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Iceland Beats Northern Ireland 2-1

Iceland beat Northern Ireland 2-1 in the qualifying round of the 2008 European Football Championship at Laugardalsvöllur stadium in Reykjavík yesterday. It was Iceland’s first victory since last September.

Last September Iceland also beat Northern Ireland, 3-1 in Northern Ireland’s home stadium, Morgunbladid reports.

“We dedicate this victory to Ásgeir Elíasson, who was a great coach and a unique person,” player Eidur Smári Gudjohnsen said after the game. Elíasson, who used to coach the Icelandic team, passed away on Sunday.

Ármann Smári Björnsson scored Iceland’s first goal, and his first goal with the national team, in the sixth minute. Iceland’s second goal was a own-goal from the Irish player Keith Gillespies 86 minutes into the game.

“I may not be satisfied with everything that happened during the game, but I’m definitely satisfied with the final score,” Iceland’s coach Eyjólfur Sverrisson said.

After yesterday’s game Iceland has eight points in the qualifying group F. Latvia and Liechtenstein are below Iceland with six and four points.

Click here to read about Iceland’s game with Spain.

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