Stadiumi Kombëtar Qemal Stafa - Tirana 12/10/2012 - 19:00CET (19:00 local time)

Qualifying round - Group E

Albania - Iceland
1-2
 

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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

Albania
Iceland

1

Goals scored

2

6

Total attempts

4

3

Attempts on target

2

3

off target

2

0

blocked

0

0

against woodwork

0

3

Corners

1

1

Offsides

1

3

Yellow cards

3

0

Red Cards

0

10

Fouls committed

12

12

Fouls suffered

9

Lineups

Albania

Albania

Iceland

Iceland

1Ujkani (GK)12Halldórsson (GK)
2Lila6Steinsson
76
4Dallku8B. Bjarnason
19
85
5Cana (C)
61
10G. Sigurdsson
81
8Bulku11Gíslason
68
9Çani
29
73
85
14Árnason
51
15Mavraj16R. Sigurdsson
16Sadiku17A. Gunnarsson (C)
56
17G. Lika
75
19Finnbogason
90+2
19Meha
46
21Hallfredsson
20Kukeli
58
23A. Skúlason

Substitutes

12Berisha (GK)1Gunnleifsson (GK)
23Shehi (GK)22Björnsson (GK)
3Veliu2B. Sævarsson
68
6Çurri3Eyjólfsson
7Agolli5E. Jónsson
90+2
10Hyka7Gudmundsson
85
11Vila13Eiríksson
13Lilaj18Baldvinsson
14Arapi29A. Adalsteinsson
18Salihi
75
31Daníelsson
21Roshi
46
22Bogdani
85

Coaches

Giovanni de Biasi (ALB) Lars Lagerbäck (SWE)

Referee

Tony Asumaa (FIN)

Press kits

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
  
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: 08/05/14 7.35CET

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