Hólmbert Aron Fridjónsson opened his international goal account with a second-half penalty as Iceland ended their training camp in Florida with a 1-1 draw against Canada. The European side edged a 2-1 win on Friday but the man who scored Canada's consolation, unattached 36-year-old Dwayne De Rosario, was again on target as a youthful Iceland side fell behind to a spot kick. Fridjónsson, 21, earned a share of the spoils.
"We know a tough game awaits us. We know the Czechs are ready to come at us, but we are ready to respond," said Iceland captain Aron Gunnarsson during his team's press conference in Plzen.
"I see it at all our training sessions: everybody is focused and there is a high tempo and quality. Hopefully we will have a great game."
Meanwhile, coach Lars Lagerbäck confirmed that his squad is fully fit to face the Czech Republic, before shining the spotlight on his opposite number, Pavel Vrba. "I have to praise coach Vrba for what he has managed to achieve in such a short space of time; the composition of his team is very clever.
"He has formed a team of players he knows from his time at Plzeň and Sparta. They know each other and follow the tactics, and that's reflected in their performances."
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