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Iceland aim for 13th time lucky against Germany

Germany have won all 12 of their meetings with Iceland, their best record against any nation, and their five competitive fixtures have produced 19 unanswered goals.

Inka Grings scores the only goal of the game for Germany against Iceland in the 2009 finals
Inka Grings scores the only goal of the game for Germany against Iceland in the 2009 finals ©Getty Images

Germany enjoy a perfect record from 12 games against Iceland, their best against any nation.

Head-to-head record
• In those 12 games, Germany have scored 48 goals and conceded just three.

• Five of those matches have been in the UEFA European Women's Championship – with Germany scoring 19 unanswered goals.

• They first met in a series of friendly games, West Germany winning 4-1 and 5-0 in Iceland in July 1986 and 5-0 and 3-2 at home in September 1987.

• They did not meet again until four matches in 1996. Germany won home friendlies 8-0 and 3-0 that June and three months later they were matched in 1997 UEFA Women's EURO qualifying, Iceland losing 3-0 at home and 4-0 away to the eventual champions.

• Drawn together again in 2001 qualifying, Germany won 5-0 at home and 6-0 away.

Selected previous meeting
30 August 2009: Germany 1-0 Iceland (Grings 50) – Tampere Stadium, Tampere, UEFA Women's EURO 2009 group stage
Angerer, B Schmidt, Krahn, Hingst, Peter, Fuss (Stegemann), Laudehr, Mittag, Prinz (Grings 46; Da Mbabi 59), Bajramaj, M Müller.
Iceland: G Gunnarsdóttir, GS Gunnarsdóttir, Ó Vidarsdóttir, Gardarsdóttir, Magnúsdóttir (Arnardóttir 71), SB Gunnarsdóttir, K Jónsdóttir, M Vidarsdóttir, Lárusdóttir (Hönnudóttir 71), Ómarsdóttir (Fridriksdóttir 87), Atladóttir.

• Iceland's debut finals appearances was already certain to end in elimination when they ended Group B against Germany, who were already through after beating Norway 4-0 and France 5-1.

• Inka Grings was originally rested but came off the bench to score before suffering a knee injury.

• They most recently met in their 2012 Algarve Cup opener, eventual winners Germany defeating Iceland 1-0 through Anja Mittag.

• In the 2003/04 UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship second qualifying round in Poland, Silvia Neid's Germany beat Iceland 5-1: Margrét Lára Vidarsdóttir opened the scoring for Iceland but Annike Krahn, Mittag (2), Lena Goessling and Melanie Behringer turned the game. Also in that Iceland side were Gudbjörg Gunnarsdóttir, Dóra Maria Lárusdóttir, Sif Atladóttir and Harpa Thorsteinsdóttir.

Form guide
• Germany's run of 19 successive victories at UEFA Women's EURO finals since a group stage was introduced in 1991 came to an end as they were held to a goalless draw by the Netherlands at the Växjö Arena on Thursday.

• Germany have not lost a UEFA European Women's Championship fixture since a 3-1 home qualifying defeat by Norway on 2 May 1996. The 58-game unbeaten run features 52 wins and six draws.

• Although Germany's run of 39 straight UEFA Women's EURO victories and 36 consecutive major qualifying victories, going back to November 1999, was ended in November 2011 by a 2-2 draw in Spain, they dropped no other points and ended eight clear in Group 2.

• Their goal tally from ten games was a typically impressive 64-3 (the next highest was Spain's 43) and included a joint tournament record 17-0 defeat of Kazakhstan a week before the Spain trip.

• Célia Okoyino da Mbabi was qualifying top scorer on 17 goals and is only one away from equalling the tournament record of 18 set by Patricia Brocker in Germany's 1995 triumph.

• Germany are aiming for a sixth straight success in the competition, a run which includes the golden goal defeat of Sweden in the 2001 final.

• Margrét Lára Vidarsdóttir scored an 87th-minute penalty to earn Iceland a 1-1 draw with Norway in their opening Group B fixture in Kalmar on Thursday. Sigurdur Eyjolfsson's side bounced back from falling behind to Kristine Hegland's 26th-minute strike to claim their first-ever UEFA Women's EURO finals point.

• Iceland qualified for their first major tournament in reaching UEFA Women's EURO 2009 but lost all three group games. This time, having been pipped in their qualifying group by Norway, they overcame Ukraine in the play-offs.

Team ties
• Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir is a club-mate of Mittag at FC Malmö.

• Vidarsdóttir had a short spell in Germany at FCR 2001 Duisburg in 2006, alongside Simone Laudehr and Krahn. Six years later she had a stint at 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam, playing with Bianca Schmidt.

• Germany and Icelandic clubs have met six times in the UEFA Women's Champions League/UEFA Women's Cup and the Frauen Bundesliga sides have won them all, scoring 41 goals.

• In 2011/12 Potsdam were 6-0 winners at Thór/KA before an 8-2 home triumph in the round of 32. Rakel Hönnudóttir and Sandra Jessen lined up for Thór while Schmidt, Tabea Kemme and Mittag took part for Potsdam. In the return Mittag struck twice and Schmidt was also on target.

• Mittag has scored six goals against Icelandic clubs having scored in both legs for Potsdam against Valur Reykjavík in the 2005/06 quarter-finals (8-0 away, 11-1 home).

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