The Icelandic men’s football team won its first game in the qualifying round for the 2010 World Championship yesterday by beating Macedonia by one goal at Laugardalsvöllur stadium in Reykjavík.
The only goal in the game was scored by Veigar Páll Gunnarsson of Iceland early in the first half, Morgunbladid reports.
“Now we have the chance again to qualify; it would have been a bit hopeless had we lost this game, so it was a very important victory,” Gunnarsson told Fréttabladid.
Iceland played well in the first half, but Macedonia played more aggressively during the second half of the game. According to Morgunbladid, they would have scored had it not been for a stroke of luck on Iceland’s behalf and a good performance by Iceland’s goalkeeper Gunnleifur Gunnleifsson.
Iceland now has four points on par with Scotland, who is in the same qualifying group, but is still in third place while Scotland is in second because Iceland has scored fewer goals.
The Netherlands has the most points in the group, followed by Scotland, Iceland and Macedonia. Norway is ranked the lowest team.
Click here to read about Iceland’s game against the Netherlands.