The Icelandic national team in men’s football, ages 21 and younger, beat the German national team in the same age category 4-1 yesterday. Meanwhile, the Icelandic A-team disappointed with a 1-1 draw in a friendly game against Lichtenstein.
“It was like a textbook example and almost too good to be true,” the national youth team’s coach Eyjólfur Sverrisson told Fréttabladid after the game.
“We were going to pressure them and surprise them. They were supposed to sense that they couldn’t come here to fool around. I’m satisfied that we managed to score early on and the fight in the team was outstanding,” he added.
Ólafur Jóhannesson, the A-team’s coach, was not as happy with his team’s performance. “It was poor and far from what we were going to do […]. We have to perform better in all games, not to mention the preliminary round which is coming up. We won’t go anywhere with such a performance.”
Jóhannesson complimented the young footballers on their victory against Germany. “We have quite a few young and good players and the future looks bright. Many of those players have been in and around my team lately and they will definitely continue to do so.”