Armenia 2, Iceland 0

30.03.2021 - 10:21
epa09103469 Albert Gudmundsson (R) of Iceland in action against Armenian players Artak Grigoryan (L) and Varazdat Haroyan (C) during the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifying soccer match between Armenia and Iceland in Yerevan, Armenia, 28 March 2021.  EPA-EFE/VAHRAM BAGHDASARYAN/PHOTOLURE/
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The Icelandic men’s national football team lost against Armenia on Sunday evening in the team’s second qualifying match for the world cup in Qatar in 2022. The 2-0 defeat puts Iceland in a difficult position. Armenia is ranked 99th in the world, which is 53 spots below Iceland.

The bad night started when Ragnar Sigurðsson injured his calf muscle whilst warming up and Kári Árnason was drafted into the starting line up in defence, alongside Sverrir Ingi Ingason. 

There were 4,000 fans in the stadium in Yerevan and their presence arguably provided more entertainment than the players early in the match, with the most dangerous moment provided by Ari Freyr Skúlason—but the ball was cleared by an Armenian defender and did not trouble the goalkeeper. 

The first Armenian goal came right after halftime, when Tigran Barseghyan bounced the ball off the bar and into the net. Jón Daði Böðvarsson had a great opportunity to even the score shortly afterwards, but it was not to be. 

The final blow came in the 74th minute, when captain Aron Einar Gunnarsson lost the ball in a clumsy mistake that was punished hard by the Armenians. The result was a hard-to-swallow 2-0 defeat and no points from two games. 

Iceland’s next game is tomorrow, Wednesday, away in Liechtenstein. Live coverage on RÚV TV from 17.50 (with a short news and weather bulletin at 18.00). Kick-off is at 18.30. 

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