The Icelandic national team in women’s football is through to the quarter-finals in the UEFA Women’s EURO 2013 competition after beating the Netherlands 1-0 in Sweden yesterday. The result is the best ever for the Icelandic national team. Fréttablaðið reports.
Archive photo: Geir Ólafsson/Iceland Review.
Captain Katrín Jónsdóttir told uefa.com that she was “extremely proud” of the team’s achievement. “Like the rest of the team, I’m just speechless. Our goal was to get to the quarter-finals. Some of the results earlier this year haven’t been that great, so we had small expectations but we knew we could make the last eight and we proved that today,” she said.
Dutch defender Anouk Hoogendijk said the team had worked hard and were naturally disappointed. “I know it’s not the end of the world but today it feels like the end of the world. We’re so disappointed. We worked so hard and so long for this and we didn’t show how good we are, so next time we need to do better.”
Iceland drew against Norway, 1-1, scoring a historic first point in a final match, and lost against European champions Germany, 0-3, in the Group B matches.
Iceland will now come up against either France or Sweden in the quarter-finals.