Play-off for Final Tournament, Second leg - 30/10/2008 - 19:10CET (18:10 local time) - Laugardalsvöllur - Reykjavik
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Iceland advance to Finland finals

Published: Thursday 30 October 2008, 20.55CET
Iceland 3-0 Republic of Ireland (agg: 4-1)
Dóra María Lárusdóttir scored twice and Margrét Lára Vidarsdóttir claimed her 12th goal of qualifying to help Iceland to their first major tournament.
Iceland advance to Finland finals
Margrét Lára Vidarsdóttir (right) scored her tournament-leading 12th qualifying goal to help Iceland through ©Sportsfile
Published: Thursday 30 October 2008, 20.55CET

Iceland advance to Finland finals

Iceland 3-0 Republic of Ireland (agg: 4-1)
Dóra María Lárusdóttir scored twice and Margrét Lára Vidarsdóttir claimed her 12th goal of qualifying to help Iceland to their first major tournament.

Two goals from Dóra María Lárusdóttir either side of a Margrét Lára Vidarsdóttir strike ensured Iceland moved past the Republic of Ireland into the UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ finals.

Iceland dominant
The play-off tie stood at 1-1 when the game kicked off and Iceland swiftly took control, Lárusdóttir scoring midway through the first half. Ireland were being allowed few chances and Lárusdóttir and Vidarsdóttir made sure of victory after the break, taking Iceland into their first senior national-team final tournament for either gender, though they did reach the two-legged UEFA European Women's Championship last eight in 1995.

Early chances
Iceland scored in the first minute in Dublin on Sunday and nearly repeated the trick tonight when Vidarsdóttir's volley was saved by Emma Byrne. Adapting better to the freezing conditions, on a pitch that had been under snow earlier this week, Iceland continued to press and Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir headed Hólmfrídur Magnúsdóttir's cross against the bar.

Breakthrough
The breakthrough came on 23 minutes. Ásta Árnadóttir played the ball in from the left and it fell to Lárusdóttir, who looped a shot beyond Byrne. Ireland now had a tough task against a team who had not conceded a home goal since August 2006, and remained under pressure, though the visiting defence kept chances at a premium for the rest of the half.

Ireland change
Ireland continued to struggle in the second half so manager Noel King brought on their all-time leading goalscorer Olivia O'Toole, who made a huge impact as a substitute at the weekend. Within a few minutes of her introduction Ireland came closest to an equaliser when Mary Therese McDonnell was just unable to get a touch on Meabh De Burca's chip past goalkeeper María Ágústsdóttir.

Clinching goals
At the other end Byrne was forced into action again to deny Vidarsdóttir from close range after Katrín Jónsdóttir's cross. But the Arsenal LFC goalkeeper was beaten on the hour when Lárusdóttir looped the ball in from the right and Vidarsdóttir headed in for her competition-leading 12th goal of qualifying. Byrne continued to be the busier goalkeeper and Iceland put the game beyond Ireland when Lárusdóttir broke through and produced a neat angled finish. Iceland continued to press but their place in Finland next summer was already secure.

Last updated: 27/03/13 6.21CET

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Lineups

Iceland

Iceland

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

1
ÁgústsdóttirMaría Björg Ágústsdóttir (GK)
1
ByrneEmma Byrne (GK)
2
G.S. GunnarsdóttirGudrún Sóley Gunnarsdóttir
2
MoranAlisha Moran
3
Ó. VidarsdóttirÓlína Vidarsdóttir
5
TracyYvonne Tracy
8
K. JónsdóttirKatrín Jónsdóttir (C)
4
FaheyNiamh Fahey
5
ÁrnadóttirÁsta Árnadóttir
3
De BurcaMeabh De Burca
Substitution77
6
MagnúsdóttirHólmfrídur Magnúsdóttir
6
ConnorJemma Connor
Substitution54
7
StefánsdóttirDóra Stefánsdóttir
7
GrantCiara Grant (C)
4
GardarsdóttirEdda Gardarsdóttir
9
M. McDonnellMary Therese McDonnell
9
M. VidarsdóttirMargrét Lára Vidarsdóttir
Goal60
8
O'GormanAine O'Gorman
10
LárusdóttirDóra Maria Lárusdóttir
Goal23
Goal69
10
O'BrienMichelle O'Brien
11
S. B. GunnarsdóttirSara Bjork Gunnarsdóttir
Substitution84
11
CurtisStephanie Curtis
Substitution86

Substitutes

12
G. GunnarsdóttirGudbjörg Gunnarsdóttir (GK)
16
BradleyLynn Bradley (GK)
13
ThorsteinsdóttirHarpa Thorsteinsdóttir
12
O'TooleOlivia Christin O'Toole
Substitution54
14
GrétarsdóttirEmbla Grétarsdóttir
13
HughesSonya Hughes
Substitution77
15
AtladóttirSif Atladóttir
14
BoyleSharon Boyle
16
E. ArnardóttirErla Steinunn Arnardóttir
15
ThomasDenise Anne Thomas
17
ÓmarsdóttirKatrín Ómarsdóttir
Substitution84
17
QuinnLouise Quinn
18
HönnudóttirRakel Hönnudóttir
18
RocheStephanie Roche
Substitution86

Coach

Sigurdur Eyjolfsson (ISL) Noel King (IRL)

Referee

Christine Baitinger (GER)

Assistant referees

Moiken Reichert (jung) (GER), Marina Wozniak (GER)

Fourth official

Oddbergur Eiriksson (ISL)

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