Switzerland held 4-4 by thrilling Iceland comeback
BERN, Switzerland (AP) - Iceland winger Johann Gudmundsson completed a stunning hat trick in stoppage time to slow Switzerland's apparent march toward the World Cup by securing a 4-4 draw on Friday.
Switzerland was coasting when Blerim Dzemaili's 54th-minute penalty made the score 4-1, canceling out Gudmundsson's sharply taken third-minute strike.
But Iceland fought back through Kolbeinn Sigthorsson in the 56th and another crisp, left-foot shot by Gudmundsson in the 68th.
The 22-year-old Gudmundsson saved his best for last, curling a third left-foot shot high past Swiss goalkeeper Diego Benaglio.
Switzerland still leads the group by four points with three matches remaining because Albania lost 1-0 in Slovenia.
Norway moved into second place by beating Cyprus 2-0 in Oslo, where it hosts Switzerland on Tuesday.
Switzerland had conceded only one goal and never trailed in this qualifying program before early in Friday's match at Stade de Suisse.
Gudmundsson, a former Chelsea youth player, darted across left-back Ricardo Rodriguez and rapped a rising shot out of Benaglio's reach.
Swiss right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner leveled in the 15th, soaring in the goalmouth to score with a glancing header.
Another defender, Fabian Schaer, played attacker to pounce on a loose ball in the 27th after `keeper Hannes Halldorsson parried Haris Seferovic's shot.
Three minutes later, Lichtsteiner surged forward to take a reverse pass from Xherdan Shaqiri and score with a low shot from 16 meters (yards).
The Swiss appeared rampant and Seferovic twice went close with shots before Valentin Stocker earned a penalty which the impressive Dzemaili converted.
Still, the comeback was on when Sigthorsson muscled past Schaer to beat Benaglio one-on-one, and Gudmundsson again outwitted Rodriguez to score.
With both sides committed to attack, a late goal seemed likely and Gudmundsson delivered in style seconds into the two minutes of additional time.
Norway earned the chance to pressure the Swiss on Tuesday, easing past Cyprus with goals in each half.
Tarik El Younoussi scored in the 43th with a close-range header in an aerial scramble following a corner. Former Manchester United trainee Joshua King placed his right-foot shot low into the far corner in the 66th.
Albania created few chances in Slovenia, which took all three points from Kevin Kampl's curling shot from distance in the 19th.
Slovenia, which played at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, stays in fifth place trailing six points behind Switzerland.
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