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Iceland Play Cyprus in World Cup Preliminaries

Iceland come up against Cyprus in the 2014 World Cup preliminaries in men’s football in an away game at 19:00 CET today. Iceland ended a 25-year wait to beat Norway in a historic 2-0 win at Laugardalsvöllur stadium on Friday.

football-laugardalsvollur_psA match at Laugardalsvöllur stadium. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Kári Árnason, who scored the first goal in Friday’s Group E qualifying match, said the team is not getting carried away with Friday’s win. “We must keep our feet on the ground, after all we are still just little Iceland. There are many things we can improve and we could have played better. We have to get used to taking the lead and keeping it, not just kicking the ball and running,” he said.

Coach Lars Lagerbäck is also cautious. “My experience as a coach is that when you are winning, everything is easy,” he said. “As a coach after a victory, you do not have to do so much. It is just like playing the piano – you do not have to do so much, just smile. If you lose, then it is a real challenge for the coach to get the players back on course and recharge the batteries.”

Lagerbäck says today’s game will not be easy. “Playing away against Cyprus is another match. Our scouts have been there and seen them. I have heard they are building a new national team so we will see how they react after losing their first game [3-1 against Albania]. It will be very warm so I expect a tough game.”

Iceland will also come up against Albania and Switzerland in the preliminaries.

Click here to read about Iceland’s match against Norway.


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