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Iceland – Italy, head to head

  • Italy and Iceland meet for the first time in 20 years on matchday two of Group D at the UEFA Women’s EURO at Manchester City Academy Stadium.
  • Italy need to bounce back from their inaugural 5-1 loss to France, the heaviest tied defeat in their EURO history. The Azzurre became the first team to concede five goals in one half in the competition.
  • Iceland had to settle for a point against Belgium, despite Berglind Thorvaldsdóttir’s opener. The Belgians equalized on a penalty converted by Justine Vanhaevermaet.
  • These two teams secured their places in the tournament as the best runners-up of the qualifying campaign, along with Austria.
  • These nations are playing each other for the first time since April 2021, when they played two friendlies in Florence over four days.
  • These nations drew 1-1 in their last meeting, Karólína Lea Vilhjálmsdóttir’s long-range goal in the 40e minute for Iceland annihilating the opener of Valentina Giacinti in the first minute.
  • Italy had won 1-0 in the first game of the double tie three days earlier, Arianna Caruso scoring the winning goal in the 70the minute.
  • The Azzurre have won two of their last three meetings with Iceland, who they also beat 2-1 in a friendly tournament in Portugal in March 2007.
  • Patrizia Panico scored the winning goal in the 90e minute after Margrét Lára Viðarsdóttir’s penalty canceled out Pamela Conti’s opener for Italy.
  • Italy are undefeated in their last four meetings with Iceland (2 wins).
  • This is the first competitive game between the two countries since a goalless draw in a FIFA Women’s World Cup 2003 qualifier in Arzachena in June 2002.
  • Iceland’s only victory against the Azzurre was a 2-1 win earlier in that 2003 World Cup qualifying campaign, in Reykjavik in September 2001.
  • Olga Færseth scored in each half before Ásthildur Helgadóttir’s own goal late in the game. Italy’s only success in their four competitive encounters against Iceland came in June 2000, when they won 1-0 at Urbino in EURO 2001 qualification.
  • The two teams had drawn 0-0 in Reykjavik in September 1999.
  • Italy is taking part in the EURO for the 12th time, which is a joint record with Norway.
  • Italy’s best performances in the competition were as runners-up in 1993 and 1997, after failing to qualify for the tournament in 1995. In 1993, as hosts, they were beaten by Norway in Cesena, Birthe Hegstad scoring the winning goal in the 75the minute. Four years later, the Italians lost 2-0 in the final against Germany, Sandra Minnert and Birgit Prinz scoring in Oslo.
  • Italy have been eliminated in the group stage at three of the last five tournaments, reaching the quarter-finals in 2009 and 2013.
  • Iceland are taking part in their fourth EURO. They finished last in their group in 2009 and 2017, before reaching the quarter-finals in 2013, where they were eliminated by hosts Sweden.
  • Iceland’s only victory in the finals before the 2022 tournament was a 1-0 victory over the Netherlands on matchday three in 2013, which allowed them to progress to the quarter-finals at the expense of his opponent.
  • Italy secured their place at EURO 2022 as one of the top three runners-up, with 25 points out of a possible 30 in Group B.
  • Iceland also qualified for their fourth consecutive EURO finals as one of the three best teams to finish in second place, collecting 19 points from a possible 24 to finish second behind Sweden in the F group.
  • Iceland have only dropped points against Blågult, with a 1-1 draw in Reykjavik in September 2020 and a 2-0 away defeat the following month.
  • By losing 5-1 against France in the 1D Italy conceded five goals for only the second time in their EURO history, after losing 5-3 to Norway in 2005.
  • The Azzurre equaled their heaviest defeat in the competition there, with a four-goal difference, as against Germany in 2005 (4-0).
  • Italy have lost five of their last six EURO matches, conceding 15 goals in the process. She has lost 11 of her last 16 meetings in the final phase (4 v, 1 n).
  • The Azzurre have kept a clean sheet just three times in 33 EURO finals appearances.
  • Iceland snapped a four-game EURO losing streak. The 1D day saw only the third time they avoided defeat in the finals.
  • Iceland have won only one of their 11 games in the tournament (2d, 8d).
  • In that draw against Belgium, captain Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir extended her streak, starting in all of Iceland’s EURO matches.
  • Iceland have scored five goals in 11 EURO appearances, and never more than one per game.
  • Against Belgium, Iceland opened the scoring for the fourth time in their EURO history (1 v, 1 d, 2 d).
  • Iceland-Belgium was the only match of the 1D scoreless day in the first period.

In two minutes, France 5-1 Italy

Players to follow

Italy: Arianna Caruso

  • The 22-year-old scored the only goal in Italy’s last win over Iceland, a 1-0 friendly win in April 2021.
  • The midfielder has scored three goals in his six appearances in 2023 World Cup qualifying, including two in the 7-0 win over Lithuania on April 8.
  • Caruso made her Azzurre debut in a EURO 2022 qualifier, coming on as a substitute in the 3-2 away win over Israel in August 2019.
  • She scored her first international goal in the second leg in February 2021.
  • Having signed from Juventus in 2017, she became the first player to reach 100 Bianconere appearances in May 2021

Iceland: Berglind Björg Thorvaldsdottir

  • The 30-year-old has had two spells in Italy’s Serie A, first with Verona in 2017 and more recently with Milan in 2020.
  • The striker has featured in all six of Iceland’s 2023 World Cup qualifiers so far, scoring in away wins in Cyprus and Belarus.
  • Thorvaldsdóttir made one qualifying appearance for Iceland in the EURO 2017 group stage, coming on as a substitute in the 3-0 matchday three loss to Austria.
  • The forward moved to Norwegian club football to join SK Brann in January 2022, having also represented teams in the Netherlands, France and Sweden, as well as Italy and her native Iceland .

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