In-form Iceland reeling in pacesetters

Published: Tuesday 13 October 2009, 11.45CET
Iceland 2-1 Northern Ireland
The home side closed to within three points of Group 5 leaders the Czech Republic by winning a third consecutive qualifier in Grindavik.
by Stefán Stefánsson
In-form Iceland reeling in pacesetters
Iceland have nine points from their four qualifiers ©Getty Images

Match statistics

IcelandNorthern Ireland

Goals scored2
 
1
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0
Goal attempts12
 
13
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners8
 
4
Fouls committed14
 
16

Matches

Published: Tuesday 13 October 2009, 11.45CET

In-form Iceland reeling in pacesetters

Iceland 2-1 Northern Ireland
The home side closed to within three points of Group 5 leaders the Czech Republic by winning a third consecutive qualifier in Grindavik.

Iceland closed to within three points of the Group 5 summit by defeating Northern Ireland 2-1 in Grindavik.

Prolific hosts
Having lost their opening qualifier to the Czech Republic, who lead the section with a perfect record from four matches, Iceland have since won three times. The latest success tonight was achieved thanks to second-half efforts from Jóhann Gudmundsson and Jósef Kristinn Jósefsson, with James Lawrie setting up a tense finale after replying in the 80th minute for the visitors.

Gudmundsson streak
Gudmundsson, who scored a hat-trick against San Marino, broke the deadlock on 56 minutes from Andrés Már Jóhannsson's cross before Jósefsson doubled the advantage 14 minutes later, firing in from a narrow angle after more fine work from Jóhannsson. Jósefsson blocked a Billy Kee effort on the goalline as the visitors upped the tempo, and they were rewarded when Lawrie turned the ball in after Haraldur Björnsson had parried a Joshua Magennis drive.

Stand-in boss
Yet that was as good as it got for stand-in Northern Ireland manager Alfie Wylie – regular incumbent Steve Beaglehole is with the Under-19 side in Bosnia-Herzegovina – leaving the team still searching for their first points in the group.

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Last updated: 13/10/09 20.20CET

Related information

Team profiles

Lineup

Iceland

Iceland

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

1Haraldur Björnsson (GK)1Sean O'Neill (GK)
2Jón Gudni Fjóluson2Adam Chapman
3Elfar Freyr Helgason3Joe Dudgeon
4Hjörtur Valgardsson
Substitution65'
4Corry Evans
Yellow Card86'
5Almarr Ormarsson (C)5Craig Cathcart (C)
6Andrés Már Jóhannesson
Yellow Card87'
Substitution89'
6Jonathan Flynn
7Skúli Jón Fridgeirsson
Yellow Card68'
7James Lawrie
Yellow Card20'
Goal80'
8Gylfi Thor Sigurdsson
Yellow Card18'
8Billy Kee
9Alfred Finnbogason
Substitution59'
9Josh Magennis
10Gudmundur Kristjánsson10Josh McQuoid
Substitution68'
11Johann Gudmundsson
Goal56'
11James McClean

Substitutes

12Óskar Pétursson (GK)12Niall Morgan (GK)
13Jósef Kristinn Jósefsson
Substitution65'
Goal70'
13Sean McCashin
14Kolbeinn Sigthórsson
Substitution59'
14Christopher Ramsay
15Kristinn Steindórsson
Substitution89'
15Lee Colligan
16Johann Laxdal16William McKay
Substitution68'
17Michael Bryan
18Sammy Stewart

Coach

Eyjólfur Sverrisson (ISL) Alfie Wylie (NIR)

Referee

Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)

Assistant referees

Alain Hoxha (AUT), Andreas Staudinger (AUT)

Fourth official

Alexander Harkam (AUT)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

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