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Iceland hopes back on track

Published: Wednesday 16 October 2002, 20.20CET
Iceland 3-0 Lithuania Convincing home win boosts Iceland's flagging spirits.

Match statistics

IcelandLithuania

Goals scored3
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
0
Red cards0
1

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:56 CET

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Published: Wednesday 16 October 2002, 20.20CET

Iceland hopes back on track

Iceland 3-0 Lithuania Convincing home win boosts Iceland's flagging spirits.

Iceland bounced back from their defeat against Scotland on Saturday with a convincing 3-0 win over EURO 2004™ Group 5 rivals Lithuania tonight.

Gudjohnsen double
The victory handed Iceland their first points of the qualifying campaign, as a double strike from Chelsea FC striker Eidur Gudjohnsen and another goal from Heidar Helguson sealed the win.

Confident start
Lithuania started confidently and had the first chance of the match in the 13th minute, but defender Dainius Gleveckes blasted over following a corner. It took the home side six minutes to respond to the early scare with a powerful attack, Gudjohnsen coming close with a long-range shot which was saved well by Lithuanian goalkeeper Gintaras Stauce.

Turning point
The decisive moment of the match came after 21 minutes when Lithuania's Deividas Cesnauskis was sent off for an altercation with Arnar Vidarsson. Iceland dominated possession for the remainder of the half but could not create a clear scoring chance before the interval.

Helguson opener
Bjarni Gudjonsson sent his 25-metre effort narrowly wide of Stauce's post after 45 minutes of the second period, before Helguson opened the scoring in the 50th minute. Gudjonsson's foray down the right flank produced a delicious cross and Helguson rose highest to head into the near corner.

Penalty miss
Gudjohnsen doubled Iceland's advantage on the hour with a clinical finish, before he struck again 16 minutes from time, skipping past two defenders before blasting the ball into the far corner from the edge of the penalty area. Gudjohnsen could even have completed a hat-trick in the final minute but blasted well over from the penalty spot.

Last updated: 17/10/02 1.03CET

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Lineups

Iceland

Iceland

Lithuania

Lithuania

1
ArasonÁrni Arason
1
StauceGintaras Stauce
2
ThorsteinssonBjarni Thorsteinsson
Substitution38
2
SkerlaAndrius Skerla
3
VidarssonArnar Vidarsson
Yellow Card25
3
DziaukstasRolandas Dziaukstas
4
GudjónssonJóhannes Gudjónsson
Substitution80
4
GleveckasDainius Gleveckas
5
B. GunnarssonBrynjar Gunnarsson
5
StankevičiusMarius Stankevičius
7
HreidarssonHermann Hreidarsson (C)
6
D. ČesnauskisDeividas Česnauskis
Red Card21
8
IngimarssonIvar Ingimarsson
7
BarasaNerijus Barasa
9
GudjohnsenEidur Gudjohnsen
Goal61
Goal74
8
MikalajunasSaulius Mikalajunas (C)
10
H. HelgusonHeidar Helguson
Goal50
9
FomenkoArturas Fomenko
11
GudnasonHaukur Ingi Gudnason
10
RažanauskasTomas Ražanauskas
14
StígssonÓlafur Stígsson
Yellow Card24
Substitution66
11
PoškusRobertas Poškus

Substitutes

12
KristinssonBirkir Kristinsson
12
KarčemarskasŽydrūnas Karčemarskas
13
Gylfi EinarssonGylfi Einarsson
Substitution66
13
KavaliauskasVitalijus Kavaliauskas
16
H. SigurdssonHelgi Sigurdsson
Substitution80
14
GardzijauskasMindaugas Gardzijauskas
17
B. GudjónssonBjarni Gudjónsson
Substitution38
Yellow Card40
15
DeduraIgnas Dedura
15
BjarnasonÓlafur Örn Bjarnason
16
PetreikisAndrius Petreikis
18
BaldvinssonMarel Baldvinsson
17
RadzinevičiusTomas Radzinevičius
18
MiceikaDarius Miceika

Coach

Benjaminas Zelkevicius (LTU)

Referee

Grzegorz Gilewski (POL)

Assistant referees

Maciej Wierzbowski (POL), Slawomir Stempniewski (POL)

Fourth official

Robert Werder (POL)

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