The selection of the 2018 world Cup: a Matter of technique

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Group I

ICELAND – KOSOVO – 2:0 (1:0)

Goals: G. Sigurdsson, 40 (1:0). Gudmundsson, 67 (2:0).

Iceland: Halldorsson, Severson, R. Sigurdsson, Augason, Magnusson, Hallgrimsson (Sigurjonsson, 89), Gunnarsson (S. Ingason, 78), Guomundsson, G. Sigurdsson, Barnason, Budvarson (Finnbogason, 61).

Kosovo: Ujkani, Voyvoda, Jashanica, Rahmani, Pacarada, Pnishi (Vesel Muriqi, 54), Halimi (Kastrati, 78), V. Berisha, Rashica, Virgin, Nuhiu (B. Berisha, 54).

Punishment: Ujkani, 37. Pnishi, 45. B. Berisha, 60 (warnings)

Referee: Lechner (Austria).

9 Oct. Reykjavik. Stadium “Laugardalsvollur”.

Having won all previous home games, even in games with Croatia and especially with the Finns seriously lucky, Icelanders had no right to lose points in a meeting with the Kosovars. And if something prevented them to transfer a total territorial advantage in the other figures on the scoreboard, so it’s only a “bus” parked at the gate, Samir Ujkani, and to some extent excitement in these situations inherent in even cold-blooded northerners.

To split the ice floe was only 40 minutes. Hilfe Sigurdsson received the ball in front of the penalty, removed on the backswing Besar Halimi and not allowed to interfere Amir Rrahmani, lightning struck the bottom. The ball fluttered into the net Ujkani, shortly before he received the yellow card for dissent.

But in the second half, the 28-year-Hilfe Sigurdsson, whom Everton in the summer laid out 40 million pounds, clocked a defender near corner of the goalie and shot to the right of the center on Johann Berg Gudmundsson, which sealed the win. Iceland won and deservedly took the lead in the group.

Sorry was not able to make his debut in the national team of Kosovo, defender of “Vorskla” Ardin Dallku, second time go in vain. Maybe the new coach will be more favorable to him. Ahead – the League of Nations…

FINLAND – TURKEY – 2:2 (0:0)

Goals: Cenk Tosun 57 (0:1). Araure, 76 (1:1). Cenk Tosun, 84 (1:2). Pohjanpalo, 88 (2:2).

Finland: Gradecki, Pirinen, Araure, Vaisanen Moisander, Lod, Lam (Markkanen, 86), Schuller, P. Hetemaj (Hamalainen, 60), Pukki (Seiri, 82), Pohjanpalo.

Turkey: Babacan Volkan, Ozan Tufan, Omer Toprak, Çağlar, Seungju, Ismail Kabashi, Selcuk Inan (Mehmet Topal, 85), Okay Yokuslu, Yusuf Yazici (Emre Moore, 75), Oguzhan An Attempt On Goal, Hakan Çalhanoğlu, Cenk Tosun.

Punishment: Selcuk Inan, 46. Okay Yokuslu, 49. Yusuf Yazici, 75. Moisander, 90+2 (warnings).

Referee: Bastien (France).

9 Oct. Turku. The Stadium Veritas.

Coaches reacted differently to the decision of a personnel question. Markku Kanerva put combat home version with two impact forwards. Mircea Lucescu returned to the bench after suspension, heed the criticism seriously and changed the composition. To begin with – took four people who took part in the “shame Eskisehir” (of which only Genera Erkin, the objective cause of the suspension), and then put the game those and wanted to see the basis of experts.

Real, not television, as some places sometimes…

In comparison with the game against Iceland was only the goalkeeper Volkan Babacan, defender Çağlar, Seungju, midfielder Oguzhan an attempt on goal and the striker Cenk Tosun, who played the now not on the edge, and the natural position of center forward. Apparently, this is the backbone around which to build the new Turkey. This Central axis is strung young and perky flanks.

“Black eagle” Cenk Tosun the dirty deed was done – two ball in the net sent, adding them to three, scored in the tournament previously. After the second even was a little scary for the position of tournament the national team of Ukraine has already been “burned” in Kiev in two goals. Noise-we, the Turks slaughtered and third, and we fourth. A trifle, but unpleasant.

Cost. The Croats did not score, and Kanerva again guessed with replacement. Fresh Salihorsk “Shakhtar” Piri soire of shot to the left to Joel Pohjanpalo and forward Bayer set the final result.

Eugene BELOZEROV, Sport-Express in Ukraine

The final table


1. ICELAND 10 7 1 2 22 16-7

2. Croatia 10 6 2 2 20 15-4

3. Ukraine 10 5 2 3 17 13-9

4. Turkey 10 4 3 3 14-13 15

5. Finland 10 2 3 5 9-13 9

6. Kosovo 10 0 1 9 1 3-24

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