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Last-gasp agony for Northern Ireland

Published: Wednesday 12 September 2007, 23.35CET
Iceland 2-1 Northern Ireland Yet another own goal dented Nigel Worthington's team's faint hopes of qualification as Iceland triumphed in rainswept Reykjavik.

Match statistics

IcelandNorthern Ireland

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target2
 
3
Attempts off target1
 
7
Corners3
 
11
Fouls committed11
 
5
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 12 September 2007, 23.35CET

Last-gasp agony for Northern Ireland

Iceland 2-1 Northern Ireland Yet another own goal dented Nigel Worthington's team's faint hopes of qualification as Iceland triumphed in rainswept Reykjavik.

A last-minute own goal from Keith Gillespie saw Northern Ireland slump to an agonising defeat against Iceland in rainswept Reykjavik.

Late misfortune
Nigel Worthington's side had come undone against Latvia at the weekend when Chris Baird put through his own net and this time it was Gillespie's turn, directing the ball past his own goalkeeper with just seconds remaining. The hosts had taken an early lead when Ármann Björnsson fired into the roof of the net after just six minutes but, after dominating for long spells, the visitors equalised through David Healy's 72nd-minute penalty only for Gillespie's miscue to seriously dent his side's prospects of qualification.

Early opener
Northern Ireland almost made the breakthrough inside the first minute with Warren Feeney testing Árni Arason with a fierce shot, but it was Iceland who took the lead when Björnsson drilled in Gunnar Heidar Thorvaldsson's centre after a swift move. Northern Ireland raised the tempo and Gary Clinghan fired wide before Jonny Evans somehow skied his close-range shot over the bar after Arason had pushed away a free-kick from Chris Brunt.

Brunt chance
Brunt was unlucky not to equalise in the 51st minute when his ferocious 25-metre shot cannoned back off the bar with Arason beaten. Michael Duff then got on the end of a Brunt corner but was unable to put enough power on his strike. The visitors finally drew level when Healy scored his 12th goal of the campaign from the spot after being upended by Ragnar Sigurdsson. Yet in added time Gillespie turned into his own net under pressure from Eidur Gudjohnsen to leave Northern Ireland three points off the Group F summit having played a game more than Sweden and Spain.

Last updated: 13/09/07 1.33CET

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Lineups

Iceland

Iceland

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

1
ArasonÁrni Arason (GK)
1
TaylorMaik Taylor (GK)
2
K. SigurdssonKristján Sigurdsson
2
BairdChris Baird (C)
Yellow Card86
3
ÁrnasonKári Árnason
Substitution88
4
M DuffMichael Duff
4
R. SigurdssonRagnar Sigurdsson
5
J. EvansJonny Evans
5
IngimarssonIvar Ingimarsson
3
McCartneyGeorge McCartney
6
SteinssonGrétar Steinsson
7
GillespieKeith Gillespie
Goal90+1
7
HreidarssonHermann Hreidarsson (C)
Yellow Card65
6
ClinganSammy Clingan
8
VidarssonArnar Vidarsson
8
DavisSteven Davis
Substitution79
9
ThorvaldssonGunnar Heidar Thorvaldsson
Substitution79
11
BruntChris Brunt
Yellow Card68
Substitution83
10
Ar. BjörnssonÁrmann Björnsson
Goal6
Yellow Card19
Substitution53
9
HealyDavid Healy
Goal72
11
HallfredssonEmil Hallfredsson
10
FeeneyWarren Feeney
Yellow Card41

Substitutes

12
LárussonDadi Lárusson (GK)
12
MannusAlan Mannus (GK)
13
GardarssonSverrir Gardarsson
16
CraiganStephen Craigan
14
B. AdalsteinssonBaldur Adalsteinsson
18
ElliottStuart Elliott
15
ÁsgeirssonÁsgeir Ásgeirsson
Substitution88
14
McCannGrant McCann
Substitution79
16
SkúlasonÓlafur Skúlason
Substitution79
15
JonesStephen Jones
Substitution83
17
GunnarssonVeigar Gunnarsson
17
K. LaffertyKyle Lafferty
18
GudjohnsenEidur Gudjohnsen
Substitution53
13
SprouleIvan Sproule

Coach

Eyjólfur Sverrisson (ISL) Nigel Worthington (NIR)

Referee

Iouri Baskakov (RUS)

Assistant referees

Tikhon Kalugin (RUS), Anton Averianov (RUS)

Fourth official

Stanislav Sukhina (RUS)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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