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EURO 2016 qualifying roundup: Iceland and Czech Republic book tickets to the big dance

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Iceland players celebrate winning the match with a 1-0 score after the Euro 2016 qualifying soccer match between Netherlands and Iceland, at the ArenA stadium, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)


Iceland and Czech Republic join France and England as the four teams who have secured a spot in EURO 2016, which kicks off next June. Check out a quick recap of today’s action, with a host of matches still to be played Monday and Tuesday.

Iceland 0-0 Kazakhstan

A scoreless draw on a rainy night in Reykjavik was enough to earn Iceland a berth in the European Championship next summer. It will be Iceland’s first appearance in a major tournament, an amazing feat for the tiny island nation with a population of less than 350,000. Iceland boasts a stellar record of 6-1-1 in qualifying, sitting atop Group A with 19 points.

Latvia 1-2 Czech Republic

Czech Republic also booked a trip to France next June thanks to an away win against Latvia. Two goals within the opening 25 minutes gave Petr Cech’s side a comfortable lead, but they were forced to hold on after a late surge from Latvia. Czech Republic also has 19 points through eight matches, sitting behind Iceland in Group A on goal differential.

[ RELATED: Netherlands continue nosedive with 3-0 loss in Turkey, sit out of qualifying position ]

Cyprus 0-1 Belgium

In Group B, Wales would have earned qualification had Belgium drawn or lost, but that wasn’t the case as Chelsea’s Eden Hazard tallied late to lead his country to a 1-0 win. It wasn’t a great performance from a Belgian side loaded with talent, but they now will almost certainly earn qualification in their next match against Andorra, a team with eight losses through eight matches.

Elsewhere in EURO 2016 qualifying

Group A

Turkey 3-0 Netherlands

Group B

Wales 0-0 Israel Bosnia & Herzegovina 3-0 Andorra

Group H

Italy 1-0 Bulgaria Norway 2-0 Croatia Malta 2-2 Azerbaijan