Captain Glódís Perla Viggósdóttir expressed pride in the Women’s National Football team’s performance, despite a 2-0 loss to Germany. The team’s reaction after conceding a penalty was commendable, although they missed the chance to equalise.
Proud of the team’s performance
In a post-match interview with Vísir yesterday, Glódís Perla Viggósdóttir, Captain of the Women’s National Football team, stated that she was proud of the team’s performance despite a 0-2 loss against Germany: “They took their chances, and we didn’t. I think that’s what separated the two teams, first and foremost,” Glódís remarked. The game was part of the UEFA Women’s Nations League; Iceland sits in third place in Group A3, behind Germany and Denmark.
Despite the loss, she felt that the team had stuck to its game plan: “I felt we were successful in shutting them down, just as we had planned before the game. They weren’t getting many opportunities to cross the ball towards unmarked players inside the box – at least not as much as we had anticipated. I felt we were coming out on top in the one-on-one situations and close encounters during the game, really making our presence felt.”
Glódís also remarked that the team had reacted well to the concession of a penalty, noting that if the team had taken the opportunity to equalise, it could have altered the trajectory of the game. “Instead, we conceded another goal, which is not uncommon when you’re chasing. We were aiming for a point,” Glódís observed.
Penalty call questionable
As noted by Vísir, the Icelandic team was on the defensive for the majority of the game, which cost a lot of energy. “Of course, it requires a lot of energy,” Glódís stated. “The players, especially those in front of the back line, put in a lot of hard work. They made our job easier. I think they performed exceptionally well today.”
The German team took the lead in the second half with a goal from a penalty kick after goalkeeper Telma Ívarsdóttir was adjudged to have fouled Lea Schuller. Glódís is not convinced by the merits of the decision.
“I don’t know. I just heard Telma shout. I couldn’t see much, aside from Lea getting a free header. I don’t think it’s fair, for her to get a free header and a penalty. But like I said, I don’t know what happened. I think it was the wrong decision, but that’s how it is,” Glódís concluded by saying.