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Gudjohnsen propels Iceland to Kazakhstan win

Published: Saturday 28 March 2015, 17.52CET
Kazakhstan 0-3 Iceland
Eidur Gudjohnsen's first international goal since September 2009 helped the visitors keep up the pressure at the top of Group A.

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Match statistics

KazakhstanIceland

Goals scored0
3
Possession (%)51
 
49
Total attempts11
 
14
on target4
 
7
off target4
 
6
blocked3
 
1
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners3
 
3
Offsides0
1
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
13
Fouls suffered13
 
11

Standings

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Published: Saturday 28 March 2015, 17.52CET

Gudjohnsen propels Iceland to Kazakhstan win

Kazakhstan 0-3 Iceland
Eidur Gudjohnsen's first international goal since September 2009 helped the visitors keep up the pressure at the top of Group A.

Returning Eidur Gudjohnsen marks 79th international appearance with 26th goal
The 36-year-old's first Iceland strike since September 2009
Birkir Bjarnason heads second; his late shot is deflected in for Iceland's third
Kazakhstan still without a win; Iceland has 12 points from five games
Next qualifiers: Kazakhstan v Turkey, Iceland v Czech Republic (12 June)

Eidur Gudjohnsen marked his return to international football with a tidy finish as Iceland were comfortable winners in Kazakhstan in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group A.

Tempted out of retirement, the Bolton Wanderers FC striker slotted away Iceland's opener in the 20th minute, Birkir Bjarnason heading in their second and adding a crowning third in the final seconds as his side moved on to 12 points. Kazakhstan made more of a fight of it after the interval, but a Renat Abdulin header that came back off the woodwork was to be their most tangible reward.

Watch reaction: Lars Lagerbäck

Goalkeeper Andrei Sidelnikov's misplaced clearance let Iceland in for their first goal. It went straight to Johann Gudmundsson, who chested down and slipped the ball in for Gudjohnsen, and the 36-year-old took a touch before finding the net. Iceland's second was also straightforward, Bjarnason rising unmarked to convert Gylfi Sigurdsson's free-kick.

Kári Árnason might have made it 3-0 before the break, heading off target from a Sigurdsson corner, but Kazakhstan showed more spirit in the second period. Abdulin headed against the upright from Bauyrzhan Islamkhan's free-kick just after the hour, the ball bouncing back off Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldórsson before being cleared to safety.

Bjarnason scored Iceland's third a minute into added time, his effort from the edge of the box taking a huge deflection off Yermek Kuantayev.

Last updated: 02/06/15 3.17CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013927/postmatch/report/index.html#iceland+kazakhstan

Lineups

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan

Iceland

Iceland

22
SidelnikovAndrei Sidelnikov (GK)
1
HalldórssonHannes Halldórsson (GK)
3
GurmanMark Gurman
Substitution67
2
B. SævarssonBirkir Sævarsson
4
VorotnikovIlia Vorotnikov
6
R. SigurdssonRagnar Sigurdsson
5
AbdulinRenat Abdulin
Substitution80
7
GudmundssonJohann Gudmundsson
8
SmakovSamat Smakov (C)
8
B. BjarnasonBirkir Bjarnason
Goal32
Goal90+1
9
IslamkhanBauyrzhan Islamkhan
9
SigthórssonKolbeinn Sigthórsson
Substitution70
10
TagybergenAskhat Tagybergen
10
G. SigurdssonGylfi Sigurdsson
13
NurgaliyevAzat Nurgaliyev
Yellow Card55
Substitution56
14
ÁrnasonKári Árnason
16
SuyumbayevGafurzhan Suyumbayev
17
A. GunnarssonAron Gunnarsson (C)
Substitution72
17
TazhimbetovDaurenbek Tazhimbetov
22
GudjohnsenEidur Gudjohnsen
Goal20
Substitution83
23
LogvinenkoYuri Logvinenko
23
A. SkúlasonAri Skúlason
Yellow Card63

Substitutes

1
PlotnikovVladimir Plotnikov (GK)
13
I. JónssonIngvar Jónsson (GK)
12
PokatilovStas Pokatilov (GK)
12
KristinssonÖgmundur Kristinsson (GK)
2
KuantayevYermek Kuantayev
Substitution67
Yellow Card70
3
JónassonHallgrímur Jónasson
6
Y. AkhmetovYeldos Akhmetov
4
H. MagnússonHordur Magnússon
7
KonysbayevUlan Konysbayev
Substitution56
5
FjólusonJón Gudni Fjóluson
11
SchetkinAleksei Schetkin
Substitution80
11
FinnbogasonAlfred Finnbogason
Substitution83
14
ZhangylyshbayToktar Zhangylyshbay
15
BödvarssonJón Dadi Bödvarsson
Substitution70
15
BeysebekovAbzal Beysebekov
16
PálssonGudlaugur Pálsson
18
ShomkoDmitri Shomko
18
HaukssonHaukur Heidar Hauksson
19
DarabayevAslan Darabayev
19
GíslasonRúrik Gíslason
20
KhizhnichenkoSergei Khizhnichenko
20
HallfredssonEmil Hallfredsson
Substitution72
21
KozhamberdyZhakyp Kozhamberdy
21
KjartanssonVidar Kjartansson

Coach

Yuri Krasnozhan (RUS) Heimir Hallgrímsson (ISL)

Referee

Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)

Assistant referees

Damianos Efthimiadis (GRE), Polychronis Kostaras (GRE)

Fourth official

Christos Akrivos (GRE)

Additional assistant referees

Michael Koukoulakis (GRE), Ilias Spathas (GRE)

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