be a first in Europe, where male circumcision is rare outside the Jewish and Muslim…

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March 2, 2018


Iceland makes it illegal to pay men more than women

NEWS DESK: Iceland has become the first country in the world to make it illegal to pay men more than women, reported The Independent. Under the legislation, companies and government agencies with more than 25 employees will be required to obtain government certification for their equal-pay policies. Those failing to demonstrate pay equality will face…

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January 4, 2018


Iceland’s prime minister, named in Panama Papers controversy, wins re-election

NEWS DESK: Iceland’s conservative prime minister won a snap election despite a string of scandals, final results confirmed Sunday, but it remained unclear whether he could form a viable coalition, reported AFP. Bjarni Benediktsson, 47, was accused named last year in the “Panama Papers” worldwide tax-evasion leaks. He has also been accused of wrongdoing during…

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October 30, 2017


Iceland leans toward leftist government in latest vote count

REYKJAVIK: Icelanders, angry over a string of political scandals, ousted the center-right government in an election that could pave the way for a young charismatic opposition leader to form a left-leaning coalition, vote counts indicated on Sunday, reported Reuters. With the defeat of incumbent Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson’s coalition government likely, his main opponent, The…

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October 29, 2017


JIT members are being threatened: Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan has claimed that members of the joint investigation team (JIT) probing offshore wealth of Sharif family in Panamagate Case are being threatened, Samaa reported. Speaking to media on Thursday, the PTI chairman said that Panamagate Case were disclosures regarding the whole world. He said that the name of…

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July 6, 2017


Football: Iceland hungry for more of the ‘big stage’

  PARIS: Gylfi Sigurdsson has promised Iceland will not be content to bask in the glory of their Euro 2016 heroics having had a taste of the highs and lows of tournament football. The smallest nation ever to take part in the European championship with a population of just 330,000 stunned England to reach the…

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July 4, 2016


Football: France wary of giant-killers Iceland in Euro quarter-final

PARIS: Hosts France have their sights set on a place in the semi-finals of Euro 2016 but must be wary of falling victim to another Icelandic giant-killing when the teams clash on Sunday. Didier Deschamps’ side come into the last quarter-final at the Stade de France as the overwhelming favourites against a country with a…

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July 3, 2016


Football: Gritty minnows Iceland hold Ronaldo’s Portugal

SAINT-ETIENNE: Minnows Iceland earned a 1-1 draw with Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal on their European championship debut as the superstar forward failed to score as he equalled his country’s apparence record. A superb finish by Nani gave Portugal the lead before Iceland’s industrious midfielder Birkir Bjarnason levelled for the Scandinavians in Saint Etienne. Ronaldo equalled Luis…

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June 15, 2016


Climate Change: New CO2 storage method shows potential

  WASHINGTON: For the first time, scientists have successfully injected carbon dioxide (CO2) into volcanic basalt soil and changed it to a solid, offering a promising way to store underground the greenhouse gas linked to climate change. Scientists were able to pump carbon emissions into the earth and change the gas to a solid for…

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June 10, 2016


Iceland names new PM, to hold autumn election

REYKJAVIK, Iceland: Iceland’s right-wing government on Wednesday named a new prime minister and said it would hold early elections in the autumn, after the previous leader was forced to step down over his implication in the Panama Papers scandal. The two coalition partners, the Progressive Party and the Independence Party, agreed after talks late Wednesday…

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April 7, 2016


Thousands protest as Panama Papers put pressure on Iceland PM

Reykjavik, Iceland: Iceland’s prime minister is in the hot seat after the leaked “Panama Papers” sparked allegations that he and his wife used an offshore firm to hide million-dollar investments, with thousands taking to the streets demanding he quit. Huge crowds poured into the square outside parliament in Reykjavik late Monday calling for Sigmundur David…

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April 5, 2016