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Germany wreck Iceland dream

Published: Sunday 12 October 2003, 0.22CET
Germany 3-0 Iceland Germany win Group 5 and deny spirited Iceland a berth in the play-offs.

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Goals scored3
 
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Yellow cards3
 
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Red cards0
 
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Published: Sunday 12 October 2003, 0.22CET

Germany wreck Iceland dream

Germany 3-0 Iceland Germany win Group 5 and deny spirited Iceland a berth in the play-offs.

Michael Ballack, Fredi Bobic and Kevin Kuranyi scored to take Germany into the UEFA EURO 2004™ finals, as Iceland's impressive campaign ended in a defeat that denies them even a play-off place.

Scotland deny Iceland
The visitors to Hamburg needed a win to overhaul the unbeaten Group 5 leaders, but were unable to recover from falling behind in the opening minutes, and as Scotland edged to a 1-0 victory against Lithuania, Iceland were forced into third place having led the group until a month ago. "We had to hope Lithuania could find an equaliser - and let's face it there was more hope of that than of us winning in Germany," said Iceland coach Asgeir Sigurvinsson after the match.

Start for Hinkel
Both sides had a raft of injured players, meaning Andreas Hinkel was given his first start at right-back for Germany, while Hermann Hreidarsson was risked in the same position by the visitors even though he had not played a game since the two teams' September draw.

Early goal
Germany almost scored in the opening seconds but goalkeeper Árni Gautur Arason blocked Ballack's shot. Hinkel then forced Arason to save again with a a floated free-kick from deep. The inevitable goal came on nine minutes as Bobic ran on to a through-ball down the right wing and flicked on with his heel to the onrushing Ballack, who curled the ball on the half-volley unerringly into the bottom right-hand corner.

Arason alert
The pressure on Iceland did not ease and Arason had to remain constantly alert. Bobic seemed set to double the lead in the 22nd minute as he beat the offside trap, but the goalkeeper advanced to block his shot with his right foot. Iceland did have a better spell after the half-hour, when Hreidarsson forced Kahn to save and the German captain also denied Helgi Sigurdsson soon afterwards. At the other end, just before the break, Arason blocked Kevin Kuranyi's point-blank back-heel.

Lead doubled
Iceland began the second half brightly as Gudjohnsen broke into the box and was denied by Kahn. But just before the hour their chances of winning the group evaporated in the space of 60 seconds. For an instant the outlook seemed so bright for the visitors as Hreidarsson headed in a cross only for Russian referee Valentin Ivanov to rule a foul. And Germany went straight up the other end and virtually sealed the game as Ballack found Kuranyi, who controlled on his chest and crossed for Bobic to volley in.

Painful for Iceland
It was painful for Iceland, who had turned away to celebrate their apparent equaliser, only to learn it had been disallowed and then found themselves two down. Minutes later the news came through that Scotland were ahead against Lithuania, meaning even a play-off place was now seemingly out of reach.

Clinching goal
This was confirmed as time expired, and Miroslav Klose came off the bench to create the clinching goal as he ran from the halfway line into the Icelandic box and cut back from Kuranyi to stroke the ball into an empty net.

Völler delight
Germany coach Rudi Völler said: "We got off to a great start. Michael Ballack is so important for us and he often gets the first goal. We're happy we don't have to go into the play-offs. The result doesn't really do Iceland justice. They pushed us really hard."

'That broke our backs'
Völler's opposite number, Sigurvinsson, picked out Hreidarsson's disallowed header as the turning point. "Instead of equalising we found ourselves 2-0 down. That broke our backs," he said. "But Germany deserved to win. A lot of my players have never played in such a stadium in front of such a crowd."

Last updated: 12/10/03 0.19CET

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Lineups

Germany

Germany

Iceland

Iceland

1
KahnOliver Kahn (GK) (C)
1
ArasonÁrni Arason (GK)
2
FriedrichArne Friedrich
Yellow Card34
2
BjarnasonÓlafur Örn Bjarnason
3
RahnChristian Rahn
3
VidarssonArnar Vidarsson
Yellow Card60
4
WörnsChristian Wörns
Yellow Card67
4
IngimarssonIvar Ingimarsson
5
RamelowCarsten Ramelow
Yellow Card90
5
I. SigurdssonIndridi Sigurdsson
Substitution65
6
BaumannFrank Baumann
6
KristinssonRunar Kristinsson
Yellow Card61
7
HinkelAndreas Hinkel
7
HreidarssonHermann Hreidarsson
9
BobicFredi Bobic
Goal60
Substitution70
8
GretarssonArnar Gretarsson
Substitution80
10
SchneiderBernd Schneider
9
GudjohnsenEidur Gudjohnsen (C)
Yellow Card27
13
BallackMichael Ballack
Goal9
10
T. GudjónssonThordur Gudjónsson
17
KuranyiKevin Kuranyi
Goal79
Substitution85
11
H. SigurdssonHelgi Sigurdsson
Substitution80

Substitutes

12
LehmannJens Lehmann (GK)
12
KristinssonBirkir Kristinsson (GK)
11
KloseMiroslav Klose
Substitution70
14
DadasonRikhardur Dadason
Substitution65
18
NeuvilleOliver Neuville
Substitution85
17
GunnarssonVeigar Gunnarsson
Substitution80
8
KehlSebastian Kehl
18
B. GunnarssonBrynjar Gunnarsson
Substitution80
Yellow Card85
14
RehmerMarko Rehmer
13
K. SigurdssonKristján Sigurdsson
15
HartmannMichael Hartmann
15
JónssonHjalmar Jónsson
16
ErnstFabian Ernst
16
B. GudjónssonBjarni Gudjónsson

Coach

Ásgeir Sigurvinsson (ISL)

Referee

Valentin Ivanov (RUS)

Assistant referees

Gennady Krasyuk (RUS), Vladimir Eniutin (RUS)

Fourth official

Iouri Baskakov (RUS)

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