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Iceland down Czech Republic to top Group A

Published: Friday 12 June 2015, 23.15CET
Iceland 2-1 Czech Republic
Aron Gunnarsson and Kolbeinn Sigthórsson's goals helped the hosts win a top-of-the-table clash in Reykjavik to take control of Group A.
by Stefan Stefansson
from Laugardalsvöllur

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Match statistics

IcelandCzech Republic

Goals scored2
 
1
Possession (%)53
 
47
Total attempts9
 
9
on target5
 
3
off target3
 
5
blocked1
 
1
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners4
 
4
Offsides2
 
1
Yellow cards0
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed10
 
13
Fouls suffered13
 
9

Standings

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Published: Friday 12 June 2015, 23.15CET

Iceland down Czech Republic to top Group A

Iceland 2-1 Czech Republic
Aron Gunnarsson and Kolbeinn Sigthórsson's goals helped the hosts win a top-of-the-table clash in Reykjavik to take control of Group A.

Iceland go top of Group A by beating previous leaders
• Bořek Dočkal rifles visitors ahead before Aron Gunnarsson equalises
• Kolbeinn Sigthórsson's 76th-minute clincher makes it five wins from six
Hosts gain revenge for November defeat in Plzen by same scoreline
Next games: Netherlands v Iceland, Czech Republic v Kazakhstan (3 September)

Iceland are in charge of UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group A after coming from behind to defeat the Czech Republic in a top-of-the-section clash in Reykjavik.

Going into the game a point behind the Czech leaders, the hosts were out for revenge after dropping their only points of the campaign so far in Plzen in November. It did not look like they would get payback when Bořek Dočkal rifled in the opener from the edge of the area for the visitors in the 55th minute, but Aron Gunnarsson and Kolbeinn Sigthórsson both found the target to leave the home fans believing that a first appearance at a major finals is imminent.

With group supremacy at stake the pressure was palpable in the opening period, with both sides struggling to create chances. However, there were opportunities at either end for Tomáš Necid, who headed wide from close range, and Gylfi Sigurdsson, seeing a free-kick superbly saved by Petr Čech in the visiting goal.

Things opened up as the second half got under way and it was Heimir Hallgrímsson and Lars Lagerbäck's team doing the pressing, yet they were undone ten minutes after the restart. Necid held the ball up on the edge of the box and laid off to Dočkal, who lined up his sights and rocketed a right-footed drive into the top corner.

That merely served to fire up the Icelanders who were level five minutes later as Ari Skúlason lofted a ball over the Czech defence for his captain Gunnarsson to race on to and plant a header past Čech. Iceland cranked up the tempo and were rewarded 14 minutes from time, Sigthórsson pouncing on indecision in Pavel Vrba's defence to expertly round the goalkeeper and slip the winner into the net.

Last updated: 14/06/15 0.04CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013945/postmatch/report/index.html#iceland+group+a

Lineups

Iceland

Iceland

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

1
HalldórssonHannes Halldórsson (GK)
1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
2
B. SævarssonBirkir Sævarsson
4
KadeřábekPavel Kadeřábek
6
R. SigurdssonRagnar Sigurdsson
5
ProcházkaVáclav Procházka
7
GudmundssonJohann Gudmundsson
6
SivokTomáš Sivok
8
B. BjarnasonBirkir Bjarnason
7
NecidTomáš Necid
9
SigthórssonKolbeinn Sigthórsson
Goal76
Substitution90+3
8
LimberskýDavid Limberský
10
G. SigurdssonGylfi Sigurdsson
9
DočkalBořek Dočkal
Goal55
Substitution84
14
ÁrnasonKári Árnason
10
RosickýTomáš Rosický (C)
Yellow Card28
17
A. GunnarssonAron Gunnarsson (C)
Goal60
12
PilařVáclav Pilař
Substitution67
20
HallfredssonEmil Hallfredsson
Substitution63
13
PlašilJaroslav Plašil
23
A. SkúlasonAri Skúlason
15
VáchaLukáš Vácha
Substitution79

Substitutes

13
GunnleifssonGunnleifur Gunnleifsson (GK)
23
HruškaAleš Hruška (GK)
12
KristinssonÖgmundur Kristinsson (GK)
16
VaclíkTomáš Vaclík (GK)
3
JónassonHallgrímur Jónasson
2
Gebre SelassieTheodor Gebre Selassie
4
JónssonKristinn Jónsson
3
KadlecMichal Kadlec
5
OttesenSölvi Ottesen
11
KopicJan Kopic
11
FinnbogasonAlfred Finnbogason
14
V. KadlecVáclav Kadlec
15
BödvarssonJón Dadi Bödvarsson
Substitution63
17
SuchýMarek Suchý
16
SigurjónssonRúnar Már Sigurjónsson
18
KolářDaniel Kolář
18
E. BjarnasonElmar Bjarnason
19
KrejčíLadislav Krejčí
Substitution67
Yellow Card72
19
GíslasonRúrik Gíslason
Substitution90+3
20
KovaříkJan Kovařík
21
KjartanssonVidar Kjartansson
21
ŠkodaMilan Škoda
Substitution79
22
GudjohnsenEidur Gudjohnsen
22
DaridaVladimír Darida
Substitution84

Coach

Heimir Hallgrímsson (ISL) Pavel Vrba (CZE)

Referee

William Collum (SCO)

Assistant referees

Damien MacGraith (IRL), Francis Connor (SCO)

Fourth official

Alastair Mather (SCO)

Additional assistant referees

Bobby Madden (SCO), Kevin Clancy (SCO)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution