Tottenham midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson scored both goals to down Slovenia and keep Iceland's hopes of FIFA World Cup qualification alive. Sigurdsson struck the winner in the 78th minute with a right-foot shot from the centre of the penalty box after being played in by former Chelsea veteran Eidur Gudjohnsen.

Gudjohnsen, 34, had been on the pitch just two minutes after coming off the bench to replace Emil Hallfredsson. The three points take Iceland on to nine in Group E and they were a just reward for their perseverance after a niggly match littered with fouls.

Milivoje Novakovic, Slovenia's 33-year-old spearhead who plies his trade in Japan's J.League with Omiya Ardija, had put the hosts ahead in the first half. Novakovic sent a left-foot shot from the right side of the box sailing into the top left corner.

Sigurdsson, however, demonstrated his reputation as a dead-ball specialist when he blasted a superb right-footed free kick into the top corner for a 55th-minute equaliser after Birkir Bjarnason had been fouled on the edge of the penalty area.

Sigurdsson struck the winner in the 78th minute with a right-foot shot from the centre of the penalty box after being played in by former Chelsea veteran Eidur Gudjohnsen. Slovenia pressed for the winner in a hectic second half, forcing a string of corners, but they could not make their territorial dominance pay.

Instead it was Iceland who took advantage with Sigurdsson's winner 12 minutes from full-time. As a result, Slovenia remain on three points with just one win from their five matches.