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Iceland’s Women’s Football Team Ever Closer To UEFA EURO

Published June 4, 2016

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Iceland’s women’s football team has yet to be scored against, and they are one game away from making it to the UEFA Euros.

Vísir reports that Iceland played against Scotland yesterday, beating them 0-4. As such, if they beat Macedonia this Tuesday, they will be advancing to compete in the UEFA EURO competition – having beaten goal-less Macedonia 0-4 previously, Iceland has a very strong chance of moving forward.

Despite a hard-played game throughout, Iceland was only ahead by one goal at halftime, made by Hallbera Guðný Gísladóttir. That lead would soon advance considerably, however, as Harpa Þorsteinsdóttir, Gunnhildur Yrsa Jónsdóttir and Margrét Lára Viðarsdóttir all scored headers against Scotland.

“We intend to wrap this up on Tuesday so people can start reserving their hotel rooms and such,” national team coach Freyr Alexandersson told reporters. “[Macedonia] is terrible. So I can’t deny that I want us to win with distinction. It’s not our fault that Macedonia isn’t better at football. We will show them no mercy. We’ll play with power and finish on top. There is no other option.”

Iceland’s women’s football team this season bears the distinction of having never been scored against, itself no small accomplishment. Barring any longshot possibilities, Iceland’s women’s football team looks set to be on its way to the UEFA EURO competition.

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