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Spain spared by Iniesta strike

Published: Sunday 9 September 2007, 0.45CET
Iceland 1-1 Spain
Substitute Andrés Iniesta was again the scourge of Iceland as the ten-man visitors salvaged a late draw.

Match statistics

IcelandSpain

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target2
 
3
Attempts off target3
 
3
Corners3
 
10
Fouls committed14
 
11
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
1

Standings

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

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Published: Sunday 9 September 2007, 0.45CET

Spain spared by Iniesta strike

Iceland 1-1 Spain
Substitute Andrés Iniesta was again the scourge of Iceland as the ten-man visitors salvaged a late draw.

Andrés Iniesta was again the scourge of Iceland as ten-man Spain salvaged a late draw in Reykjavik to take the visitors into joint second place in UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying Group F.

Late leveller
The FC Barcelona midfielder had scored an 80th-minute winner in the sides' meeting in March and he repeated the trick at the Laugardalsvöllur Stadium – this after Xabi Alonso had been sent off midway through the first half and Emil Hallfredsson headed Iceland into a 40th-minute lead. Just when it seemed the hosts were in sight of a famous win, Iniesta struck four minutes from time to rescue a point that lifts Spain to 16 points, level with second-placed Northern Ireland and three behind Sweden.

Puerta remembered
Before kick-off there was a minute's silence in memory of Spain midfielder Antonio Puerta who died last week. Luis Aragonés's team, coming into this match on the back of a six-game winning run, were quickly on the attack, David Villa forcing a fine save from Iceland keeper Árni Arason with a low free-kick. The complexion of the tie changed in the 20th minute, however, when Alonso was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Arnar Vidarsson – Iceland would have made their numerical advantage count immediately had Joey Gudjonsson not prodded wide with only Iker Casillas to beat.

Hallfredsson header
Sergio Ramos and Fernando Torres went close for the visitors, yet it was Iceland who seized the initiative five minutes before half-time when Gudjonsson curled in a deep right-wing cross and Hallfredsson placed a diving header into the bottom corner. Forced to push forward, Spain dominated possession thereafter but created few clear-cut chances; by contrast, Casillas did well to deny Gunnar Heidar Thorvaldsson. But with Iceland four minutes away from victory, substitute Iniesta collected Luis García's lay-off to advance into the penalty area and slide a shot beyond Arason. Both sides will have home advantage on Wednesday, when Iceland entertain Northern Ireland and Spain tackle Latvia.

Last updated: 09/09/07 17.44CET

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Lineups

Iceland

Iceland

Spain

Spain

1
ArasonÁrni Arason (GK)
1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK) (C)
2
K. SigurdssonKristján Sigurdsson
15
RamosSergio Ramos
4
R. SigurdssonRagnar Sigurdsson
Yellow Card61
4
MarchenaCarlos Marchena
5
IngimarssonIvar Ingimarsson
20
JuanitoJuanito
7
HreidarssonHermann Hreidarsson (C)
3
PerníaMariano Pernía
Yellow Card8
Substitution26
6
SteinssonGrétar Steinsson
17
JoaquínJoaquín
Substitution69
8
VidarssonArnar Vidarsson
Substitution69
14
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
Red Card21
10
GudjonssonJóhannes Gudjonsson
Yellow Card36
Substitution79
8
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández
11
HallfredssonEmil Hallfredsson
Goal40
21
SilvaDavid Silva
3
ÁrnasonKári Árnason
9
TorresFernando Torres
Substitution57
9
ThorvaldssonGunnar Heidar Thorvaldsson
Substitution88
7
VillaDavid Villa

Substitutes

12
LárussonDadi Lárusson (GK)
23
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
13
GardarssonSverrir Gardarsson
5
CapdevilaJoan Capdevila
14
B. AdalsteinssonBaldur Adalsteinsson
Substitution79
22
Pablo IbáñezPablo Ibáñez
15
JónssonHjalmar Jónsson
6
AlbeldaDavid Albelda
Substitution26
16
SkúlasonÓlafur Skúlason
Substitution69
11
AnguloMiguel Ángel Angulo
17
GunnarssonVeigar Gunnarsson
16
IniestaAndrés Iniesta
Substitution57
Goal86
18
Ar. BjörnssonÁrmann Björnsson
Substitution88
10
Luis GarcíaLuis García
Substitution69

Coach

Eyjólfur Sverrisson (ISL) Luis Aragonés Suárez (ESP)

Referee

Wolfgang Stark (GER)

Assistant referees

Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER), Volker Wezel (GER)

Fourth official

Michael Weiner (GER)

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