Moldovan Choir Steals Show at Men’s Football Game

The Icelandic men’s football team played their final match at the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers yesterday evening. Among the evening’s highlights was the performance of Iceland’s national anthem, Löfsöngur, by a Moldovan choir.

The Icelandic men’s football team competed against Moldova at the Zimbru Stadium in Chișinău, Moldova, yesterday. Iceland beat Moldova 2-1 with goals from captain Gylfi Sigurðsson and Birkir Bjarnason (Nicolae Milinceanu scored Moldova’s only goal). Despite winning the match, Iceland failed to directly qualify for the Euro 2020 Championship. Iceland placed third in Group H with 19 points (Iceland can still qualify through play-offs in March).

Prior to the match, a choir comprised of approximately 30 women, dressed in white robes, sang the Icelandic national anthem, Löfsöngur (see below). As a journalist for Vísir insinuated, the performance was a pleasant contrast to the boos of Turkish supporters during Iceland’s penultimate match in Turkey last Thursday.

Men’s Football Team Takes on Turkey in Clutch Match

Iceland football team

The Men’s National Football Team will compete against Turkey this afternoon in a crucial match for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers.

Two rounds are left of the Euro 2020 qualifiers. Turkey sits at the top of Group H with 19 points (level with France) and will advance to the UEFA European Championship if it manages a tie against Iceland. Iceland, on the other hand, is in third place with 15 points and must win the next two matches to advance (while also hoping that Turkey loses points against Andorra on Sunday).

In the event that Iceland loses against Turkey, the team may still qualify via play-offs next March. It remains unclear what teams will advance through to the play-off round. It will not be determined until after the qualifiers.

Iceland will play without team captain Aron Gunnarsson (Al-Arabi) and fellow midfielder Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson (Burnley), both of whom are injured. Turkey will be without forward Cenk Tosun (Everton) who is injured. Team captain, Emre Belözoğlu (Fenerbahçe), remains a doubt.

The match will begin at 17:00 and it will be played at the Türk Telekom Stadium in Istanbul (home stadium of Galtasaray S.K.). The match will be broadcast live on RÚV.

Iceland qualified for the UEFA European Championship for the first time in 2016. The team advanced through the group stages and secured a 2-1 victory against England in the round of 16. The lost 2-5 against France in the quarter-finals.