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

Lineups

Slovenia

Slovenia

Iceland

Iceland

1Handanovič (GK)12Halldórsson (GK)
2Brečko2B. Sævarsson
5Cesar (C)5Ottesen
57
6B. Ilič8B. Bjarnason
7Krhin
79
9Sigthórsson
90+2
8Kurtič10G. Sigurdsson
55
78
90+3
9Ljubijankič
65
11Finnbogason
46
10Birsa
52
16R. Sigurdsson
11Novakovič
29
34
17A. Gunnarsson (C)
13Jokić21Hallfredsson
76
18Radosavljevič23A. Skúlason

Substitutes

12J. Handanovič (GK)1Gunnleifsson (GK)
16Oblak (GK)20Kristinsson (GK)
3Rajčevič3Jónasson
4Šuler4A. Adalsteinsson
14Dedič
79
6Thorsteinsson
15Andraž Struna7Gudmundsson
46
69
17Lazarevič
52
13Eyjólfsson
19Mertelj14Skúlason
20Bačinović15Daníelsson
90+2
21Cvijanovič22Gudjohnsen
76
22Maroh
23Matavž
65

Coaches

Srečko Katanec (SVN) Lars Lagerbäck (SWE)

Referee

Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)

Press kits

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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