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Iceland keep dream alive

Published: Wednesday 11 June 2003, 18.21CET
Lithuania 0-3 Iceland Convincing away victory lifts Iceland to second place in Group 5.

Match statistics

LithuaniaIceland

Goals scored0
3
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards1
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Wednesday 11 June 2003, 18.21CET

Iceland keep dream alive

Lithuania 0-3 Iceland Convincing away victory lifts Iceland to second place in Group 5.

Iceland kept their hopes of reaching the UEFA EURO 2004™ finals alive with a convincing 3-0 away victory against Group 5 rivals Lithuania in Kaunas.

Top spot
Atli Edvaldsson's side produced a stunning second-half display to overwhelm their hosts and move temporarily to the top of the section above Germany, who reclaimed the leadership with a 2-0 victory against the Faroe Islands in a later game, and Scotland. Lithuania are fourth on seven points, with the Faroe Islands bottom of the table with a single point.

Shaky start
A shaky first period, punctuated by a string of individual errors, saw clear-cut chances at a premium but the visitors staked their claim for a place in the finals in Portugal next Summer with goals from Thordur Gudjónsson, Eidur Gudjohnsen and Hermann Hreidarsson.

Confident mood
Having earned a 1-1 draw against Germany and a 1-0 victory against Scotland in their two previous qualifiers, Lithuania were in confident mood prior to kick-off. However, a partisan crowd of around 8,000 inside the S. Darius & S. Girenas stadium could only watch as Gudjónsson raced on to a long pass and headed in at the far post beyond Gintaras Stauce on the hour mark.

Hreidarsson on target
Iceland then doubled their advantage 12 minutes later, Chelsea FC's Gudjohnsen firing in a low drive from the edge of the penalty area. The same player had a goal disallowed for offside minutes later, before Hreidarsson joined the party by heading in a long cross in the dying seconds.

Landmark duo
The match was notable for two other statistics, with Iceland's Runar Kristinsson making his 100th appearance for his country, while former Tottenham Hotspur FC and Bolton Wanderers FC defender Gudni Bergsson brought the curtain down on his international career having made his debut in 1984.

Last updated: 11/06/03 23.42CET

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Lineups

Lithuania

Lithuania

Iceland

Iceland

1
StauceGintaras Stauce
1
ArasonÁrni Arason
2
ŠemberasDeividas Šemberas
Yellow Card55
Red Card85
2
B. GunnarssonBrynjar Gunnarsson
Substitution90
3
DeduraIgnas Dedura
3
VidarssonArnar Vidarsson
Substitution90+2
4
BarasaNerijus Barasa
Substitution71
4
Larus SigurdssonLarus Sigurdsson
5
PetrenkoVadim Petrenko
5
HreidarssonHermann Hreidarsson
Goal90+3
6
ŽvirgždauskasTomas Žvirgždauskas
Yellow Card36
6
KristinssonRunar Kristinsson
7
Raimondas ZutautasRaimondas Zutautas
Substitution63
7
BergssonGudni Bergsson
8
MorinasIgoris Morinas
8
GudjonssonJóhannes Gudjonsson
9
JankauskasEdgaras Jankauskas
Substitution76
9
GudjohnsenEidur Gudjohnsen (C)
Goal71
10
RažanauskasTomas Ražanauskas
10
T. GudjónssonThordur Gudjónsson
Goal60
11
SkarbaliusAurelius Skarbalius
11
H. SigurdssonHelgi Sigurdsson
Substitution81

Substitutes

12
KarčemarskasŽydrūnas Karčemarskas
12
KristinssonBirkir Kristinsson
13
DanilevičiusTomas Danilevičius
Substitution63
14
I. SigurdssonIndridi Sigurdsson
Substitution90+2
14
GuscinasDmitrijus Guscinas
Substitution76
15
GretarssonArnar Gretarsson
Substitution90
17
MaciuleviciusDarius Maciulevicius
Substitution71
16
T. GudmundssonTryggvi Gudmundsson
Substitution81
Yellow Card89
15
PapeckysTadas Papeckys
13
IngimarssonIvar Ingimarsson
16
DziaukstasRolandas Dziaukstas
17
Gylfi EinarssonGylfi Einarsson
18
RadžiusNerijus Radžius
18
BaldvinssonMarel Baldvinsson

Coach

Algimantas Liubinskas (LTU) Ásgeir Sigurvinsson (ISL)

Referee

Sorin Corpodean (ROU)

Assistant referees

Marcel Savaniu (ROU), Ion Muresan (ROU)

Fourth official

Cristian Balaj (ROU)

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