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Island nations reconvene in Cyprus

Published: Monday 10 January 2011, 21.00CET
Barely a year after their last visit, Iceland return to Cyprus for the sides' first competitive meeting, with both playing catch-up in the Nordic-dominated UEFA EURO 2012 Group H.
Island nations reconvene in Cyprus
Cyprus celebrate a UEFA EURO 2012 goal ©Getty Images

Tournament statistics

CyprusIceland

Goals scored7
 
6
Total attempts59
 
57
Attempts on target27
 
20
Attempts off target23
 
26
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork1
 
1
Corners26
 
28
Offsides34
 
17
Yellow cards15
 
17
Red Cards1
 
0
Fouls committed105
 
124
Fouls suffered125
 
89
 
Published: Monday 10 January 2011, 21.00CET

Island nations reconvene in Cyprus

Barely a year after their last visit, Iceland return to Cyprus for the sides' first competitive meeting, with both playing catch-up in the Nordic-dominated UEFA EURO 2012 Group H.

Barely a year after their last visit, Iceland return to Cyprus for the sides' first competitive meeting, with both playing catch-up in a Nordic-dominated UEFA EURO 2012 Group H.

Match background
• The sides met in Larnaca in the most recent of their three friendly encounters on 3 March 2010 – a year and 23 days ahead of this encounter – with the game ending in a 0-0 draw. Rúrik Gíslason managed to hit the bar twice for the visitors from distance.

• Their first meeting, also in Larnaca, on 16 October 1991 produced a draw too. Charalambos Pittas scored for Cyprus while Thorvaldur Örlygsson registered for Iceland.

• Iceland won 2-1 when the sides met in Akranes on 5 June 1996, Alexander Högnason and Gudmundur Benediktsson scoring for the hosts with Klimis Alexandrou responding for Cyprus. Iceland have thus yet to lose in three games against Cyprus.

• Iceland have lost all three of their Group H games to date, while Cyprus have only one point, earned from their shock 4-4 draw away against Portugal in their opening fixture in the section.

Last updated: 01/02/11 18.06CET

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