Iceland Comes Back In Added Time, Beats Finland 3-2 - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Iceland Comes Back In Added Time, Beats Finland 3-2

Published October 7, 2016

Photos by
Art Bicnick

Iceland managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in added time in last night’s World Cup qualifier match against Finland.

Finn Teemu Pukki scored the first goal of the game at 21 minutes in. Although Icelander Kári Árnason leveled the scoring at 37 minutes, not two minutes later Robin Lod took advantage of Iceland’s lacklustre defending to take the score to 2-1.

All seemed lost during the second half, as Iceland struggled to gain their composure against the well-organised Finns. However, Icelander Alfreð Finnbogason scored a spectacular header from a corner penalty at 90 minutes, prompting four minutes of added time.

The clock kept ticking past the four-minute mark, and Icelander Ragnar Sigurðsson came in with an attempt that was caught fast by the Finnish goalkeeper, who appeared to have kept the ball behind the line. However, Alfreð came into the fray, kicking the ball from the goalkeeper’s grasp and into the net, pulling Iceland ahead, 3-2, at 96 minutes in.

The final goal has been disputed by some, although video taken from a new angle seems to show that the ball was in fact over the line when it was caught.

We live-tweeted the action: revisit the commentary here.

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