Iceland leave holders Germany reeling

Published: Tuesday 2 March 2010, 22.07CET
Germany 2-2 Iceland
Germany's hopes of defending their U21 title in Denmark next year hang in the balance after being held at home by Iceland.
Iceland leave holders Germany reeling
Germany's André Schürrle shows his disappointment during the draw against Iceland ©Getty Images

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GermanyIceland

Goals scored2
 
2
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0
Goal attempts22
 
9
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners3
 
3
Fouls committed14
 
20

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Published: Tuesday 2 March 2010, 22.07CET

Iceland leave holders Germany reeling

Germany 2-2 Iceland
Germany's hopes of defending their U21 title in Denmark next year hang in the balance after being held at home by Iceland.

Holders Germany's hopes of reaching the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals hang in the balance after being held to a 2-2 draw by Iceland at the Magdeburg Stadium.

The 2009 champions twice led through goals from Timo Gebhart and Julian Schieber, but were pegged back by an Iceland side with real aspirations of qualifying for the finals for the first time.

Germany looked on course to narrow the gap on Group 5 leaders the Czech Republic when Gebhart headed in Felix Bastians' cross ten minutes in. The lead, however, was shortlived as only three minutes later Birkir Bjarnason dispossesed FC Bayern München defender Holger Badstuber and set up Kolbeinn Siegthórsson to score.

Germany regained the lead five minutes after the break when Schieber fired in from close range after Gebhart's initial strike had been blocked. Iceland had come into the game second in the section and as the competition's leading scorers. They proved why when Bjarni Vidarsson equalised for a second time with 13 minutes to play.

With the defence of their trophy on the line, Gebhart had a shot deflected on to the post then another blocked on the line in the final minute. Germany could not, however, find a way through leaving them third in the section on eight points from five games, seven behind the Czech Republic with Iceland second, just two points off top spot though they have played a game more.

Last updated: 02/03/10 22.30CET

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Germany

Germany

Iceland

Iceland

12Sven Ulreich (GK)1Haraldur Björnsson (GK)
2Daniel Schwaab
Yellow Card45+1'
2Jón Gudni Fjóluson
3Stefan Reinartz3Hólmar Örn Eyjólfsson
4Benedikt Höwedes (C)4Jósef Kristinn Jósefsson
5Felix Bastians5Eggert Gunnthór Jónsson
Yellow Card49'
8André Schürrle
Substitution46'
6Birkir Bjarnason
Substitution84'
9Julian Schieber
Goal50'
Substitution85'
7Skúli Jón Fridgeirsson
13Timo Gebhart
Goal10'
Yellow Card90+3'
8Bjarni Vidarsson (C)
Goal77'
16Sebastian Rudy
Yellow Card84'
Substitution85'
9Kolbeinn Sigthórsson
Goal13'
18Sidney Sam10Andrés Már Jóhannesson
Substitution51'
28Holger Badstuber11Johann Gudmundsson
Substitution90+3'

Substitutes

1Tobias Sippel (GK)12Óskar Pétursson (GK)
6Dennis Diekmeier13Kristinn Jónsson
11Eric Choupo-Moting
Substitution85'
14Gudmundur Kristjánsson
Substitution84'
Yellow Card89'
14Richard Sukuta-Pasu
Substitution46'
15Almarr Ormarsson
Substitution51'
20Lewis Holtby
Substitution85'
16Alfred Finnbogason
29Marcel Schmelzer17Elfar Freyr Helgason
Substitution90+3'
35Christoph Moritz

Coach

Rainer Adrion (GER) Eyjölfur Sverrisson (ISL)

Referee

Georgios Daloukas (GRE)

Assistant referees

Dimitrios Saraidaris (GRE), Christos Gennaios (GRE)

Fourth official

Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)

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