Euro 2016: How tiny Iceland slays the giants

Euro 2016: How tiny Iceland slays the giants

Although Iceland's national stadium seats just 15,000, it was less than half full for the start of the country's European Championship qualifying campaign against Turkey on September 9, 2014. But the 7,000 spectators that did turn up at the Laugardalsvöllur — a one-tiered relic built in 1958 with nothing but cold Icelandic air swirling behind the goals — were treated to the result of their lives, literally. As striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson scored a breakaway goal in the 78th minute to give the Nordics a 3-0 lead, belief became infectious, and the impossible suddenly became reality.

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