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Stjarnan stun FH to win Icelandic title at the death

Published: Saturday 4 October 2014, 22.51CET
Coach Rúnar Páll Sigmundsson said Stjarnan's UEFA Europa League run had shown his side what they could achieve after they clinched their first title in dramatic fashion.
by Stefán Stefánsson
from Reykjavik
Stjarnan stun FH to win Icelandic title at the death
Stjarnan celebrate after being crowned 2014 Icelandic champions ©Egill&Bjarni

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Published: Saturday 4 October 2014, 22.51CET

Stjarnan stun FH to win Icelandic title at the death

Coach Rúnar Páll Sigmundsson said Stjarnan's UEFA Europa League run had shown his side what they could achieve after they clinched their first title in dramatic fashion.

Stjarnan claim their first title on last day of Icelandic Premier League season
Ólafur Karl Finsen keeps cool to convert 92nd-minute winner in dramatic finale
The visitors triumph 2-1 at a Hafnarfjördur team that started the day top
Stjarnan have captain Veigar Páll Gunnarsson sent off before the hour
Coach Rúnar Páll Sigmundsson says European campaign opened their eyes

Stjarnan are Icelandic champions for the first time after overcoming FH Hafnarfjördur in a thrilling end to the season, despite playing the last 31 minutes with ten men.

Knowing only a win would do, the game looked up for the visitors when, not long after skipper Veigar Páll Gunnarsson was red carded, Steve Lennen cancelled out Ólafur Karl Finsen's first-half strike. FH, who began the day top of the table, were soon under great pressure in a packed stadium, but they resisted and at the death they won a penalty. With the whole season riding on it, Finsen kept his cool to earn a famous win.

"Even when we went a man down my belief we would step up was stronger than ever," Finsen said. "This season was perfect, apart from the cup but then if that had continued it would have impacted on our European adventure so that was alright. European participation was great for us, to play against big clubs with world class players you automatically step up and that improved us."

©Eva Björk

Stjarnan celebrate during their European run

Stjarnan battled through to the UEFA Europa League play-offs before coming up against the might of FC Internazionale Milano and bowing out with head held high and praise from the government. On Saturday they eclipsed even that, a remarkable achievement for a team that were hanging grimly onto second division status only eight years ago. They have made steady progress ever since, though, finishing Icelandic Cup runners-up in 2012 and 2013.

"This has been an unbelievable summer whichever way you look at it," coach Rúnar Páll Sigmundsson said. "Participation in UEFA competition helped us a lot. We had no idea what we were going into, met some good teams and got some good results which opened our eyes. We saw we could do good things, our confidence grew and that brought us the title today. Almost all of our players will stay on so we expect to carry on."

Stjarnan, who ended the season unbeaten, pipped FH by a point.

Last updated: 05/10/14 0.16CET

Results

Icelandic Premier League 2014

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 29/01/2015 16:10 CET

04/10/2014

FHFH1-2StjarnanStjarnan

Lennon 64

Finsen 40, 90+2 (P)

Venue: Hafnarfjördur

04/10/2014

BreidablikBreidablik3-0ValurValur

Lydsson 67 (P), 90, Hreinsson 90

Venue: Breidablik

04/10/2014

FjölnirFjölnir3-0ÍBVÍBV

Gudjonsson 9, Ólafsson 53, Leósson 69

Venue: Reykjavik

04/10/2014

FramFram4-3FylkirFylkir

A. Bjarnason 31, Atlason 43, Hafsteinsson 63, 81

Ingason 21, Sousa 38, Arnthórsson 54

Venue: Reykjavik

04/10/2014

KRKR4-1ThórThór

Martin 17 (P), 45, 76 (P), Ormarsson 72

Hannesson 3

Venue: Reykjavik

04/10/2014

KeflavíkKeflavík2-0Víkingur R.Víkingur R.

Omarsson 2, Sveinsson 35

Venue: Keflavik

Standings

Last updated: 29/01/2015 16:10 CET

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