2016 European Championship Qualifying, Group Stage 2016
  • Eidur Gudjohnsen (20')
  • Birkir Bjarnason (33', 90'+1')

Eidur Gudjohnsen scores in return as Iceland win in Kazakhstan

Eidur Gudjohnsen celebrated his return from international retirement by setting Iceland on their way to a 3-0 win over Kazakhstan in European Championship qualifying group A.

The Bolton striker opened the scoring before Birkir Bjarnason's double completed a comfortable win.

Victory ensured Iceland remained second in the table behind the Czech Republic, and ahead of World Cup semi-finalists Holland.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson saw a long-range shot saved and Gafurzhan Suyumbayev responded in kind for Kazakhstan.

Gylfi Sigurdsson's effort was blocked by Renat Abdulin before Vladimir Loginovskiy, twice, and Bauyrzhan Islamkhan threatened for Kazakhstan.

But the breakthrough came 20 minutes in when 36-year-old Gudjohnsen scored his first goal for his country since 2009, latching on to Gudmundsson's pass and finishing clinically.

Kari Arnason headed Sigurdsson's corner wide and Gudmundsson was also off target, but Bjarnason made it 2-0 when he was left unmarked to head in Sigurdsson's free-kick.

Arnason again failed to find the target and Aron Gunnarsson went close, while Islamkhan threatened Hannes Thor Halldorsson's goal just before half-time.

Andrei Sidelnikov saved from Gudmundsson before Kazakhstan threatened to get back in the game.

Askhat Tagybergen shot wide from 25 yards before Abdulin headed Islamkhan's free-kick against a post in the 62nd minute.

Gudmundsson twice shot wide before seeing a free-kick saved by Sidelnikov, who then fielded substitute Alfred Finnbogason's effort.

The third goal did arrive in stoppage time, though, as Bjarnason's shot deflected off Ermek Kuantayev and left Sidelnikov helpless.