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Gudmundsson gives Iceland hope

Published: Saturday 7 June 2003, 17.00CET
Iceland 2-1 Faroe Islands A last-gasp header from Tryggvi Gudmundsson gives the hosts a crucial win.

Match statistics

IcelandFaroe Islands

Goals scored2
 
1
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

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Published: Saturday 7 June 2003, 17.00CET

Gudmundsson gives Iceland hope

Iceland 2-1 Faroe Islands A last-gasp header from Tryggvi Gudmundsson gives the hosts a crucial win.

An 89th-minute header from substitute Tryggvi Gudmundsson gave Iceland a 2-1 win against Faroe Islands at the Laugardalsvöllur stadium in Reykjavik and kept alive their hopes of qualifying for UEFA EURO 2004™.

Iceland closing in
The win moved Iceland within two points of the top of the group, following Scotland and Germany's 1-1 draw earlier on Saturday. Iceland currently lie in fourth place in Group 5 with six points from four matches, and visit the side immediately above them, Lithuania, on Wednesday. Faroe Islands, bottom of the section with one point from four matches, are at home to group leaders Germany on the same night.

Sigurdsson strikes
Iceland were in control throughout the first half but were unable to break through until four minutes after half-time, when Eidur Gudjohnsen's free-kick from just outside the penalty area rebounded back off the crossbar and striker Helgi Sigurdsson was on hand to score with goalkeeper Jákup Mikkelsen helpless.

Unexpected equaliser
However, the away side drew level two minutes past the hour with their only real goalscoring chance of the match, as Rógvi Jacobsen rose highest to head a Jákub á Borg free-kick beyond Árni Gautur Arason and into the net.

Late winner
The home team pressed forward in search of three vital points, but were denied by some spectacular saves from Mikkelsen, and it seemed the match would end all square. However, a minute from time, Gudmundsson met Thordur Gudjónsson's right-wing cross with a powerful header and sent the ball into the top left-hand corner of the net to earn his side victory.

'We had to wait'
After the game Iceland coach Asgeir Sigurvinsson was delighted to have snatched three points. "I'm very pleased with the victory even though we had to wait," he said. "We used the wings well and made lots of chances. We should have controlled the game more but many of our players play in England and are not in the best shape at the moment [as the season has just ended]."

Larsen disappointment
In sharp contrast, Faroe Islands coach Henrik Larsen was extremely disappointed. "I think we deserved to win," he said. "We had difficulty playing our short passing game. I was very pleased with how we played in the second half."

Last updated: 07/06/03 21.52CET

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Lineups

Iceland

Iceland

Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands

1
ArasonÁrni Arason
1
J. MikkelsenJákup Mikkelsen
2
I. SigurdssonIndridi Sigurdsson
Substitution76
2
C. JacobsenChristian Jacobsen
3
VidarssonArnar Vidarsson
3
Jóhannis JoensenJóhannis Joensen
Yellow Card44
4
Larus SigurdssonLarus Sigurdsson
4
S. OlsenSúni Olsen
5
HreidarssonHermann Hreidarsson
5
J. JacobsenJón Jacobsen
6
KristinssonRunar Kristinsson
6
PetersenJann Ingi Petersen
Yellow Card5
Substitution62
7
BergssonGudni Bergsson
7
BenjaminsenFródi Benjaminsen
8
GudjónssonJóhannes Gudjónsson
Yellow Card53
8
Róg. JacobsenRógvi Jacobsen
Goal63
9
GudjohnsenEidur Gudjohnsen
9
BorgJákup Borg
10
T. GudjónssonThordur Gudjónsson
10
John PetersenJohn Petersen
11
H. SigurdssonHelgi Sigurdsson
Goal51
Substitution76
11
FløtumAndrew Fløtum
Yellow Card55
Substitution65

Substitutes

12
KristinssonBirkir Kristinsson
16
KnudsenJens Knudsen
15
GretarssonArnar Gretarsson
Substitution76
12
JohnssonJulian Johnsson
Substitution62
16
T. GudmundssonTryggvi Gudmundsson
Substitution76
Goal90+2
14
ElttørHjalgrím Elttør
Substitution65
13
IngimarssonIvar Ingimarsson
13
Joh. HansenJohan Hansen
14
B. GunnarssonBrynjar Gunnarsson
15
LakjuniHedin á Lakjuni
17
GudnasonHaukur Ingi Gudnason
17
DanielsenAtli Danielsen
18
BaldvinssonMarel Baldvinsson
18
J. FredriksbergJónhard Fredriksberg

Coach

Henrik Larsen (DEN)

Referee

Miroslav Liba (CZE)

Assistant referees

Evzen Amler (CZE), Petr Kasny (CZE)

Fourth official

Josef Dvoracek (CZE)

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