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No way through for Iceland

Published: Tuesday 7 June 2005, 23.12CET
Iceland 0-0 Malta The visitors produce a determined rearguard action as Iceland's qualification hopes fade.
Published: Tuesday 7 June 2005, 23.12CET

No way through for Iceland

Iceland 0-0 Malta The visitors produce a determined rearguard action as Iceland's qualification hopes fade.

By Stefán Stefánsson

Iceland saw their slim chances of making the UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs fade further as they were kept out by a determined Maltese rearguard.

Iceland denied
In spite of many half-chances Iceland could not score in Reykjavík to avenge their 1-0 defeat in Malta in October, and are five points adrift of second-placed Sweden with three games left, one less than their main rivals.

Malta hold out
Malta picked up four yellow cards, and in the first half free-kicks provided Iceland’s best chances. In the second period the visitors posed occasional danger on the break but in the final minutes were forced backwards only for Iceland to be denied.

September games
Having now picked up four points in the group, all against Iceland, Malta will attempt to climb out of last place on 2 September at home to Hungary. Iceland welcome leaders Croatia a day later.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.26CET

http://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2006/matches/round=1910/match=74444/postmatch/report/index.html#no+through+iceland

Lineups

Iceland

Iceland

Malta

Malta

1
HalldórssonBjarni Halldórsson (GK)
12
CallejaChris Calleja (GK)
2
HallfredssonEmil Hallfredsson
Substitution83
2
MuscatAlex Muscat
3
R. SigurdssonRagnar Sigurdsson
3
J. MifsudJosef Mifsud
Yellow Card69
4
G. T. GunnarssonGunnar Thor Gunnarsson
4
TellusShaun Tellus
5
GislasonSteinthor Gislason
5
MiwtoffRyan Miwtoff
6
JonssonSolvi Geir Jonsson
Yellow Card11
6
SciberrasGareth Sciberras (C)
7
ArnarssonViktor Bjarki Arnarsson
Substitution86
7
CiliaTrevor Cilia
8
SkúlasonÓlafur Skúlason (C)
8
CassarChristian Cassar
Yellow Card42
Substitution63
9
H. SigurdssonHannes Sigurdsson
9
AgiusAndré Agius
Yellow Card20
10
D. VidarssonDavíd Vidarsson
10
FrendoCleavon Frendo
Yellow Card81
Substitution85
11
SveinssonHördur Sveinsson
Substitution66
11
R. BajadaRoderick Bajada
Substitution82

Substitutes

12
ThormarMagnús Thormar (GK)
1
GauciReuben Gauci (GK)
13
PálmasonPálmi Pálmason
Substitution86
13
FaillaClayton Failla
14
ThórarinssonHjalmar Thórarinsson
Substitution83
14
P. FenechPaul Fenech
Substitution82
16
DavídssonSölvi Davídsson
15
Ian ZammitIan Zammit
Substitution85
17
HaukssonKristján Hauksson
16
FalzonDyson Falzon
Substitution63
15
GunnlaugssonGardar Gunnlaugsson
Substitution66
17
SammutRoderick Sammut
18
SævarssonJónas Sævarsson
18
FarrugiaDavid Farrugia

Coach

Eyjólfur Sverrisson (ISL) Mark Miller (ENG)

Referee

Calum Murray (SCO)

Assistant referees

Gordon Middleton (SCO), Keith Sorbie (SCO)

Fourth official

Andrew Hunter (SCO)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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