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Squandered penalty helps Iceland hold Cyprus

Published: Saturday 26 March 2011, 21.32CET
Cyprus 0-0 Iceland
A penalty save from Iceland's Stefán Magnússon was responsible for the visitors coming away with their first point in Group H.
by John Leonidou
from GSP Stadium
Squandered penalty helps Iceland hold Cyprus
Cyprus's Dimitris Christofi (left) goes shoulder to shoulder with Kristján Sigurdsson ©Getty Images

Match statistics

CyprusIceland

Goals scored0
 
0
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts10
 
8
Attempts on target2
 
2
Attempts off target7
 
4
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners2
 
5
Offsides4
 
1
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed8
 
20
Fouls suffered20
 
8

Standings

Last updated: 13/02/2013 10:53 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Saturday 26 March 2011, 21.32CET

Squandered penalty helps Iceland hold Cyprus

Cyprus 0-0 Iceland
A penalty save from Iceland's Stefán Magnússon was responsible for the visitors coming away with their first point in Group H.

Stefán Magnússon saved Chrysostomos Michail's first-half penalty as an under-strength Cyprus were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw against the bottom side in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group H, Iceland.

Standing in for regular captain Yiannis Okkas − who, like strike partner Michalis Konstantinou, missed the game through injury − Michail had his spot kick well saved on 21 minutes. Cyprus had further reason to bemoan Magnússon's expertise when the goalkeeper tipped a deflected Constantinos Makridis shot on to a post in the closing stages.

Denied from the spot in the first meaningful action of the game, after Kristján Sigurdsson had fouled Andreas Avraam in the box, Cyprus dominated possession from the off and were left lamenting a lack of space for lone striker Dimitris Christofi to exploit. In contrast, Iceland menaced on the counterattack and Birkir Saevarsson looked certain to open the scoring on 34 minutes, only for his attempted chip to travel straight into the arms of Antonis Giorgallides.

Magnússon denied Avraam from close range in the final minute of the first half, and Christofi's composure deserted him after the interval, with the forward firing high and wide after Savvas Poursaitides's pass had presented him with an opening. A quick Cypriot break on 78 minutes ended with a Makridis shot, which Magnússon turned on to his left-hand post, and that spurned chance might have proved costlier had Heidar Helguson not blazed off target from a good position late on.

Last updated: 26/03/11 23.30CET

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Lineups

Cyprus

Cyprus

Iceland

Iceland

1
GiorgallidesAntonis Giorgallides (GK)
12
MagnússonStefán Magnússon (GK)
Yellow Card88
2
SielisValentinos Sielis
Substitution46
3
B. SævarssonBirkir Sævarsson
4
MerkisGeorgos Merkis
Yellow Card42
4
K. SigurdssonKristján Sigurdsson
Yellow Card21
7
AloneftisStathis Aloneftis
5
I. SigurdssonIndridi Sigurdsson
9
ChristofiDimitris Christofi
Substitution73
6
G. SigurdssonGylfi Sigurdsson
Substitution90+1
10
CharalambidesConstantinos Charalambides
7
HreidarssonHermann Hreidarsson (C)
12
MakridisConstantinos Makridis
9
GíslasonRúrik Gíslason
Substitution63
13
MichailChrysostomos Michail (C)
Penalty21
10
GudmundssonJohann Gudmundsson
Substitution59
18
DobrašinovićSiniša Dobrašinović
11
H. HelgusonHeidar Helguson
20
AvraamAndreas Avraam
16
E. JónssonEggert Jónsson
Yellow Card72
21
PoursaitidesSavvas Poursaitides
Substitution61
17
A. GunnarssonAron Gunnarsson

Substitutes

16
KissasTasos Kissas (GK)
22
BjörnssonHaraldur Björnsson (GK)
3
E. CharalambousElias Charalambous
2
DaníelssonHelgi Daníelsson
8
IliaMarios Ilia
Substitution61
8
SkúlasonÓlafur Skúlason
14
AlexandrouNektarios Alexandrou
Substitution73
13
FinnbogasonAlfred Finnbogason
Substitution63
15
MytidisNestor Mytidis
14
EiríkssonBjarni Eiríksson
19
GarpozisAlexandros Garpozis
15
BjarnasonBirkir Bjarnason
Substitution90+1
22
DemetriouJason Demetriou
Substitution46
18
SmárasonArnór Smárason
Substitution59

Coach

Angelos Anastasiadis (GRE) Ólafur Jóhannesson (ISL)

Referee

Darko Čeferin (SVN)

Assistant referees

Andrej Kokolj (SVN), Matej Žunič (SVN)

Fourth official

Slavko Vinčić (SVN)

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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