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Brave Iceland go down fighting

Published: Sunday 30 August 2009, 23.17CET
Germany 1-0 Iceland
Inka Grings' winner maintained Germany's 100 per cent record in Group B as Iceland ended their debut finals empty-handed.
by Barry Johnston
from Tampere
Brave Iceland go down fighting
Inka Grings scores the only goal of the game ©Getty Images

Match statistics

GermanyIceland

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target19
 
3
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners10
 
2
Fouls committed8
 
12
Yellow cards0
1
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group B(Host country: Finland)

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
Germany Germany330010199
France France311157-24
Norway Norway311125-34
Iceland Iceland300315-40
Last updated: 19/04/2013 10:40 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Published: Sunday 30 August 2009, 23.17CET

Brave Iceland go down fighting

Germany 1-0 Iceland
Inka Grings' winner maintained Germany's 100 per cent record in Group B as Iceland ended their debut finals empty-handed.

Substitute Inka Grings' second-half winner maintained Germany's 100 per cent record in UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ Group B as Iceland ended their debut finals empty-handed.

Multiple changes
Coach Siggi Eyjólfsson fielded a full-strength side for their final match of the section but, despite a spirited display, Iceland were unable to register their first points of the tournament. Germany trainer Silvia Neid made six changes to the team that beat France 5-1 on Matchday 2 to secure first position in the section as she opted to give several squad members some valuable playing time.

Early warning
However, if Germany were fielding a depleted side, there was little sign of it on ten minutes when Martina Müller, deputising for Grings in attack, came within centimetres of opening the scoring in a move that only emphasised the depth of quality in Neid's squad. The VfL Wolfsburg striker exchanged a neat one-two with Anja Mittag before launching a 25-metre drive that, to Iceland's relief, rebounded off the underside of the crossbar into the welcoming grasp of goalkeeper Gudbjörg Gunnarsdóttir.

Interval switch
Chances elsewhere were few and far between, though, with Germany's largely unchanged backline successfully keeping Iceland's forwards at bay. After a goalless first half, Neid introduced Grings for Birgit Prinz and, just five minutes after taking the field, she opened the scoring with her second goal of the final tournament.

Grings impact
Like a dart into the heart of the Iceland defence, Grings burst into the penalty area to flash a low, 12-metre shot off the post. Eyjólfsson's side failed to clear the danger fully, though, as the ball broke to Fatmire Bajramaj wide on the left and she fired it back into the area for Grings to bravely score. That was the last part the FCR 2001 Duisburg striker would play in the match, her 14-minute cameo ended by Neid, presumably as a precautionary measure after an accidental clash with goalkeeper Gunnarsdóttir in opening the scoring.

Not enough
Iceland had their chances later in the second half, with Hólmfrídur Magnúsdóttir breaking through on goal only to be denied by Germany No1 Nadine Angerer on 64 minutes, before leading striker Margrét Lára Vidarsdóttir shot wide from a similar situation soon after. Eleven minutes from time, they came closer still to the goal they so desperately wanted when Katrín Jónsdóttir headed goalwards from another superb Edda Gardarsdóttir corner kick, only for Babett Peter to clear off the line and end Iceland's hopes.

Attendance: 3,101

Last updated: 27/03/13 5.31CET

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Lineups

Germany

Germany

Iceland

Iceland

1
AngererNadine Angerer (GK)
13
G. GunnarsdóttirGudbjörg Gunnarsdóttir (GK)
3
BartusiakSaskia Bartusiak
2
G.S. GunnarsdóttirGudrún Sóley Gunnarsdóttir
4
PeterBabett Peter
3
Ó. VidarsdóttirÓlína Vidarsdóttir
5
KrahnAnnike Krahn
4
GardarsdóttirEdda Gardarsdóttir
6
LaudehrSimone Laudehr
6
MagnúsdóttirHólmfrídur Magnúsdóttir
Substitution71
9
PrinzBirgit Prinz (C)
Substitution46
8
K. JónsdóttirKatrín Jónsdóttir (C)
11
MittagAnja Mittag
9
M. VidarsdóttirMargrét Lára Vidarsdóttir
15
FussSonja Fuss
Substitution46
10
LárusdóttirDóra Maria Lárusdóttir
Substitution71
16
MüllerMartina Müller
11
S. B. GunnarsdóttirSara Bjork Gunnarsdóttir
17
HingstAriane Hingst
15
ÓmarsdóttirKatrín Ómarsdóttir
Substitution87
19
BajramajFatmire Bajramaj
19
AtladóttirSif Atladóttir
Yellow Card49

Substitutes

12
HollUrsula Holl (GK)
1
HelgadóttirThóra Helgadóttir (GK)
21
WeißLisa Weiß (GK)
22
S. SigurdardóttirSandra Sigurdardóttir (GK)
2
StegemannKerstin Stegemann
Substitution46
5
ÁrnadóttirÁsta Árnadóttir
7
BehringerMelanie Behringer
7
StefánsdóttirDóra Stefánsdóttir
8
GringsInka Grings
Substitution46
Goal50
Substitution59
12
ÓdinsdóttirGudný Björk Ódinsdóttir
10
BresonikLinda Bresonik
14
E. SigurdardóttirErna Sigurdardóttir
13
Okoyino Da MbabiCélia Okoyino da Mbabi
Substitution59
16
LogadóttirRakel Logadóttir
14
KuligKim Kulig
17
E. ArnardóttirErla Steinunn Arnardóttir
Substitution71
18
GarefrekesKerstin Garefrekes
18
HönnudóttirRakel Hönnudóttir
Substitution71
20
ZietzJennifer Zietz
20
FridriksdóttirFanndís Fridriksdóttir
Substitution87
22
SchmidtBianca Schmidt
21
BjarnadóttirKristín Bjarnadóttir

Coach

Silvia Neid (GER) Sigurdur Eyjolfsson (ISL)

Referee

Kirsi Heikkinen (FIN)

Assistant referees

Tonja Paavola (FIN), Corinne Nadine Lagrange (FRA)

Fourth official

Efthalia Mitsi (GRE)

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