Ireland fall to Iceland in Dublin

Iceland produced something of a minor upset when they beat the Republic of Ireland 1-0 in Tuesday's international friendly at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

  • Republic of Ireland 0 Iceland 1
  • Finnbogason gets brought down by Egan
  • Magnusson slots home the free-kick
  • O'Dowda goes closest to an equaliser

Match Summary

In a rather drab encounter, it would be Iceland who would hit the front when Horour Bjorgvin Magnusson whipped home a terrific free-kick after Alfreo Finnbogason was fouled on the edge of the box.

The Irish rarely threatened the goal in the entire 90 minutes although substitute Callum O'Dowda was perhaps unfortunate not to grab an equaliser after a good run in the 77th minute.

Match Report

It was quiet opening 20 minutes with neither team offering any real threat on goal in what was a low-key friendly. However, out of nothing Iceland would go ahead in the 21st minute after marginally looking better in possession.

After Finnbogason was brought down by John Egan outside the right-hand side of the penalty area, Magnusson whipped a superb free-kick over the wall to give the visitors the lead.

It was a first period to forget for The Boys in Green as they failed to really test Ogmundur Kristinsson in the visiting goal. After the interval, Ireland came out with more urgency as James McClean made a couple of surging runs down the left flank without being able to find a telling cross.

The hosts' approach appeared to be about getting into wide positions and then delivering crosses more in hope than with any sense of belief. With time running out, Martin O'Neill threw on Shane Long alongside Kevin Doyle to try and beef up the attack.

O'Dowda would nearly find a way through the resolute Icelandic defence in the 77th minute. After a mazy run in which he skipped past a tackle, the Bristol City winger saw his shot deflected wide for a corner from just outside the box.

There were no further alarms in the final stages of the game as Iceland showed their proven resilience to record a relatively comfortable victory in the Irish capital.