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Iceland Scores Historic Point in First UEFA Match

Striker Margrét Lára Viðarsdóttir of the Icelandic national team in women’s football secured the team’s first ever point at a final tournament when scoring in a penalty kick late in yesterday’s game against Norway at the UEFA Women’s EURO 2013, resulting in a 1-1 draw.

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Margrét told uefa.com that she had forced herself to smile and stay positive, which earned her the nickname ‘smiling assassin.’ Midfielder Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir of Iceland, who won the penalty, was named ‘player of the match.’

Disappointed at losing the chance of three points in their opening game in Group B, striker Ada Hegerberg of Norway stated that they had deserved to win the game. However, she added that positives things also happened in the game that they can take forward.

“I think we were the much better team in the second half. We showed that we are in really good shape because we were winning all the balls, and we could have scored more goals,” said Margrét. “Of course we wanted to win, but we take one point.”

“I’m just happy for one point and happy and proud of my team that we fought to the end and got one point out of the game. It feels good and I thought it was well deserved,” added Sara. “Of course we wanted three points, but it’s important we got one. It was an aggressive game—both teams are really physical.”

Iceland’s next game is against European Champion Germany on Sunday.

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