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France hit the spot against Iceland

Published: Monday 24 August 2009, 22.45CET
Iceland 1-3 France
France came from behind with the aid of two penalties, plus one missed by Iceland, to put themselves in a strong Group B position.
by Barry Johnston
from Tampere Stadium
France hit the spot against Iceland
Camille Abily celebrates her penalty equaliser ©Sportsfile

Match statistics

IcelandFrance

Goals scored1
 
3
Attempts on target4
 
16
Attempts off target1
 
0
Corners4
 
2
Fouls committed17
 
6
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group B(Host country: Finland)

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
Germany Germany11004043
France France11003123
Norway Norway100104-40
Iceland Iceland100113-20
Last updated: 19/04/2013 10:40 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Published: Monday 24 August 2009, 22.45CET

France hit the spot against Iceland

Iceland 1-3 France
France came from behind with the aid of two penalties, plus one missed by Iceland, to put themselves in a strong Group B position.

France overcame an early scare to prove their credentials as genuine contenders at UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™.

Comeback
A typically physical Iceland side surged into an early lead thanks to Hólmfrídur Magnúsdóttir. But two penalties, one dispatched by Camille Abily, the other by Sonia Bompastor before Louisa Nécib added a stunning third, put France in control of the Group B fixture and Iceland's Margrét Lára Vidarsdóttir missed a spot-kick of her own.

Dream start
Although France went on to top their section, Iceland were the only nation to defeat, or even score against, France in qualifying. And after just six minutes lightning struck again as Magnúsdóttir gave Iceland the perfect start to their nation's first fixture in any senior football finals. Margrét Lára Vidarsdóttir broke away down the right wing to create the opening with a delightful, teasing cross that evaded the clutches of France goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi and Magnúsdóttir headed in.

Perfect response
Iceland's lead lasted merely 12 minutes, however. France's pressure paid off after Edda Gardarsdóttir had fouled France captain Sandrine Soubeyrand in the box and Abily stepped up to convert the penalty with expert poise. If everything seemed to be falling into place for France following a tentative start, coach Bruno Bini would not have counted on two of his players succumbing to injury within just three minutes as the interval approached. Both defender Corine Franco and striker Candie Herbert had to be withdrawn, the latter nursing a deep cut to the head after an accidental collision with Iceland's Gudrún Gunnarsdóttir.

Lead increases
Despite the setbacks, France began the second half positively. Five minutes after the restart, Soubeyrand tested Iceland No1 Thora Helgadóttir with a curling 20-metre free-kick, and on 53 minutes Bini's side completed their comeback by edging into the lead courtesy of a second penalty kick. Ólína Gudbjörg Vidarsdóttir barged Élodie Thomis off the ball and this time Abily's fellow American-based colleague Bompastor stepped up to convert. France struck again on 67 minutes, but this time with a virtuoso open play effort from Nécib. The Olympique Lyonnais schemer turned outside Ólína Gudbjörg Viđarsdóttir on the edge of the box before flashing the ball home with a well-placed drive.

Bouhaddi saves
With 13 minutes left to play, Iceland glimpsed a way back into the game when Sabrina Viguier downed Dóra María Lárusdóttir to concede the third penalty of the night. However, unlike her France counterparts, Iceland's Margrét Lára Vidarsdóttir – the top overall scorer in qualification – failed to keep her cool and her effort was saved by Bouhaddi. It was the last chance her side would have to claw their way back.

Att: 1,460

Last updated: 27/03/13 5.36CET

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Lineups

Iceland

Iceland

France

France

1
HelgadóttirThóra Helgadóttir (GK)
16
BouhaddiSarah Bouhaddi (GK)
2
G.S. GunnarsdóttirGudrún Sóley Gunnarsdóttir
3
MeillerouxOphélie Meilleroux
3
Ó. VidarsdóttirÓlína Vidarsdóttir
Yellow Card17
4
GeorgesLaura Georges
4
GardarsdóttirEdda Gardarsdóttir
6
SoubeyrandSandrine Soubeyrand (C)
6
MagnúsdóttirHólmfrídur Magnúsdóttir
Goal6
Substitution89
7
FrancoCorine Franco
Substitution37
8
K. JónsdóttirKatrín Jónsdóttir (C)
8
BompastorSonia Bompastor
Goal53
9
M. VidarsdóttirMargrét Lára Vidarsdóttir
Penalty77
9
HerbertCandie Herbert
Substitution40
10
LárusdóttirDóra Maria Lárusdóttir
10
AbilyCamille Abily
Goal18
11
S. B. GunnarsdóttirSara Bjork Gunnarsdóttir
Substitution76
12
ThomisÉlodie Thomis
Yellow Card17
Substitution86
14
E. SigurdardóttirErna Sigurdardóttir
14
NecibLouisa Necib
Goal67
15
ÓmarsdóttirKatrín Ómarsdóttir
Substitution71
15
BussagliaÉlise Bussaglia

Substitutes

22
S. SigurdardóttirSandra Sigurdardóttir (GK)
1
DevilleCéline Deville (GK)
13
G. GunnarsdóttirGudbjörg Gunnarsdóttir (GK)
22
Stribick-BurckelLaëtitia Stribick-Burckel (GK)
5
ÁrnadóttirÁsta Árnadóttir
2
LepailleurLaure Lepailleur
7
StefánsdóttirDóra Stefánsdóttir
5
ViguierSabrina Viguier
Substitution37
12
ÓdinsdóttirGudný Björk Ódinsdóttir
11
TonazziLaëtitia Tonazzi
16
LogadóttirRakel Logadóttir
13
BretignySandrine Bretigny
Substitution40
17
E. ArnardóttirErla Steinunn Arnardóttir
Substitution76
17
ThineyGaëtane Thiney
18
HönnudóttirRakel Hönnudóttir
Substitution71
18
HenryAmandine Henry
19
AtladóttirSif Atladóttir
19
Le SommerEugénie Le Sommer
Substitution86
20
FridriksdóttirFanndís Fridriksdóttir
Substitution89
20
BlancDelphine Blanc
21
BjarnadóttirKristín Bjarnadóttir
21
DiguelmanLudivine Diguelman

Coach

Sigurdur Eyjolfsson (ISL) Bruno Bini (FRA)

Referee

Natalia Avdonchenko (RUS)

Assistant referees

Romina Santuari (ITA), Ella De Vries (BEL)

Fourth official

Yuliya Medvedeva-Keldyusheva (KAZ)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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