Euro 2016 Grp F
Date: 5 p.m. June 22, 2016
Venue: Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Ref: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Att: 68,714

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson 18' -
Scored: 18'


Arnór Ingvi Traustason 90' -
Scored: 90'


Peno Miss: 37'
- Aleksandar Dragovic 37'

Scored: 60'
- Alessandro Schopf 60'



Euro 2016 Report: Iceland 2 - 1 Austria

Fri, Jun 24 2016

Despite David Alaba's best efforts, Austria crashed to a 2-1 defeat to Iceland in their final group game. Credit: Al Robinson

The Icelandic fairytale will continue into the last-16 with a massive clash against England after Arnór Ingvi Traustason's late, late goal gave Iceland a historic 2-1 victory over Austria in Saint-Denis.
 
This Iceland team had already made history by qualifying for Euro 2016. They made further history with a 1-1 draw against a flustered Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal in their first ever major tournament match. Then, they were minutes away from claiming a first ever win at a major finals only for an own goal to deny them three points against Hungary.
 
But finally, finally for the side joint-coached by Lars Lagerback and Heimir Hallgrímsson, they got the win that their efforts have most definitely deserved in France, and in the process they have ensured that they get to stay here until Monday. 
 
Given the travails of England so far, maybe Iceland even fancy themselves to stay a bit longer. Lagerback mentioned after the game that he had an unbeaten record against the Three Lions from “five or six” encounters during his time as Sweden manager.
 
The result secured second in Group F for Iceland and sent Austria home. Tipped as dark horses by many before the tournament, Austria flattered to deceive in France, though they turned in an improved showing here. For a while, it looked like Iceland wouldn't hold out – Austria had a total of 23 attempts on goal, but couldn't make them count.
 
At a time like this it can be easy to forget how it started – and in this game, it started with Jon Dadi Bodvarsson's 18th minute strike. A long throw into the box was flicked on by Kári Árnason and the 1. FC Kaiserslautern frontman was able to take a good touch in the area before clinically firing beyond the helpless Robert Almer. 1-0 down, Austria were in trouble.
 
However, Unsere Burschen – translation “Our Boys” – were given a lifeline when David Alaba won a penalty in the 36th minute after being tugged back in the box by Skúlason. Austria boss Marcel Koller said after the game that he had two designated takers: Alaba and Aleksandar Dragovic. 
 
In this moment, it was Dragovic who took the responsibility. He hit the post. Koller would later say that he couldn't blame the defender for being brave enough to step up. That will be of little consolation to Dragovic given how the game panned out. Though he would have been a relieved man when Austria did finally break through Iceland's stubborn resistance.
 
Collecting a pass from Alaba 30 yards from goal, substitute Alessando Schopf darted forward, evaded two challenges and coolly fired beyond Hannes Halldórsson to bring his side level. From here, it looked like Iceland would crack.
 
They were indebted to their 'keeper as Halldórsson made a number of key stops with the game poised at 1-1. He denied Schopf a second from close range in the 72nd minute and tipped over the bar from Alaba eight minutes later as Austria really upped the ante.
 
Then, the counter-attack which led to probably the greatest bit of commentary ever heard took place in the last minute of stoppage time. Iceland broke down the right side through substitute Elmar Bjarnason. With namesake Birkir and Arnór Ingvi Traustason as options, he squared across the box for the latter to slide in and write his name into folklore.
 
The translation, found on another YouTube clip, is just as good:
 
"Everything's open! Theódór Elmar! Is he alone on their side of the field? Three on two! Emmi [short for Elmar]! Inside the box! Inside the box! Emmi! YEEEEEES! YEEEEEES! YEEEEEES! YEEEEEES! YEEEEEES! YEEEEEES! We are winning! We have qualified to the 16 team final! We have qualified to the 16 team competition! We are winning Austria! 
 
"The voice is gone, but that doesn't matter, we have qualified! Arnór Ingvi Traustason! Just scored! Iceland two, Austria one! What a moment! What a moment! 
 
"What! The referee has called the game, and I have never, I have never felt this good! Arnór Ingvi Traustason guarantees us the first win in the Euros! We have never lost, don't forget that, we have never lost but the first win is a fact! Iceland two, Austria one. Thanks for coming Austria, thanks for coming!"
 
