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Latvia rally from two down against Iceland

Published: Saturday 10 October 2015, 20.29CET
Iceland 2-2 Latvia
Trailing 2-0 at the break, Latvia stunned their already-qualified hosts with second-half goals from Aleksandrs Cauņa and Valērijs Šabala.
by Stefán Stefánsson
from Laugardalsvöllur

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Match statistics

IcelandLatvia

Goals scored2
 
2
Possession (%)56
 
44
Total attempts17
 
17
on target7
 
7
off target5
 
9
blocked5
 
1
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners3
 
4
Offsides1
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed15
 
20
Fouls suffered20
 
14

Standings

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Published: Saturday 10 October 2015, 20.29CET

Latvia rally from two down against Iceland

Iceland 2-2 Latvia
Trailing 2-0 at the break, Latvia stunned their already-qualified hosts with second-half goals from Aleksandrs Cauņa and Valērijs Šabala.

  • Winless Latvia recover from 2-0 down to record their fourth away draw in Group A
  • Iceland take an early lead through captain Kolbeinn Sigthórsson
  • Gylfi Sigurdsson doubles the hosts' advantage before the half-hour mark
  • Aleksandrs Cauņa halves the visitors' arrears; Valērijs Šabala volleys the equaliser
  • Final games: Latvia v Kazakhstan, Turkey v Iceland (Tuesday)

Iceland, who booked their place at UEFA EURO 2016 last month, were given a reality check as Latvia recovered from two goals down at half-time to earn a draw in the teams' penultimate Group A qualifier.

While Latvia dominated the second period and deservedly left Reykjavik with their fifth point of a winless campaign, Iceland were on top throughout the first 45 minutes. Their strong start paid dividends when captain Kolbeinn Sigthórsson followed up to score after goalkeeper Andris Vaņins had beaten out Gylfi Sigurdsson's early free-kick.

Sigurdsson made it 2-0 when, after picking up possession in midfield, he ran unchallenged towards the Latvia penalty area and found the bottom right-hand corner of Vaņins' goal with a well-placed shot.

On course for their seventh victory in the section, Iceland saw their fortunes reversed after the restart. Such was Latvia's superiority that Lars Lagerbäck and Heimir Hallgrímsson's men did not have a significant effort on goal until Birkir Sævarsson tested Vaņins at his near post in added time.

By then it was 2-2, Aleksandrs Cauņa, teed up by Aleksejs Višņakovs, having begun the fightback with a close-range strike that went in off the upright. Marians Pahars' visitors restored parity midway through the half via Valērijs Šabala's fine volley, the 20-year-old meeting Deniss Rakels's right-wing cross and diverting the ball beyond Hannes Halldórsson.

Last updated: 12/10/15 0.03CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2014039/postmatch/report/index.html#latvia+reel+iceland

Lineups

Iceland

Iceland

Latvia

Latvia

1
HalldórssonHannes Halldórsson (GK)
1
VaņinsAndris Vaņins (GK)
2
B. SævarssonBirkir Sævarsson
2
MaksimenkoVitālijs Maksimenko
Yellow Card75
6
R. SigurdssonRagnar Sigurdsson
Yellow Card78
4
DubraKaspars Dubra
7
GudmundssonJohann Gudmundsson
6
GabovsVladislavs Gabovs
8
B. BjarnasonBirkir Bjarnason
7
A. VišņakovsAleksejs Višņakovs
Substitution65
9
SigthórssonKolbeinn Sigthórsson (C)
Goal5
8
CauņaAleksandrs Cauņa
Goal49
10
G. SigurdssonGylfi Sigurdsson
Goal27
10
ŠabalaValērijs Šabala
Goal68
11
FinnbogasonAlfred Finnbogason
Yellow Card23
Substitution65
13
GorkšsKaspars Gorkšs (C)
14
ÁrnasonKári Árnason
Substitution18
15
RakelsDeniss Rakels
20
HallfredssonEmil Hallfredsson
16
TarasovsIgors Tarasovs
Yellow Card57
Substitution77
23
A. SkúlasonAri Skúlason
17
ZjuzinsArtūrs Zjuzins
Substitution85

Substitutes

13
GunnleifssonGunnleifur Gunnleifsson (GK)
12
IkstensKaspars Ikstens (GK)
12
KristinssonÖgmundur Kristinsson (GK)
23
ŠteinborsPāvels Šteinbors (GK)
3
JónassonHallgrímur Jónasson
3
KurakinsAntons Kurakins
4
JónssonKristinn Jónsson
5
LaizānsOļegs Laizāns
Substitution77
5
OttesenSölvi Ottesen
Substitution18
9
KarašausksArtūrs Karašausks
Substitution65
15
BödvarssonJón Dadi Bödvarsson
11
E. VišņakovsEduards Višņakovs
16
SkúlasonÓlafur Skúlason
14
IkaunieksJānis Ikaunieks
Substitution85
17
Eyjólfsson Hólmar Eyjólfsson
18
FertovsAleksandrs Fertovs
18
E. BjarnasonElmar Bjarnason
19
JagodinskisVitālijs Jagodinskis
19
GíslasonRúrik Gíslason
20
KamešsVladimirs Kamešs
21
KjartanssonVidar Kjartansson
21
FreimanisGints Freimanis
22
GudjohnsenEidur Gudjohnsen
Substitution65
22
KozlovsIgors Kozlovs

Coach

Heimir Hallgrímsson (ISL) Marians Pahars (LVA)

Referee

Aleksei Eskov (RUS)

Assistant referees

Dmitri Mosyakin (RUS), Valeri Danchenko (RUS)

Fourth official

Nikolai Golubev (RUS)

Additional assistant referees

Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS), Aleksei Nikolaev (RUS)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution