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Ten-man Iceland make their point

Published: Tuesday 9 September 2008, 23.46CET
Iceland 1-1 Slovakia
Iceland coach Lúkas Kostic hailed his side's "strength of character" as the hosts survived playing over half the match with ten men to claim a draw.
by Stefán Stefánsson
from Reykjavik
Ten-man Iceland make their point
Iceland showed their mettle in Reykjavik ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 9 September 2008, 23.46CET

Ten-man Iceland make their point

Iceland 1-1 Slovakia
Iceland coach Lúkas Kostic hailed his side's "strength of character" as the hosts survived playing over half the match with ten men to claim a draw.

Iceland coach Lúkas Kostic hailed his side's "strength of character" as the hosts claimed a 1-1 draw against Slovakia to lift themselves off the foot of Group 7 despite playing more than half the match with ten men.

Pivotal moment
The night looked to be going Iceland's way when a rare sortie into Slovakia territory resulted in Birkir Bjarnason's shot being parried into the path of Gylfi Thór Sigurdsson, who pounced to make it 1-0 midway through the first half. The visitors were soon back on the offensive, however, and when defender Eggert Gunnthór Jónsson was sent off for handling on his goalline just before the interval, the pendulum swung in their direction. Miroslav Stoch stepped up and converted from the spot, but try as they might, Slovakia could not find another way through despite laying siege to the Iceland goal in the second period.

Last updated: 27/03/13 6.27CET

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Lineups

Iceland

Iceland

Slovakia

Slovakia

1
IngasonThordur Ingason (GK)
1
KosickýTomás Kosický (GK)
2
ValgardssonHjörtur Valgardsson
2
ČikošErik Čikoš
3
SkúlasonAri Skúlason
Yellow Card76
3
NosekMartin Nosek
4
HannessonThórir Hannesson
Yellow Card32
4
DzoganLukas Dzogan
5
JónassonHallgrímur Jónasson (C)
5
TóthMartin Tóth
Yellow Card32
6
BjarnasonBirkir Bjarnason
Substitution63
6
K. KuzmaKamil Kuzma
7
JónssonEggert Jónsson
Red Card42
7
KuckaJuraj Kucka (C)
Yellow Card42
8
G. SigurdssonGylfi Sigurdsson
Goal23
17
WeissVladimír Weiss
Yellow Card25
Substitution56
9
Eyjólfsson Hólmar Eyjólfsson
11
StochMiroslav Stoch
Goal43
10
SmárasonArnór Smárason
Substitution73
13
PiroskaJuraj Piroska
Yellow Card58
Substitution64
11
SigthórssonKolbeinn Sigthórsson
Substitution90+2
9
MajtánTomáš Majtán
Substitution74

Substitutes

12
JonssonIngvar Jonsson (GK)
12
KamenárLuboš Kamenár (GK)
13
HaraldssonRafn Andri Haraldsson
8
ZapotokaTomas Zapotoka
Substitution56
14
ÁkasonJón Ákason
Substitution90+2
10
SylvestrJakub Sylvestr
Substitution64
15
EinarssonHeimir Einarsson
14
CiferskyIvan Cifersky
16
ThórarinssonHjalmar Thórarinsson
Substitution73
15
GergelRoman Gergel
Substitution74
17
JúlíussonHeidar Geir Júlíusson
Substitution63
Yellow Card90+2
16
JanekIvan Janek
18
A. AdalsteinssonArnór Adalsteinsson

Coach

Luka Kostic (ISL) Jozef Barmoš (SVK)

Referee

Albert Toussaint (LUX)

Assistant referees

François Mangen (LUX), Marco Tropeano (LUX)

Fourth official

Sven Bindels (LUX)

Legend:

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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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