March 28 2004
Iceland fight back to win
Iceland won the race to be runners-up in UEFA European Under-17
Championship second qualifying round for Group 2 as they came from
behind to beat Armenia.
The Armenians had the better of the early exchanges and took a
deserved lead on 20 minutes when captain Arthur Stepanyan headed
Vardan Khachatryan’s corner into the net. They could have doubled
their advantage before the break but Edgar Manucharyan curled a
free-kick just wide.
In the second 45 minutes Iceland upped their game and eventually got
an equaliser after 64 minutes, Bjarni Vidarsson scoring from close
range following a Bjarki Sigvaldason corner. And it did not take long
for them to turn the match on its head as Matthias Vilhjalmsson
latched on to Sigvaldason’s ball over the top to finish confidently
just three minutes later.
Despite the win, Iceland finished three points behind group winners
England, while Armenia end in third ahead of Norway.