Sigurdsson stunners push Iceland past Scotland

Published: Monday 11 October 2010, 22.57CET
Scotland 1-2 Iceland (agg: 2-4)
Two wonderful second-half strikes from Gylfi Thor Sigurdsson sent Iceland to the finals for the first time in their history at Scotland's expense.
by Alex O'Henley
Sigurdsson stunners push Iceland past Scotland
Gylfi Thor Sigurdsson scored both goals as Iceland beat Scotland 2-1 again ©UEFA
 

Match statistics

ScotlandIceland

Goals scored1
 
2
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0
Attempts on target8
 
5
Attempts off target8
 
6
Corners5
 
5
Fouls committed12
 
11

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Published: Monday 11 October 2010, 22.57CET

Sigurdsson stunners push Iceland past Scotland

Scotland 1-2 Iceland (agg: 2-4)
Two wonderful second-half strikes from Gylfi Thor Sigurdsson sent Iceland to the finals for the first time in their history at Scotland's expense.

A second-half double from Gylfi Thor Sigurdsson helped Iceland progress to the UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals for the first time in their history.

Although Scotland dominated much of the game, the TSG 1899 Hoffenheim midfielder scored a vital away goal with 16 minutes remaining in Edinburgh. Chris Maguire levelled matters straight from the kick-off with a spectacular effort, before Sigurdsson completed a 4-2 aggregate victory for the Icelanders with an equally impressive drive ten minutes from time.

Scotland were unlucky not to take a 16th-minute lead on the night when Jamie Murphy latched on to a long ball from Paul Caddis before twisting past Hjörtur Valgardsson and firing against the post. Barry Bannan reacted first to the rebound but his goalbound effort was cleared off the line by Andrés Már Jóhannesson with the Aston Villa FC prospect's overhead kick then narrowly missing the target.

Billy Stark's side proceeded to hold sway throughout the first half although Rúrik Gíslason and Aron Einar Gunnarsson served notice of Iceland's prowess from distance with three long-range attempts that tested goalkeeper Alan Martin.

Visiting coach Eyjólfur Sverrisson made a double substitution at the break, introducing Alfred Finnbogason and Gudlaugur Pálsson, and the extra man in midfield made his team more compact. However, only a last-ditch block from Elfar Freyr Helgason prevented Maguire from breaking the deadlock nine minutes after the interval.

The game burst into life again when Sigurdsson curled a right-foot shot past Martin from just inside the area, yet straight from the kick-off Aberdeen FC forward Maguire saw goalkeeper Arnar Darri Pétursson off his line and lifted the ball over him from the halfway line to equalise on the night. For a moment a comeback seemed possible, only for Sigurdsson to put the tie beyond doubt with a thumping 30-metre strike.

Last updated: 12/10/10 16.31CET

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Lineup

Scotland

Scotland

Iceland

Iceland

1Alan Martin (GK)1Arnar Darri Pétursson (GK)
2Paul Caddis (C)2Hjörtur Valgardsson
Yellow Card43'
3Thomas Scobbie
Substitution83'
3Andrés Már Jóhannesson
Substitution46'
4Danny Wilson4Aron Gunnarsson
5Paul Hanlon5Eggert Gunnthór Jónsson
Yellow Card90+1'
6Paul Coutts6Elfar Freyr Helgason
7David Wotherspoon7Rúrik Gíslason
8Stephen McGinn
Substitution80'
8Bjarni Vidarsson (C)
9Christopher Maguire
Yellow Card56'
Goal75'
9Kolbeinn Sigthórsson
Substitution46'
10Jamie Murphy
Substitution87'
10Gylfi Thor Sigurdsson
Goal74'
Goal80'
11Barry Bannan11Johann Gudmundsson
Substitution85'

Substitutes

12Scott Gallacher (GK)12Óskar Pétursson (GK)
13Ross Perry13Almarr Ormarsson
14Jason Marr14Birkir Bjarnason
15David Goodwillie
Substitution80'
15Gudmundur Kristjánsson
Substitution85'
16Leigh Griffiths
Substitution83'
16Alfred Finnbogason
Substitution46'
17David Templeton
Substitution87'
Yellow Card89'
17Kristinn Steindórsson
18Thomas Cairney18Gudlaugur Pálsson
Substitution46'

Coach

William Stark (SCO) Eyjólfur Sverrisson (ISL)

Referee

Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Erik Bergsten (SWE), Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)

Fourth official

Magnus Ahlsèn (SWE)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution

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