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Latvia up and running

Published: Saturday 7 October 2006, 20.46CET
Latvia 4-0 Iceland Maris Verpakovskis scored twice as Latvia earned their opening qualifying Group F victory in convincing fashion in Riga.

Match statistics

LatviaIceland

Goals scored4
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
6
Attempts off target2
 
1
Corners6
 
4
Fouls committed10
 
10
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Saturday 7 October 2006, 20.46CET

Latvia up and running

Latvia 4-0 Iceland Maris Verpakovskis scored twice as Latvia earned their opening qualifying Group F victory in convincing fashion in Riga.

Latvia earned their first UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying win in convincing fashion as they put four goals past Iceland in Riga.

Bounce back
Jurijs Andrejevs' men bounced back from last month's home defeat by Sweden as they took full advantage of their opportunities against an Iceland team who have now lost twice in succession, following an opening Group F victory in Northern Ireland. In so doing, Latvia moved into fourth place in the section, ahead of Spain and Iceland on goal difference.

Verpakovskis double
Latvia, who were surprise qualifiers for UEFA EURO 2004™, gained a 14th-minute lead through Girts Karlsons, who turned Juris Laizans's right-wing cross into the net. A second goal followed 60 seconds later when Maris Verpakovskis headed home following good work down the left by Genadijs Solonicins. By the 25-minute mark it was 3-0 as, from a Solonicins corner, Oskars Klava's near-post header forced Árni Arason to save and FC Dynamo Kyiv striker Verpakovskis tucked away the rebound.

Gudjohnsen goes close
Despite the shock of finding themselves so far behind, Iceland tried to find a way back into the match and, in the 28th minute, FC Barcelona forward Eidur Gudjohnsen fired in a shot from distance which was tipped around the post by Aleksandrs Kolinko in the Latvia goal. Gudjohnsen threatened again shortly after the restart, letting fly a fierce drive from the edge of the box but for a second time Kolinko denied him.

Višnakovs seals win
A minute later the ball was nestling in the bottom of the Iceland net as a long-range effort by Aleksejs Višnakovs beat Arason to confirm Latvia's victory. If that summed up the visitors' day, they did not give up and both Hannes Sigurdsson and substitute Veigar Páll Gunnarsson tested Kolinko. Iceland will hope for better at home against Sweden on Wednesday, when Latvia visit Northern Ireland.

Last updated: 08/10/06 1.17CET

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Lineups

Latvia

Latvia

Iceland

Iceland

1
KoļinkoAleksandrs Koļinko (GK)
1
ArasonÁrni Arason (GK)
2
StepanovsIgors Stepanovs
2
SteinssonGrétar Steinsson
3
AstafjevsVitālijs Astafjevs (C)
3
I. SigurdssonIndridi Sigurdsson
4
ZirnisDzintars Zirnis
4
GíslasonStefán Gíslason
5
LaizānsJuris Laizāns
5
IngimarssonIvar Ingimarsson
Yellow Card90+1
7
SmirnovsMāris Smirnovs
6
H. SigurdssonHannes Sigurdsson
Substitution74
8
BleidelisImants Bleidelis
Substitution46
7
HreidarssonHermann Hreidarsson
9
VerpakovskisMāris Verpakovskis
Goal18
Goal28
Substitution59
8
B. GunnarssonBrynjar Gunnarsson
Yellow Card64
15
SoloņicinsGenadijs Soloņicins
9
GudjohnsenEidur Gudjohnsen (C)
17
KļavaOskars Kļava
Yellow Card78
Substitution84
10
GudjónssonJóhannes Gudjónsson
Substitution46
20
KarlsonsĢirts Karlsons
Goal17
11
ÁrnasonKári Árnason
Substitution45

Substitutes

12
PiedelsAndrejs Piedels (GK)
12
LárussonDadi Lárusson (GK)
16
A. VišņakovsAleksejs Višņakovs
Substitution46
Goal54
13
DaníelssonHelgi Daníelsson
Substitution45
25
KačanovsDeniss Kačanovs
Substitution84
16
HallfredssonEmil Hallfredsson
Substitution74
29
PaharsMarians Pahars
Substitution59
18
GunnarssonVeigar Gunnarsson
Substitution46
13
GorkšsKaspars Gorkšs
14
K. SigurdssonKristján Sigurdsson
19
KalninšGatis Kalninš
15
BaldvinssonMarel Baldvinsson
23
GrebisKristaps Grebis
17
VidarssonArnar Vidarsson

Coach

Jurijs Andrejevs (LVA) Eyjólfur Sverrisson (ISL)

Referee

Alan Kelly (IRL)

Assistant referees

Edward Foley (IRL), Marc Douglas (IRL)

Fourth official

Ian Stokes (IRL)

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