Qualifying round (Group E) - 12/10/2012 - 19:00CET (19:00 local time) - Stadiumi Kombëtar Qemal Stafa - Tirana
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Iceland break through amid Tirana torrent

Published: Friday 12 October 2012, 21.52CET
Albania 1-2 Iceland
Gylfi Sigurdsson fired in a free-kick nine minutes from time as Iceland edged a game held up by torrential rain at the Stadiumi Kombëtar Qemal Stafa.
by Stefán Stefánsson
Iceland break through amid Tirana torrent
Gylfi Sigurdsson (R) scored the decisive goal in Tirana ©Getty Images

Match statistics

AlbaniaIceland

Goals scored1
 
2
Total attempts6
 
4
Attempts on target3
 
2
off target3
 
2
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners3
 
1
Offsides1
 
1
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed10
 
12
Fouls suffered12
 
9

Standings

Last updated: 18/04/2013 19:13 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
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Published: Friday 12 October 2012, 21.52CET

Iceland break through amid Tirana torrent

Albania 1-2 Iceland
Gylfi Sigurdsson fired in a free-kick nine minutes from time as Iceland edged a game held up by torrential rain at the Stadiumi Kombëtar Qemal Stafa.

Gylfi Sigurdsson struck nine minutes from time as Iceland got their FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign back on track amid torrential rain in Albania.

Birkir Bjarnason and Edgar Çani exchanged first-half goals but it was talk of the weather at the Stadiumi Kombëtar Qemal Stafa that dominated discussions at the interval. The restart was delayed and it seemed to favour the visitors more. They gained their reward when Sigurdsson stepped up with a free-kick having been brought down just outside the box.

With the pitch so soggy much of the action took place in the air, and Iceland's opener on 19 minutes came after three headers following a throw-in. Bjarnason got the last of them, and though Samir Ujkani stopped his effort, the midfielder poked in the rebound. Albania's equaliser also had aerial origins as Alban Meha's cross was met by Çani.

After a 30-minute half-time break Iceland, who lost 1-0 to Cyprus last time out in Group E, ramped up the pressure. Tottenham Hotspur FC's Sigurdsson eventually broke through to move Lars Lagerbäck's men three points clear of their opponents.

Last updated: 13/10/12 11.37CET

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Lineup

Albania

Albania

Iceland

Iceland

1Samir Ujkani (GK)12Hannes Halldórsson (GK)
2Andi Lila6Grétar Steinsson
Yellow Card76
4Armend Dallku8Birkir Bjarnason
Goal19
Substitution85
5Lorik Cana (C)
Yellow Card61
10Gylfi Sigurdsson
Goal81
8Ervin Bulku11Rúrik Gíslason
Substitution68
9Edgar Çani
Goal29
Yellow Card73
Substitution85
14Kári Árnason
Yellow Card51
15Mërgim Mavraj16Ragnar Sigurdsson
16Armando Sadiku17Aron Gunnarsson (C)
Yellow Card56
17Gilman Lika
Substitution75
19Alfred Finnbogason
Substitution90+2
19Alban Meha
Substitution46
21Emil Hallfredsson
20Burim Kukeli
Yellow Card58
23Ari Skúlason

Substitutes

12Etrit Berisha (GK)1Gunnleifur Gunnleifsson (GK)
23Orges Shehi (GK)22Haraldur Björnsson (GK)
3Franc Veliu2Birkir Sævarsson
Substitution68
6Debatik Curri3Hólmar Eyjólfsson
7Ansi Agolli5Eggert Jónsson
Substitution90+2
10Jahmir Hyka7Johann Gudmundsson
Substitution85
11Emilian Vila13Bjarni Eiríksson
13Sabien Lilaj18Gudjon Baldvinsson
14Renato Arapi29Arnór Adalsteinsson
18Hamdi Salihi
Substitution75
31Helgi Daníelsson
21Odise Roshi
Substitution46
22Erjon Bogdani
Substitution85

Coach

Giovanni de Biasi (ITA) Lars Lagerbäck (SWE)

Referee

Tony Asumaa (FIN)

Assistant referees

Matti Heininen (FIN), Marko Hänninen (FIN)

Fourth official

Jari Järvinen (FIN)

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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