The Icelandic U-21 national team in men’s football beat England 2-1 in a friendly game in Preston yesterday evening, a welcome victory after a 3-2 loss against Ukraine on Thursday. Both games are part of the teams’ preparation for the European Championship in Denmark this summer.
The Icelandic A team in a game against England in 2003. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
In yesterday’s game the first goal was scored by Nathan Delfouenso for England in the 12th minute. Shortly before the end of the first half, in the 42nd minute, Arnór Smárason evened the score for Iceland. The winning goal was scored by Hólmar Örn Eyjólfsson 25 minutes before the end of the game, ruv.is.
Both of Iceland’s goals were scored after passes by Alfred Finnbogason, who Fréttabladid named the game’s best player.
“This victory must go down in history but we are in fact rewriting history every day,” Finnbogason commented, adding the team had been in great spirits after the game. “It isn’t every day that we beat England.”
Click here to read about the Icelandic women’s team who recently claimed second place at the Algarve Cup.