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Iceland caught cold by Latvia revival

Published: Sunday 14 October 2007, 0.26CET
Iceland 2-4 Latvia Aleksandrs Starkovs' team scored four goals in 19 minutes either side of half-time to leapfrog their opponents into fifth place in Group F.

Match statistics

IcelandLatvia

Goals scored2
 
4
Attempts on target7
 
7
Attempts off target7
 
8
Corners8
 
5
Fouls committed17
 
12
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Sunday 14 October 2007, 0.26CET

Iceland caught cold by Latvia revival

Iceland 2-4 Latvia Aleksandrs Starkovs' team scored four goals in 19 minutes either side of half-time to leapfrog their opponents into fifth place in Group F.

Latvia scored four goals in 19 minutes either side of half-time as they recovered from a terrible start to claim a 4-2 victory away to Iceland and leapfrog their opponents into fifth place in Group F.

Verpakovskis double
Latvia had claimed a 4-0 win in the reverse fixture 12 months ago but Eidur Gudjohnsen ensured there would be no repeat as he broke the deadlock after just four minutes. The visitors responded well and Oskars Klava equalised on 27 minutes as they made light of their record of four successive UEFA EURO 2008™ away defeats. Ten minutes later it was 3-1 after Jurijs Laizans and Maris Verpakovskis struck, and within 60 seconds of the restart the latter left Iceland further adrift. Gudjohnsen replied but the hosts could not find another to set up a grandstand finish.

Klava breakthrough
Instead the majority of the crowd went away from the Laugardalsvöllur Stadium disappointed, having begun the match elated after Gudjohnsen guided in Emil Hallfredsson's low cross at the near post. Aleksandrs Starkovs' team took it all in their stride, however, and the lively Verpakovskis missed a golden chance to equalise when he poked wide with the goal at his mercy. Klava showed more composure by rising unmarked to head in Genadijs Solonicins' right-wing corner.

Laizans free-kick
Four minutes later Latvia were leading as Laizans curled in a free-kick, and they were cruising when Verpakovskis capitalised on hesitant defending from Iceland following a corner, swivelling and firing in from close range. Any hopes of a home comeback were vanquished within a minute of half-time once Verpakovskis guided in Girts Karlsons's low centre. Although Gudjohnsen made it 4-2 when he directed a fine effort beyond Andris Vanins's dive, there was no way back.

Last updated: 14/10/07 0.40CET

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Lineups

Iceland

Iceland

Latvia

Latvia

1
ArasonÁrni Arason (GK)
30
VaņinsAndris Vaņins (GK)
2
K. SigurdssonKristján Sigurdsson
Yellow Card48
Substitution88
17
KļavaOskars Kļava
Goal27
3
JónssonHjalmar Jónsson
13
GorkšsKaspars Gorkšs
4
R. SigurdssonRagnar Sigurdsson
6
IvanovsDeniss Ivanovs
5
IngimarssonIvar Ingimarsson
4
ZirnisDzintars Zirnis
6
SteinssonGrétar Steinsson
Substitution25
3
AstafjevsVitālijs Astafjevs (C)
8
B. GunnarssonBrynjar Gunnarsson
Yellow Card86
5
LaizānsJuris Laizāns
Goal31
10
GudjonssonJóhannes Gudjonsson
15
SoloņicinsGenadijs Soloņicins
11
HallfredssonEmil Hallfredsson
16
A. VišņakovsAleksejs Višņakovs
Substitution90+2
7
ThorvaldssonGunnar Heidar Thorvaldsson
Substitution65
20
KarlsonsĢirts Karlsons
Substitution59
9
GudjohnsenEidur Gudjohnsen (C)
Goal4
Goal52
9
VerpakovskisMāris Verpakovskis
Yellow Card22
Goal37
Goal46
Substitution78

Substitutes

12
LárussonDadi Lárusson (GK)
12
RomanovsDeniss Romanovs (GK)
17
Ar. BjörnssonÁrmann Björnsson
Substitution88
7
KačanovsDeniss Kačanovs
13
BjarnasonÓlafur Örn Bjarnason
14
SurninsPāvels Surnins
14
I. SigurdssonIndridi Sigurdsson
25
ŽigajevsJurijs Žigajevs
Substitution90+2
15
ÁrnasonKári Árnason
Substitution25
29
PaharsMarians Pahars
Substitution78
16
VidarssonArnar Vidarsson
24
RimkusVīts Rimkus
Substitution59
18
H. SigurdssonHannes Sigurdsson
Substitution65
21
ZakreševskisArtūrs Zakreševskis

Coach

Eyjólfur Sverrisson (ISL) Aleksandrs Starkovs (LVA)

Referee

Mike Dean (ENG)

Assistant referees

James Devine (ENG), Michael Mullarkey (ENG)

Fourth official

Mark Clattenburg (ENG)

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