It was a superb Sunday for our internationals with a clean sweep of wins in the Nations League and Under-21 European Championship Qualifying.
In Copenhagen, Mathias Jensen impressed at the heart of the Denmark midfield as they beat Iceland in Nations League A2. Both the Danes goals came courtesy of Christian Eriksen penalties. The first after 12 minutes, Iceland equalising five minutes from time through Vidar Kjartansson, and the second three minutes into second-half stoppage time. Victory means Denmark go into Wednesday’s final game against Belgium needing a win to top the group and qualify for the Nations League finals.
Mathias played 67 minutes in Copenhagen, earning the joint-highest match rating among the Danish press. The cap was his third at senior international level while Henrik Dalsgaard remains on 26 caps after watching on from the bench last night.
Another side to keep hopes of top spot in their group alive were Finland, Marcus Forss playing 55 minutes of their 2-1 win over Bulgaria in Sofia. After a goalscoring debut against France on Wednesday, Marcus began on the bench but was introduced after 35 minutes. By then Teemu Pukki had given The Fins a one-goal advantage. Robin Lod added a second just before the break, but Finland had to withstand heavy second-half pressure. After Galin Ivanov missed a spot kick on the hour, Dimitar Iliev made no mistake when presented with the same opportunity seven minutes later. However, Finland hung on to record a fourth win in five League B4 games.
It now all comes down to Wednesday’s finale in Cardiff against Wales. Victory for Marcus and his teammates would see them leapfrog Wales and earn promotion to League A.
At Under-21 level, Valdimar Þór Ingimundarson’s 93rd minute goal gave Iceland the three points they needed against Ireland to keep their Under-21 European Championship Qualifying hopes well and truly alive. Patrik Gunnarsson started the must-win game in Tallaght, earning his tenth cap in the process, while Valgeir Valgeirsson wasn’t in the matchday squad. The two sides traded goals either side of the break; Ari Leifsson’s own-goal cancelling out Sveinn Aron Guðjohnsen’s early effort. Nathan Collins was sent off two minutes from time just before Ingimundarson sparked wild scenes of celebration with his injury-time effort.
With their game against Armenia likely to be cancelled, therefore giving Iceland the points, only a Sweden win over Italy will deny Patrik and his teammates second spot and likely progression through as one of the five best second-placed teams.