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Historic Victory: Iceland’s Football Team Beats Norway

The Icelandic women’s football team beat Norway 3-1 in their first game in the Algarve Cup on Wednesday, which is the first time in football history that an Icelandic A-list women’s team has beat Norway.

Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir of Iceland was the best player of the game. She scored two goals while the third one was an own goal, Fréttabladid reports.

Norway won the last four games against Iceland with a score of 16-3. Norway ranks sixth on FIFA’s listing of the world’s strongest football teams and became world champions in 1995, European champions in 1987 and 1993 and Olympian champions in 2000.

This is the first time that the women’s national team in football beats a team that ranks so high; France ranked seventh when they lost against Iceland in summer 2007.

“The women’s national team hasn’t beaten such a strong opponent before,” confirmed their coach Sigurdur Ragnar Eyjólfsson. “Norway’s coach came to me after the game and said the victory had been well-earned and that we had an interesting team.”

“The defensive play was well-organized and we also created […] many more chances to score than Norway,” Eyjólfsson added. Since he began coaching the team in the beginning of 2007, they have won 14 out of 22 games.

Eyjólfsson stated Wednesday’s game proved that Iceland’s national team in women’s football is among the best in the world. “It was a great game. I’m very satisfied with the team in this game and how efficiently they work together. They have a lot of confidence and the future is bright.”

Today, Iceland plays against the US, who rank highest on the FIFA list and are the current Olympic champions. “We plan to win and there is no use to have too much respect for them,” Iceland’s captain Katrín Jónsdóttir told Morgunbladid.

In October 2008, the Icelandic women’s football team wrote a new chapter in Iceland’s sporting history when they beat Ireland 3-0 and qualified for the UEFA European Championship—the first Icelandic football team ever to achieve that goal.

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