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Iceland and Cyprus to renew acquantainces

Published: Sunday 31 July 2011, 1.00CET
The bottom two in Group H meet with Iceland and Cyprus well aware that this will not be the last time given they are also pooled together in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying.
Iceland and Cyprus to renew acquantainces
Cyprus's Andreas Avraam (back) competes with Iceland's Rúrik Gíslason ©Getty Images

Tournament statistics

IcelandCyprus

Goals scored6
 
7
Total attempts57
 
59
Attempts on target20
 
27
Attempts off target26
 
23
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork1
 
1
Corners28
 
26
Offsides17
 
34
Yellow cards17
 
15
Red Cards0
1
Fouls committed124
 
105
Fouls suffered89
 
125
 
Published: Sunday 31 July 2011, 1.00CET

Iceland and Cyprus to renew acquantainces

The bottom two in Group H meet with Iceland and Cyprus well aware that this will not be the last time given they are also pooled together in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying.

The bottom two in Group H meet in Reykjavik with Iceland and Cyprus both well aware that this will not be the last time given the pair have also been pooled together in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying.

• Iceland picked up their first point in the section in the sides' first Group H meeting on 26 March, with Stefán Magnússon saving Chrysostomos Michail's first-half penalty as an under-strength Cyprus were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw.

• In their first competitive away fixture under new coach Nikos Nioplias, Cyprus will look to secure a first victory against Iceland at the fifth attempt. Their record from four previous meetings reads W0 D3 L1 (W0 D0 L1 in Iceland).

• The sides met in Larnaca in the most recent of their three friendly encounters on 3 March 2010 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 netting for the hosts with Klimis Alexandrou responding for Cyprus.

• Both teams are still seeking a first victory in the current qualifying campaign.

Last updated: 03/08/11 0.46CET

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