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Friday, September 4, 2015

Iceland Men's National Soccer Team News

September 3, 2015 - Gylfi Sigurdsson scores in win over Netherlands
"Group A leaders Iceland took a decisive step towards UEFA EURO 2016 after beating a ten-man Netherlands team 1-0 in Amsterdam courtesy of Gylfi Sigurdsson's second-half spot kick. After the Oranje had gradually wrested the initiative in a vital match for both teams, disaster struck for debutant coach Danny Blind, first as captain Arjen Robben limped off, and then two minutes later when Bruno Martins Indi was dismissed. Sigurdsson's penalty six minutes into the second half clinched victory for the Nordic visitors, now eight points clear of the Dutch in third position with three games to play." - UEFA

June 12, 2015 - Aron Gunnarsson & Kolbeinn Sigthorsson score in win over Czech Republic
"Second-half goals from Aron Gunnarsson and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson ensured that Iceland came from a goal behind to beat the Czech Republic 2-1 in their Euro 2016 qualifying clash this evening.... Czech Republic came out of the blocks quickest in the second period and they went ahead after 55 minutes when Tomas Necid picked out Borek Dockal, who thundered home a memorable effort into the top-left corner from outside of the box. Iceland had not given up hope, however, as Gunnarsson powered a header into the bottom-left corner from a Ari Freyr Skulason corner to pull the hosts level just five minutes later. The home side completed a remarkable turnaround in the 76th minute when Sigthorsson struck neatly with his left past a helpless Cech to give Iceland a crucial three points." - Sports Mole

March 28, 2015 - Birkir Bjarnason scores brace in win over Kazakhstan
"Eidur Gudjohnsen celebrated his return from international retirement by setting Iceland on their way to a 3-0 win over Kazakhstan in European Championship qualifying group A. The Bolton striker opened the scoring before Birkir Bjarnason's double completed a comfortable win.... the breakthrough came 20 minutes in when 36-year-old Gudjohnsen scored his first goal for his country since 2009, latching on to Gudmundsson's pass and finishing clinically. Kari Arnason headed Sigurdsson's corner wide and Gudmundsson was also off target, but Bjarnason made it 2-0 when he was left unmarked to head in Sigurdsson's free-kick.... The third goal did arrive in stoppage time, though, as Bjarnason's shot deflected off Ermek Kuantayev and left Sidelnikov helpless." - ESPN

January 19, 2015 - Holmbert Fridjonsson scores equalizer in draw with Canada
"After falling 2-1 to the Europeans in a friendly, also in Orlando, on Friday, Canada met Iceland once again on Monday, trading penalty kicks from Dwayne De Rosario and Holmbert Fridjonsson for a 1-1 draw at the University of Central Florida. Both countries featured largely inexperienced sides for the non-FIFA date friendly, though De Rosario, who scored in the previous friendly, started the match up top, and he seemed to help Les Rouges find the rhythm that eluded them on Friday.... It was Canada’s turn to concede a spot kick in the 64th minute, as defender Manjrekar James clattered into Icelandic attacker Matthías Vilhjálmsson in the area. Fridjonsson stepped up to slot home the penalty for Iceland and level the score at 1-1." - MLS

January 16, 2015 - Kristinn Steindorsson & Matthias Vihjalmsson score in win over Canada
"Matthias Vihjalmsson scored the eventual winner in the 42nd minute to give Iceland a 2-1 victory over Canada in a men’s national soccer friendly on Friday. Kristinn Steindorsson scored six minutes into the match and starting goalkeeper Hannes Thor Halldorsson held the Canadians scoreless in the first half. Ingvar Jonsson stopped two-of-three shots in the second half. Canada’s all-time leading scorer Dwayne De Rosario had the Canadians’ lone goal in the 70th minute." - Sportsnet

October 13, 2014 - Gylfi Sigurdsson scores brace in upset win over Netherlands
Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson scored both goals Monday as Iceland pulled off a shock 2-0 defeat of the Netherlands in a European Championship qualifier to hand new coach Guus Hiddink his third loss in four matches since taking over after the World Cup. It was Iceland's first ever victory over the Netherlands in 11 meetings.... Sigurdsson scored twice before the break. He fired home from the spot in the 10th minute after Stefan de Vrij had brought down Birkir Bjarnason and volleyed powerfully into the roof of the net in the 42nd after the Dutch defense failed to clear a corner." - Sacramento Bee
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October 10, 2014 - Sigurdsson, Gunnarsson and Gíslason score in win over Latvia
"Iceland claimed a second straight 3-0 success in Group A against ten men, this time Latvia's in Riga, courtesy of three second-half strikes.... Gylfi Sigurdsson's second goal in as many outings and further strikes from Aron Gunnarsson and Rúrik Gíslason sealed the win.... Marians Pahars' team's chances of holding out were undermined early in the second half by Rudņevs 55th-minute dismissal for a second bookable offence. Eleven minutes later, Sigurdsson struck the opener as Latvia's resistance was broken. Gunnarsson nodded home a second before the Baltic side tried to respond, Kaspars Gorkšs 84th-minute goal-bound effort being headed off the line. Viktors Morozs also threatened with a free-kick – only for Iceland to grab a third through substitute Gíslason." - UEFA

September 9, 2014 - Bodvarsson, Sigurdsson & Sigthorsson score in win over Turkey
"Iceland started their bid to reach Euro 2016 in superb fashion with a 3-0 Group A win over a 10-man Turkey in Reykjavik.The Nordic nation have never qualified for a major tournament but only missed out on reaching the 2014 World Cup in the play-offs against Croatia. Turkey goalkeeper Onur Kivrak struggled throughout Tuesday's match and it was his error that allowed Jon Dadi Bodvarsson to head Iceland into a deserved 18th-minute lead.... And after Burak Yilmaz spurned a great chance to equalise for Turkey, Kivrak tipped Gylfi Sigurdsson's 25-yard effort onto the post but saw the ball bounce and spin over the line. Ajax striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson wrapped up the win with a 77th-minute strike as Iceland – who have risen from 131st to 46th in the FIFA rankings over the last two-and-a-half years – made an excellent start to their qualifying campaign." - Sportal

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