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Spot on France edge Iceland thriller

Published: Monday 14 October 2013, 23.05CET
Iceland 3-4 France
Willy Sagnol's side moved level with the hosts at the top of Group 10 as Paul-Georges Ntep De Madiba's late penalty proved decisive.
by Alexander Freyr Einarsson
from Laugardalsvöllur
Spot on France edge Iceland thriller
France's Dimitri Foulquier (left) attempts to break free of Jón Dadi Bödvarsson's attentions ©AFP/Getty Images

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Published: Monday 14 October 2013, 23.05CET

Spot on France edge Iceland thriller

Iceland 3-4 France
Willy Sagnol's side moved level with the hosts at the top of Group 10 as Paul-Georges Ntep De Madiba's late penalty proved decisive.

Iceland dropped their first points of UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying as France prevailed in a thriller in Reykjavik to join their hosts at the top of Group 10.

France maintained their flawless record from four games but were forced to come from behind twice before Paul-Georges Ntep De Madiba's 83rd-minute penalty won it. Sverrir Ingason had given Iceland an early lead and the hosts also led 2-1 before falling behind. Holmbert Fridjonsson's spot kick looked to have earned a draw for Eyjólfur Sverrisson's men before Ntep De Madiba struck.

The game started perfectly for the hosts as the head of captain Ingason powered them ahead after nine minutes. Lindsay Rose drew France level with a header of his own from a Florian Thauvin cross, before the French scorer turned into his own net on 57 minutes to restore the home lead. Yassine Benzia then struck twice in two minutes to turn the game on its head and put Willy Sagnol's men in the driving seat.

Fridjonsson scored with his first touch, converting a penalty to make it all square a minute after coming off the bench, but Ntep De Madiba kept his nerve to score from the penalty spot and move France level with Iceland with a game in hand.

"I'll take the three points today," said Sagnol. "We reacted well, but I would rather my team act than react. Sometimes it's good to win difficult games like this because that experience helps you build a good team for the future. But we could have done so much more to make this not so much an easy match, but an easier match."

Last updated: 05/06/15 7.53CET

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Lineups

Iceland

Iceland

France

France

1
RúnarssonRúnar Rúnarsson (GK)
16
AréolaAlphonse Aréola (GK)
2
IngasonSverrir Ingason (C)
Goal9
2
FoulquierDimitri Foulquier
3
GudjónssonBrynjar Gudjónsson
5
LaporteAymeric Laporte
Yellow Card57
4
GudmundssonBrynjar Gudmundsson
6
KondogbiaGeoffrey Kondogbia (C)
5
H. MagnússonHordur Magnússon
7
NtepPaul-Georges Ntep
Goal83
6
ThórarinssonGudmundur Thórarinsson
10
BenziaYassine Benzia
Goal67
Goal69
7
YeomanAndri Yeoman
11
ThauvinFlorian Thauvin
Substitution86
8
PálssonEmil Pálsson
Substitution90+2
12
DigneLucas Digne
9
BödvarssonJón Dadi Bödvarsson
Substitution75
14
BifoumaThievy Bifouma
Substitution56
10
AtlasonEmil Atlason
Substitution68
18
ImbulaGiannelli Imbula
Substitution65
11
EmilssonKristján Gauti Emilsson
20
RoseLindsay Rose
Goal41
Goal57

Substitutes

12
SchramFrederik Schram (GK)
1
BoucherZacharie Boucher (GK)
13
FridjonssonHolmbert Fridjonsson
Substitution75
Goal76
3
B. MendyBenjamin Mendy
14
VilhjálmssonÁrni Vilhjálmsson
Substitution90+2
8
FerriJordan Ferri
Substitution86
15
ÓlafssonBergsveinn Ólafsson
9
MartialAnthony Martial
Substitution65
16
GardarssonTómas Gardarsson
Substitution68
17
VeretoutJordan Veretout
Substitution56
17
ThorsteinssonGunnar Thorsteinsson
21
N. MendyNampalys Mendy
18
SigurdarsonAron Sigurdarson
22
HountondjiCedric Hountondji

Coach

Eyjólfur Sverrisson (ISL) Willy Sagnol (FRA)

Referee

Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Daniel Gustavsson (SWE), Per Brogevik (SWE)

Fourth official

Johan Hamlin (SWE)

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