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Víkingur win the double

18.10.2021 - 10:02
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Víkingur Reykjavík won the men’s Mjólkurbikarinn cup on Saturday for the second year in a row, thanks to a 3-0 victory in the final over ÍA at Laugardalsvöllur. Víkingur also recently secured victory in the league, becoming just the fifth team ever to secure the double in Iceland.

Víkingur were simply the better team on the day, and their victory was fair and secure. Erlingur Agnarsson scored first, in the 18th minute, capitalising on a chance created for him by Kristall Máni Ingason and Pablo Punyed. Kári Árnason then added a second goal, from a corner kick, in the closing seconds of the first half. Scoring a cup final goal, as his team clinches the double, was a particularly good moment for Kári to retire from professional football on a high.

The second half was a more equal match, with both teams creating good chances to score, though no attempts were successful in normal time. In the fifth minute of added time at the end, however, Víkingur managed to finish with a flurry, thanks to a goal from Helgi Guðjónsson. ÍA fought hard throughout, often on the edge, and their players received five yellow cards during the match. 

Víkingur Reykjavík has now won the cup three times, including in 2019. There was no cup final in 2020, due to covid. The club also won in 1971. 

The first double 

2021 marks the first time Víkingur wins both the league title and the cup in the same year—a feat their opponents on Saturday, ÍA, have achieved four times, in 1983, 1984, 1993, and 1996. KR won the double in 1961, 1963, 1999, and 2011. Valur managed it in 1976, and ÍBV did so in 1998. 

KR in Europe 

KR, also from Reykjavík, win big from a game they were not even involved in. This is because Iceland’s three seats in Europe usually go to the cup winner plus the top two in the Pepsi Max league. On this occasion, thanks to Víkingur’s double, third place in the league instead gets the final seat—and that is KR. 

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Alexander Elliott
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