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Iceland Loses Against France

The Icelandic national women’s football team lost 1-2 against France in La Roche-sur-Yon on Saturday in the final of qualifying group 3 in the pre-round for the 2009 European Championship in Finland.

A draw would have been enough to secure Iceland a place in the championship, but with a loss they have to play against two other teams to earn the right to compete in the championship, Fréttabladid reports.

“I feel sorry for those who are coming to us and plan to take something away from us at home,” said Icelandic player Margrét Lára Vidarsdóttir, clearly in fighting form. “All in all the French team is just better than us. We just have to live with that but […] we wanted it so much more than they did.”

“I’m very proud of the team and we were very close to making it all the way,” said Iceland’s coach Sigurdur Ragnar Eyjólfsson. “We were going to press them harder in the beginning but were not successful enough as an entire team. Not every team member was pressing hard enough.”

Eyjólfsson is hopeful that Iceland will win the next two games and make it to the European Championship. “I expect us to play the Czech Republic, Ireland or Scotland.” He’ll find out on October 6.

The captain of the French team Sandrine Soubeyrand scored the first goal of the game after only six minutes. In the second half Katrín Jónsdóttir of Iceland evened the scores with a goal from a free kick by Edda Gardarsdóttir.

However, only three minutes after Iceland’s goal, Candie Herbert scored the second goal for France. Iceland tried as hard as they could to score again, but in vain.

France’s coach Bruno Bini was impressed by the Icelandic team and said they deserved to make it to the championship.

Click here to read about the last game played by the Icelandic women’s team.

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