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In-form Iceland reeling in pacesetters

Published: Tuesday 13 October 2009, 11.45CET
Iceland 2-1 Northern Ireland
The home side closed to within three points of Group 5 leaders the Czech Republic by winning a third consecutive qualifier in Grindavik.
by Stefán Stefánsson
In-form Iceland reeling in pacesetters
Iceland have nine points from their four qualifiers ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 13 October 2009, 11.45CET

In-form Iceland reeling in pacesetters

Iceland 2-1 Northern Ireland
The home side closed to within three points of Group 5 leaders the Czech Republic by winning a third consecutive qualifier in Grindavik.

Iceland closed to within three points of the Group 5 summit by defeating Northern Ireland 2-1 in Grindavik.

Prolific hosts
Having lost their opening qualifier to the Czech Republic, who lead the section with a perfect record from four matches, Iceland have since won three times. The latest success tonight was achieved thanks to second-half efforts from Jóhann Gudmundsson and Jósef Kristinn Jósefsson, with James Lawrie setting up a tense finale after replying in the 80th minute for the visitors.

Gudmundsson streak
Gudmundsson, who scored a hat-trick against San Marino, broke the deadlock on 56 minutes from Andrés Már Jóhannsson's cross before Jósefsson doubled the advantage 14 minutes later, firing in from a narrow angle after more fine work from Jóhannsson. Jósefsson blocked a Billy Kee effort on the goalline as the visitors upped the tempo, and they were rewarded when Lawrie turned the ball in after Haraldur Björnsson had parried a Joshua Magennis drive.

Stand-in boss
Yet that was as good as it got for stand-in Northern Ireland manager Alfie Wylie – regular incumbent Steve Beaglehole is with the Under-19 side in Bosnia-Herzegovina – leaving the team still searching for their first points in the group.

Last updated: 27/03/13 5.07CET

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Lineups

Iceland

Iceland

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

1
BjörnssonHaraldur Björnsson (GK)
1
O'NeillSean O'Neill (GK)
2
FjólusonJón Gudni Fjóluson
2
ChapmanAdam Chapman
3
HelgasonElfar Freyr Helgason
3
DudgeonJoe Dudgeon
4
ValgardssonHjörtur Valgardsson
Substitution65
4
C. EvansCorry Evans
Yellow Card86
5
OrmarssonAlmarr Ormarsson (C)
5
CathcartCraig Cathcart (C)
6
JóhannessonAndrés Már Jóhannesson
Yellow Card87
Substitution89
6
FlynnJonathan Flynn
7
FridgeirssonSkúli Jón Fridgeirsson
Yellow Card68
7
LawrieJames Lawrie
Yellow Card20
Goal80
8
G. SigurdssonGylfi Sigurdsson
Yellow Card18
8
KeeBilly Kee
9
FinnbogasonAlfred Finnbogason
Substitution59
9
MagennisJosh Magennis
10
KristjánssonGudmundur Kristjánsson
10
McQuoidJosh McQuoid
Substitution68
11
GudmundssonJóhann Gudmundsson
Goal56
11
McCleanJames McClean

Substitutes

12
O. PéturssonÓskar Pétursson (GK)
12
MorganNiall Morgan (GK)
13
JósefssonJósef Kristinn Jósefsson
Substitution65
Goal70
13
McCashinSean McCashin
14
SigthórssonKolbeinn Sigthórsson
Substitution59
14
RamsayChristopher Ramsay
15
SteindórssonKristinn Steindórsson
Substitution89
15
ColliganLee Colligan
16
LaxdalJóhann Laxdal
16
McKayWilliam McKay
Substitution68
17
BryanMichael Bryan
18
StewartSammy Stewart

Coach

Eyjólfur Sverrisson (ISL) Alfie Wylie (NIR)

Referee

Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)

Assistant referees

Alain Hoxha (AUT), Andreas Staudinger (AUT)

Fourth official

Alexander Harkam (AUT)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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