ŠRC Stožice - Ljubljana 22/03/2013 - 18:00CET (18:00 local time)

Qualifying round - Group E

Slovenia - Iceland
1-2
 

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Sigurdsson double earns Iceland comeback win

Published: Friday 22 March 2013, 20.40CET
Slovenia 1-2 Iceland 
A second-half double from midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson secured the visitors back-to-back away victories and lifted them into second in Group E.
by Rok Šinkovc
from ŠRC Stožice
Sigurdsson double earns Iceland comeback win
Iceland midfielder Birkir Bjarnason is challenged by Slovenia's Bojan Jokić ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

Slovenia
Iceland

1

Goals scored

2

17

Total attempts

8

6

Attempts on target

3

7

off target

1

0

blocked

0

0

against woodwork

0

12

Corners

2

1

Offsides

1

1

Yellow cards

3

0

Red Cards

0

13

Fouls committed

14

14

Fouls suffered

13

Standings

Last updated: 18/04/2013 20:17 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Published: Friday 22 March 2013, 20.40CET

Sigurdsson double earns Iceland comeback win

Slovenia 1-2 Iceland 
A second-half double from midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson secured the visitors back-to-back away victories and lifted them into second in Group E.

Iceland staged a spirited second-half comeback to win in Slovenia and move second in FIFA World Cup qualifying Group E.

Lars Lagerbäck's team were made to work hard for their second consecutive away victory after falling behind to Milivoje Novakovič's 34th-minute opener in Ljubljana. Tottenham Hotspur FC midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson restored parity shortly after the restart and the same player completed the turnaround 12 minutes from time.

As for Slovenia, coach Srečko Katanec returned to the dugout for a competitive game for the first time in over a decade. His homecoming sparked a positive reaction just past the half-hour as Novakovič darted towards the penalty area and found the bottom corner with a sweetly struck shot. The home team proceeded to dictate the tempo until they were undone by a moment of individual brilliance from Sigurdsson ten minutes into the second period.

From 25 metres out, the cultured midfielder found the top corner with a stunning free-kick to draw Iceland level and stun the home crowd into silence. Dejan Lazarevič and Jasmin Kurtić both spurned opportunities to restore the Slovenian lead and the hosts were made to pay for their profligacy when Sigurdsson tapped in from close range to take the points to Iceland, who climb to third in the section.

Last updated: 08/05/14 6.10CET

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Lineups

Slovenia

Slovenia

Iceland

Iceland

1Samir Handanovič (GK)12Hannes Halldórsson (GK)
2Mišo Brečko2Birkir Sævarsson
5Boštjan Cesar (C)5Sölvi Ottesen
Yellow Card57
6Branko Ilič8Birkir Bjarnason
7René Krhin
Substitution79
9Kolbeinn Sigthórsson
Substitution90+2
8Jasmin Kurtič10Gylfi Sigurdsson
Goal55
Goal78
Yellow Card90+3
9Zlatan Ljubijankič
Substitution65
11Alfred Finnbogason
Substitution46
10Valter Birsa
Substitution52
16Ragnar Sigurdsson
11Milivoje Novakovič
Yellow Card29
Goal34
17Aron Gunnarsson (C)
13Bojan Jokić21Emil Hallfredsson
Substitution76
18Aleksandar Radosavljevič23Ari Skúlason

Substitutes

12Jasmin Handanovič (GK)1Gunnleifur Gunnleifsson (GK)
16Jan Oblak (GK)20Ögmundur Kristinsson (GK)
3Aleksander Rajčevič3Hallgrímur Jónasson
4Marko Šuler4Arnór Adalsteinsson
14Zlatko Dedič
Substitution79
6Steinthor Thorsteinsson
15Andraž Struna7Johann Gudmundsson
Substitution46
Yellow Card69
17Dejan Lazarevič
Substitution52
13Hólmar Eyjólfsson
19Aleš Mertelj14Ólafur Skúlason
20Armin Bačinović15Helgi Daníelsson
Substitution90+2
21Goran Cvijanovič22Eidur Gudjohnsen
Substitution76
22Dominic Maroh
23Tim Matavž
Substitution65

Coach

Srečko Katanec (SVN) Lars Lagerbäck (SWE)

Referee

Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)

Assistant referees

Dimitrios Saraidaris (GRE), Leonidas Vasileiadis (GRE)

Fourth official

Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

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