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Iceland Plays for Gold in Algarve Cup

By Iceland Review

Iceland will play against the US for the gold in the Algarve Cup final in women’s football in Portugal tomorrow after beating Denmark 1-0 yesterday with a goal scored by Dóra María Lárusdóttir.


A football game at Iceland’s home field in Reykjavík. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The victory is historic because never before has Iceland beaten Denmark in an A-list national game in football, neither in men’s nor women’s football, Morgunbladid reports.

“It is an adventure that never ends and now it is the final. The team has played all the games well and we haven’t given other teams many shots to beat us. The defense has been fantastic at this tournament and a number of players are significantly improving their game,” Iceland’s coach Sigurdur Ragnar Eyjólfsson told Fréttabladid.

Iceland has won all its games in the Algarve cup so far—in addition to beating Denmark, Iceland made another first in Icelandic sporting history by beating Sweden, which is in the fourth place on the world rating in strength. The US is usually rated as the world’s strongest team in women’s football.

“We consider all teams to be our equals and that’s how we will play the game. We have a lot of self confidence which didn’t decrease after the game against Denmark. It is very exciting to play a final because we’ve never been in that position before,” Eyjólfsson added.

Iceland is playing in the Algarve Cup for the seventh time. Its best achievement so far is to place sixth.

Click here to read more about women’s football.

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