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Abdellaoue fires Norway to Iceland victory

Published: Friday 3 September 2010, 23.45CET
Iceland 1-2 Norway
The visitors took all three Group H points thanks to Mohammed Abdellaoue's strike 15 minutes from time in Reykjavik.
Abdellaoue fires Norway to Iceland victory
Egil Olsen's Norway were narrow winners in Reykjavik ©Getty Images

Match statistics

IcelandNorway

Goals scored1
 
2
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts11
 
6
Attempts on target5
 
5
Attempts off target5
 
1
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners5
 
5
Offsides3
 
1
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed12
 
10
Fouls suffered10
 
12

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Friday 3 September 2010, 23.45CET

Abdellaoue fires Norway to Iceland victory

Iceland 1-2 Norway
The visitors took all three Group H points thanks to Mohammed Abdellaoue's strike 15 minutes from time in Reykjavik.

Mohammed Abdellaoue scored the winner a quarter of an hour from time as Norway began UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group H with victory in Iceland.

Heidar Helguson's 38th-minute effort ensured the hosts were in the ascendancy at the end of a closely contested first half, but it was not long before Norway restored parity through Brede Hangeland's header just before the hour. Abdellaoue, who had caused problems for the Iceland rearguard all night, then struck the decisive blow for Egil Olsen's men after being set up by Morten Gamst Pedersen.

Still smarting from a friendly draw with Liechtenstein last month, Iceland were eager to make amends and broke the deadlock seven minutes before the break, Gylfi Thor Sigurdsson – who signed for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim this week – teeing up Helguson to back-heel past Jon Knudsen from close range.

Gunnleifur Gunnleifsson preserved Iceland's lead by saving efforts from Abdellaoue either side of half-time, yet he was powerless to prevent Hangeland heading in Erik Huseklepp's 58th-minute corner. Iceland attempted a response but were caught out again 15 minutes from time when Abdellaoue finished clinically from midway inside the penalty area.

Last updated: 04/09/10 0.29CET

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Lineups

Iceland

Iceland

Norway

Norway

12
GunnleifssonGunnleifur Gunnleifsson (GK)
1
KnudsenJon Knudsen (GK)
3
OttesenSölvi Ottesen (C)
2
HøgliTom Høgli
4
K. SigurdssonKristján Sigurdsson
3
WæhlerKjetil Wæhler
5
I. SigurdssonIndridi Sigurdsson
5
HangelandBrede Hangeland (C)
Goal58
Yellow Card83
6
SteinssonGrétar Steinsson
Substitution76
6
John Arne RiiseJohn Arne Riise
7
GudmundssonJohann Gudmundsson
Substitution87
7
Bjørn Helge RiiseBjørn Helge Riise
Substitution57
10
V. GunnarssonVeigar Gunnarsson
Substitution76
8
HaugerHenning Hauger
11
H. HelgusonHeidar Helguson
Goal38
9
AbdellaoueMohammed Abdellaoue
Goal75
Substitution88
16
E. JónssonEggert Jónsson
11
PedersenMorten Gamst Pedersen
17
A. GunnarssonAron Gunnarsson
Yellow Card32
16
GrindheimChristian Grindheim
20
G. SigurdssonGylfi Sigurdsson
18
HusekleppErik Huseklepp
Substitution76

Substitutes

22
KaleIngvar Kale (GK)
12
JarsteinRune Jarstein (GK)
2
R. SigurdssonRagnar Sigurdsson
4
DemidovVadim Demidov
9
Ó. SkúlasonÓlafur Skúlason
13
RuudEspen Ruud
Substitution76
13
A. AdalsteinssonArnór Adalsteinsson
Substitution76
14
IversenSteffen Iversen
Substitution57
18
BjarnasonBirkir Bjarnason
Substitution76
17
SolliJan Gunnar Solli
Substitution88
19
SigthórssonKolbeinn Sigthórsson
19
JenssenRuben Yttergård Jenssen
21
GíslasonRúrik Gíslason
Substitution87
21
BraatenDaniel Braaten

Coach

Ólafur Jóhannesson (ISL) Egil Olsen (NOR)

Referee

Luca Banti (ITA)

Assistant referees

Luca Maggiani (ITA), Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)

Fourth official

Daniele Orsato (ITA)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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