Women’s Euro: Iceland hung 1-1 by Italy which remains alive
Iceland, which led for a long time, was hung 1-1 (half-time: 1-0) Thursday in Manchester by an attractive team from Italy which can still dream of qualifying for the quarters…
Iceland, who have long led, were hung 1-1 (half-time: 1-0) on Thursday in Manchester by an attractive team from Italy who can still dream of qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Women’s Euro Football.
With this second draw in two days, after the one against Belgium (1-1) for their entry into the competition, Iceland is second in group D with a point behind France, who will qualify in the event of a victory in evening (9:00 p.m.) against Belgium.
Iceland opened the scoring in the 3rd minute through Karolina Lea Vilhjalmsdottir, following a long throw-in from Sveindis Jane Jonsdottir and a failed clearance from Italian captain Sara Gama, who played for PSG and is now at Juventus.
But far from being beaten down, the Italians took the game on their own and created many chances, however falling short in the finish like a failed volley from Martina Piemonte (26th), alone at the point penalty on a cross from Flaminia Simonetti. Piemonte who had scored the only goal in the heavy inaugural defeat against France (5-1).
While the Icelandic Alexandra Johannsdottir had missed the break incredibly by shooting wide following a confused action in the Italian penalty area (61st), the Azzurre equalized on the following action by Valentina Bergamaschi (62nd ), with a flat foot on a center back from Barbara Bonansea.
The latter later shot the post (73rd) in an unbridled final in which either team could have won.
For these two nations, qualification will be decided on the third and final day, Monday July 18, at 9:00 p.m.: Iceland will face France and Italy will face Belgium.