The selection of the 2018 world Cup: “Vikings” are going to bypass Ukraine

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KOSOVO – ICELAND – 1:2 (0:2)

Goals: Sigurdarson, 26 (0:1). G. Sigurdsson, 35 – penalty (0:2). Nuhiu, 52 (1:2).

Kosovo: Ujkani, Perdedaj (Audial, 74), Rahmani, Pnishi, Kololi, Shalya, Kryeziu, Rashica (Virgin, 64), Imp. Berisha (Ber. Berisha, 83), V. Berisha, Ohio.

Iceland: Halldorsson, Saevarsson, Adamson, R. Sigurdsson, A. Skulason, Hallgrimsson, G. Sigurdsson, Gunnarsson, Traustason (Gíslason, 72), B. Sigurdarson (A. Skulason, 86), Kjartansson (Th. Bodvarsson, 69).

Punishment: Kololi, 34. Kryeziu, 59. Schall, 85. Gislason, 90 (warnings).

Referee: Dias (Portugal).

March 24. Shkodër. The Stadium “Loro Borici”.

The dream of a first victory in the selection process, the Kosovars will have to wait until at least the summer. Even a draw in the match with the Icelanders was not achieved, although the hosts again took the rivals in the Albanian Shkoder, completely deserved it.

In ball possession, they outperformed the Euro-2016 (56% vs 44), the number of strikes showed the same opponent with the score, but a shot on goal only twice, while the Icelanders or four times.

And the first dangerous moments in the match was just the hosts: not a bad shot, Atdhe, Nuhiu was parried by goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson after the shot, Valon Berisha, the ball shook the crossbar.

The visitors opened the scoring midway through the first half: break the left flank of Agnor Traustason found the ball in the penalty area in a pretty good position Hilfe of Sigurdsson. Impact midfielder Swansea goalkeeper Kosovars Samir Ujkani parried, but right at the foot of Sigurdarson Bjorn, who was in front of the empty goal.

Ten minutes later the wards Hamira of Hallgrimsson doubled the advantage – the left defender Kosovars Benjamin Kololi belatedly reacted to the jerk right ‘ defender Birkir Maura Saevarsson and knocked him down, and Hilfe Sigurdsson, coming to the spot, left the goalkeeper no chance.

After the break, the Kosovars have thrown all forces in attack and even scored twice. Here are just Healing Shalya his name on the scoreboard have not seen his goal was disallowed for offside. But the following goal was one hundred percent clean. All the same Shalya filed with the left flank, and the representative of the English championship, Atdhe, Nuhiu of “Sheffield Wednesday” noted the debut in the team gets a head vkolotil the ball into the goal.

But the Kosovars were not honored, the Icelanders have kept the winning score and went around the table the national team of Ukraine.

Hallgrímsson, head coach of Iceland:

– We knew that we are expecting a very difficult match, and so in the end what happened. I note that my colleague has done a very great job, and his team plays very smart football.

In the first half we had the initiative, and naturally went on a break, conducting in the account. After the break, the opponent improved a lot, and we had a hard time. Can even say that we are in some luck. It’s great that he took not the point, and three and continued to race.

Albert BUNYAK, head coach of Kosovo:

– I think that in this match we showed our best game in the qualifiers. Wasn’t supposed to lose. Just a bit unlucky. It’s not just an excuse. Immediately after the match to me about it said Iceland coach.

Eugene BELOZEROV, Sport-Express in Ukraine


1. Croatia 5 4 1 0 11-1 13

2. Iceland 5 3 1 1 8-6 10

3. UKRAINE 5 2 2 1 7-4 8

4. Turkey 5 2 2 1 7-5 8

5. Finland 5 4 0 1 3-8 1

6. Kosovo 5 1 0 4 2-14 1

6th round, June 11: Finland – UKRAINE, Iceland – Croatia, Kosovo and Turkey.

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