Iceland Manages Draw Versus World Champions France

France snatched a draw from the Icelandic men’s national football team yesterday, RÚV reports. The friendly match took place in Stade de Roudourou in Guingamp. Iceland led 0-2 before succumbing to heavy pressure from France.

The Icelandic team led 0-1 going into half-time after a goal from midfielder Birkir Bjarnason. Defender Kári Árnason scored a header from a corner kick early in the second half to bring Iceland’s lead to two goals. Wonderkid Kylian Mbappe, substituted on in the second half, changed the match in France’s favour. After having a goal disallowed due to offside, Mbappe’s shot forced defender Hólmar Örn Eyjólfsson to score an own goal, before drawing France level from the penalty spot in additional time.

The match is the 18th ever between the two teams, who last met on the pitch in 2016 during the quarter finals of the UEFA Euros. While Iceland has never won against the French team, they have managed a draw in four games.

Iceland was coming off two heavy defeats in the UEFA Nations League, 6-0 versus Switzerland and 0-3 versus Belgium. Iceland team will face Switzerland on Monday 15th October, 18.30 GMT. The match will take place at Laugardalsvöllur stadium, Reykjavík.

Match events:

30′ – Goal – Alfreð Finnbogason

58′ – Goal – Kári Árnason

86′ – Own goal – Hólmar Örn Eyjólfsson

90+2′ – Goal – Kylian Mbappe