Laugardalsvöllur - Reykjavik 10/09/2013 - 21:00CET (19:00 local time)

Qualifying round - Group E

Iceland - Albania
2-1
 

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Iceland beat Albania to go second in Group E

Published: Tuesday 10 September 2013, 23.36CET
Iceland 2-1 Albania
Kolbeinn Sigthórsson struck the winner on 47 minutes as the home side rose to second place in qualifying Group E.
Iceland beat Albania to go second in Group E
Kolbeinn Sigthórsson scored Iceland's winner against Albania ©Action Images

Match statistics

Iceland
Albania

2

Goals scored

1

11

Total attempts

8

8

Attempts on target

2

3

off target

5

6

blocked

1

0

against woodwork

0

5

Corners

4

3

Offsides

7

1

Yellow cards

4

0

Red Cards

0

12

Fouls committed

18

18

Fouls suffered

12

Standings

Last updated: 11/09/2013 08:29 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

  
Published: Tuesday 10 September 2013, 23.36CET

Iceland beat Albania to go second in Group E

Iceland 2-1 Albania
Kolbeinn Sigthórsson struck the winner on 47 minutes as the home side rose to second place in qualifying Group E.

Iceland frustrated Switzerland for the second time in four days, their 2-1 win at home against Albania meaning that Ottmar Hitzfeld's side cannot be sure of winning FIFA World Cup qualifying Group E until October.

Iceland came from 4-1 down to secure a remarkable 4-4 draw in Berne on Friday and moved up to second place in this section after trailing to Albania. Birkir Bjarnason and Kolbeinn Sigthórsson responded with strikes after Valdet Rama had put Albania into a ninth-minute lead with an accurate shot.

It was a disappointing start for Lars Lagerbäck's side, but they responded admirably, Birkir Sævarsson picking out new UC Sampdoria signing  Bjarnason to finish from close range on 14 minutes. The turnaround was completed two minutes after the interval when Sigthórsson – one of the scorers in Berne – got a heel to another incisive Sævarsson pass.

The result leaves Iceland with a theoretical chance of stealing top spot from Switzerland, but a more tangible opportunity of making it to the play-offs, with games against Cyprus and Norway to come in October.

"We came looking for three points, ran like crazy and gave everything we had and got our reward for that: a well-earned victory," said AFC Ajax striker Sigthórsson.

Last updated: 08/05/14 4.15CET

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