Faultless first step to Euro 2017

Harpa Þorsteinsdóttir taking the ball to the opposition.

Harpa Þorsteinsdóttir taking the ball to the opposition. Photo: Kjartan Þorbjörnsson

Iceland’s women made a splendid start to their Euro 2017 qualifying campaign with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Belarus yesterday evening.

Iceland dominated the match from start to finish, with 27 attempts on goal. It was only a matter of time until one reached the back of the net, when Hólm­fríður Magnús­dótt­ir scored in the 30th minute of play.

A second goal – by Dagný Brynjarsdóttir – came in the second half, and an opportunity to further improve the score line some came along when Iceland was awarded a penalty. Mar­grét Lára Viðars­dótt­ir was, however, unable to convert the penalty into a 3-0 lead.

Iceland next face FYR Macedonia away on 22 October, then Slovenia away on 26 October.

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