Iceland 1, Belgium 2

15.10.2020 - 10:52
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The Icelandic men’s national football team lost their UEFA Nations League match against Belgium in Reykjavík last night. Two goals from Romelu Lukaku were enough to secure victory for the visitors.

Iceland entered the game against the team currently ranked best in the world by FIFA at a disadvantage. Many key players in the Iceland squad were out, and all of the usual Icelandic coaching and off-pitch support team were absent due to COVID-19 quarantine (though the head and deputy coaches watched from an executive box, in live radio contact with the dugout).

Belgium started the game with conviction and Lukaku scored in the ninth minute—once again cementing his role as Belgium’s highest ever scoring player. 

The Icelanders responded to the setback with determination and poise, which led to a 17th minute equaliser as Rúnar Már Sigurjónsson made an excellent pass to Birkir Már Sævarsson, who was able to slip the ball past Belgian keeper Simon Minjóle Mignolet and into the back of the net. 

In the 37th minute, however, a Hólmar Örn Eyjólfsson foul on Lukaku in the box led to a Belgian penalty which Lukaku elected to take himself; sending Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson diving the wrong way and securing a 1-2 score line in Belgium’s favour at the break. 

The Icelanders did a good job of holding their visitors in check throughout the second half and neither team had many opportunities to score. 

The game ended Iceland 1, Belgium 2; meaning that Iceland remain without a point in the Nations League after four matches. Belgium are now top of the group after England fell to defeat at the hands of Denmark. 

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Alexander Elliott
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