Thanks for coming Austria, with that defeat your winless run at the Euros has extended to six games. Iceland, meanwhile, continue to live the dream.
 
 
Iceland: Hannes Halldórsson; Birkir Saevarsson, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Kári Árnason, Ari Skúlason; Jóhann Berg Gudmundsson (Sverrir Ingi Ingason, 86), Aron Gunnarsson (Emil Hallfredsson, 65), Gylfi Sigurdsson, Birkir Bjarnason; Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (Arnór Ingvi Traustason, 80), Jon Dadi Bodvarsson (Theódór Elmar Bjarnason, 71).
Subs not used: Ingvar Jónsson (GK), Ogmundur Kristinsson (GK), Rúnar Már Sigurjónsson, Hordur Magnússon, Hjortur Hermannsson, Haukur Hauksson, Heimir Hallgrímsson, Eidur Gudjohnsen.
Bookings: A Skúlason (36), K Sigthorsson (51), K Árnason (78), H Hallórsson (82).
 
 
Austria: Robert Almer; Aleksandar Dragovic, Sebastian Prodl (Marc Janko, HT), Martin Hinteregger, Christian Fuchs; Florian Klein, Stefan Ilshanker (Alessando Schopf, HT), Julian Baumgartlinger, Marko Arnautovic; David Alaba; Marcel Sabitzer (Jakob Jantscher, 78).
Subs not used: Heinz Lindner (GK), Ramazan Ozcan (GK), Marcus Suttner, Gyorgy Garics, Rubin Okotie, Kevin Wimmer, Martin Harnik, Lucas Hinterseer.
Booked: M Janko (70).
 
 
Referee: Syzmon Marciniak (POL).
Attendance: 80,000.
Extratime Man of the Match: K Arnason (Iceland).


Iceland
Hannes Halldórsson
Goalkeeper
82Booked: 82'
Heimir Hallgrímsson
Defender
Birkir Saevarsson
Defender
Ragnar Sigurdsson
Defender
Ari Skúlason
36Booked: 36'
Defender
Aron Gunnarsson
Midfielder
Jóhann Berg Gudmundsson
86'
86Subbed Off: 86'
Midfielder
Birkir Bjarnason
Midfielder
Kári Árnason
78Booked: 78'
Midfielder
Gylfi Sigurdsson
Midfielder
Jon Dadi Bodvarsson
18Scored: 18'
71'
71Subbed Off: 71'
Forward
Kolbeinn Sigthorsson
51Booked: 51'
80'
80Subbed Off: 80'
Forward

Substitutes
Emil Hallfredsson
Midfield
Eidur Gudjohnsen
Midfield
Alfred Finnbogason
Forward
Theódór Elmar Bjarnason
71'
71Subbed On: 71'
Midfield
Haukur Hauksson
Defender
Hjortur Hermannsson
Defender
Sverrir Ingi Ingason
86'
86Subbed On: 86'
Defender
Ingvar Jónsson
Goalkeeper
Ogmundur Kristinsson
Goalkeeper
Hordur Magnússon
Defender
Rúnar Már Sigurjónsson
Midfield
Arnór Ingvi Traustason
80'
80Subbed On: 80'
90Scored: 90'
Midfield
Austria
Robert Almer
Goalkeeper
Martin Hinteregger
Defender
Christian Fuchs
Defender
Aleksandar Dragovic
Defender
37Peno Miss: 37'
Florian Klein
Defender
Sebastian Proedl
Defender 46'
46Subbed Off: 46'
Stefan Ilsanker
Midfielder 46'
46Subbed Off: 46'
Julian Baumgartlinger
Midfielder
Marko Arnautovic
Midfielder
David Alaba
Midfielder
Marcel Sabitzer
Forward 78'
78Subbed Off: 78'

Substitutes
Lukas Hinterseer
Forward
Martin Harnik
Midfield
Gyorgy Garics
Defender
Marc Janko
Forward
46Subbed On: 46'
46'
70Booked: 70'
Jakob Jantscher
Forward
78Subbed On: 78'
78'
Zlatko Junuzovic
Midfield
Heinz Lindner
Goalkeeper
Rubin Okotie
Forward
Ramazan Ozcan
Goalkeeper
Alessandro Schopf
Midfield
46Subbed On: 46'
46'
60Scored: 60'
Markus Suttner
Defender
Kevin Wimmer
Defender


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