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Iceland to Make History Tomorrow?

By Iceland Review

“The journey was comfortable and it was great to be able to fly directly,” Lars Lagerbäck told ví yesterday once he and his team had settled in to their hotel in Zagreb, Croatia. Tomorrow the two nations will compete for a place in the 2014 Brazil World Cup.

football_iceland_vs_croatia_world_cup_playoff_november_15_psIceland’s starting XI on Friday. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

The team is already making history; never before has Iceland made it to the play-offs, let alone to the World Cup. Should Iceland succeed, it would be the smallest country in history to make it to the World Cup.

The successful coach of Iceland’s national football team was feeling calmer than after the first of the play-offs against Croatia, which took place in Reykjavík on Friday and resulted in 0-0.

Lagerbäck expressed his anger on Friday at what he believed was unfair treatment by the referees.

“I suppose I was overcome by emotion. However, I still believe that the referee did not do a good job. But of course one is more heated during the game. Of course we wanted Kolbeinn with us,” he said of the star striker who suffered an ankle injury during Friday’s game and was therefore unable to travel to Zagreb for tomorrow’s game. “But the others must rise to the occasion and I have complete faith in the rest of the team,” he said.

As for the team’s chances of winning, following the results of the previous game, Lagerbäck said that the way the Croatians played the game left no surprises. They will be even more determined now that they will be playing on their home field. We simply have to deliver and I believe that they are still vulnerable.”

To play for 40 minutes with one less player took its toll on the team. Is the coach worried about that going into the second game? “No, I’m not worried. Every member of the team has been doing very well and they have all been able to recover. They are in great shape and we are not at all worried that people won’t be in tip top shape. Hopefully we will be able to write a new chapter in the Icelandic Sagas here in Zagreb. At least that is what we hope to do.”


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