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Turkey qualifies for UEFA Euro 2016 finals in France with 1-0 victory over Iceland

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Turkey's Serdar Aziz, right, and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson of Iceland battle for the ball during their Euro 2016 Group A qualifying match between Turkey and Iceland at the Buyuksehir Torku Arena Stadium in Konya, Turkey, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. (AP Photo)
Turkey's Serdar Aziz, right, and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson of Iceland battle for the ball during their Euro 2016 Group A qualifying match between Turkey and Iceland at the Buyuksehir Torku Arena Stadium in Konya, Turkey, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. (AP Photo)

Turkey qualified as best third-placed side after a last gasp 1-0 win over Iceland on Tuesday.

Turkey's Selçuk İnan curled in an 89th-minute free-kick for victory over Iceland to send the Turks to France as best third-placed team.

Turks avoided the play-offs and qualified as the best third-placed team after Kazakhstan also defeated Latvia to finish in fifth position right above Latvia .

Turkey finished behind the Czech Republic and Iceland in Group A but above the Dutch, who needed a win and a Turkey defeat to qualify.

With the final group matches, 20 teams have qualified for the tournament in France next year - hosts France, title holders Spain, England, Italy, Belgium, Iceland, Austria, Portugal, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Wales, Northern Ireland, Germany, Poland, Albania, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Croatia and Turkey.

Next month's play-offs will decide the remaining four places for which Sweden, Slovenia, Ukraine, Denmark, Ireland, Norway, Hungary and Bosnia-Herzegovina will compete for. The draw for the play-offs is on Sunday.

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