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USA Wins Algarve Football Cup, Iceland Earns Silver

The Icelandic national team in women’s football fought hard against their US opponents in the Algarve Cup in football in Portugal yesterday—the game ended 4-2 for the USA. Even though Iceland lost the final, they will take home the silver medal for the first time.


A football game in Iceland. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Katrín Ómarsdóttir and Hallbera Gudný Gísladóttir scored the goals for Iceland in a period of three minutes in the first half of the game, leading 2-1. However, shortly before the first half ended, the US scored their second goal, Morgunbladid reports.

“We teased them a bit in the game and it was great to bounce back once again in this tournament, even the score and get in the lead. The atmosphere was incredible at that point,” described Iceland’s coach Sigurdur Ragnar Eyjólfsson.

“It would have been fantastic to enter half-time with a 2-1 lead so it was disappointing that they got a goal in the last second of the first half. But I guess you can be content with the half-time score of 2-2 against the world’s best team,” he added.

In the second half, the US proved the stronger team. “But I thought we had a real shot throughout the game,” the coach stated. “Our players have become experienced in playing against strong teams. Slowly but surely, we’re constantly improving.”

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