Turkey beat Iceland to secure Euro 2016 spot

Turkey secure automatic qualification for Euro 2016 after finishing as strongest third-placed team in qualifying group stage

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Turkey's Selcuk Inan (3R) celebrates scoring with team mates during their Euro 2016 Group A qualification soccer match against Iceland in Konya, Turkey, October 13, 2015.

Updated Oct 14, 2015

Turkey snatched automatic qualification for Euro 2016 as the best third-placed team with a last-gasp goal to secure a 1-0 win at home to Iceland thanks to Selcuk Inan's free-kick on Tuesday.

The Turks, who finished with 10 men after midfielder Gokhan Tore was shown a straight red card after 77 minutes for a shocking challenge on Jon Dadi Bödvarsson, had to wait until the 89th minute for Inan to score from 25 metres.

Iceland, having already won a place at next year's finals in France, failed to cause the Turkey defence much trouble and finished second in the group behind the Czech Republic.