Iceland Loses World Cup Qualifier Against Germany

The Icelandic women’s football team lost their World Cup qualifying match against Germany on Saturday, with a final score of 2 – 0, RÚV reports. If the team is going to have a shot at qualifying for their first World Cup ever, then, it’s imperative they win against the Czech Republic on Tuesday.

Iceland went into the match at the top of Group 5, with 16 points. Germany was ranked second in the group with 15 points. Had Iceland won, they could have been certain of a direct qualification. Only the group winners will go directly through to the next round, while the four best-ranked teams from the European qualifiers will have to go through additional playoffs.

Iceland started their sold-out homefield match looking strong, keeping the pressure on their opponents and preventing them from seeing much of the ball. As the first half progressed, Germany slowly won more possession but Iceland’s defense remained strong until the 42nd minute, when Svenja Huth scored. The first half ended 0 – 1, Germany.

Germany came out looking much stronger at the start of the second half, while Iceland had trouble keeping possession of the ball or making any goal opportunities for themselves. Svenja Huth then scored a second goal in the 74th minute. The final score was 0 – 2, Germany. The result puts Germany in first place in Group 5, with 18 points, while Iceland falls to second place with 16.

Germany’s last group match will be against the Faroe Islands, a game they are expected to win easily. As such, they will almost definitely go straight through to the next round. If Iceland wants a chance at the play-offs, then, they have to win against the Czech Republic on Tuesday.

Dairy Prices Increase

icelandic cows

The price of wholesale milk and dairy products was raised 4.86% on September 1, RÚV reports. The price increase was put into effect by the Livestock Pricing Committee appointed by the Ministry of Industry and Innovation.

Increasing the price of wholesale dairy will, of course, affect prices at the consumer level. The price of butter, for instance, will go up by 15%. Mbl.is notes that the price for a liter of milk will increase by 4.8% (6 krónur), bringing it to ISK 132 ($1.23/€1.06) per litre.

The increase will undoubtedly be welcomed by dairy farmers, who will now be able to sell milk at a minimum increase of 3.52%. This increases their sale price from a minimum of ISK 87.40 to ISK 90.48.

The last price change to dairy products was made on January 1, 2017 as a result of rising milk production and processing costs. Since then, it’s been calculated that the dairy farmer’s production and distribution costs have increased by 7.14%.

The price increase was opposed by a representative of the Minister of Social Affairs and Equality but was unanimously approved by the remaining five members of the pricing committee.