Thursday, 12 August 2010
Njardvík 1-2 Víkingur Reykjavík
The Njarðtaksvöllurinn on the south-west peninsula of Iceland
Welcome to Iceland. The financial crisis is passing, that volcano with the long name has stopped causing planes to be grounded across Europe and the nation is halfway through her football season. In particular we were entertained this evening by top vs bottom in the deild karla (Iceland's second tier) and it was the top team who took the three points and are looking likely to secure promotion to the Pepsi-deildin.
At the bottom, Njardvík's poor run of form continued and no extends to six defeats in a row leaving them bottom and favourites for relegation. It seems unlikely that manager Kristín Friðriksdóttir will last for much longer at this rate.
The match itself began comfortably for the side from Reykjavík (though believe it or not 7 teams in the League come from the capital city) and took the lead thanks to a goal from Daniel Hjaltason in the 20th minute. Fans of Icelandic football may remember him from Valur, notably when he scored both of his teams goals in the Deildabikar (Icelandic League Cup) Final in 2007 which they still went on to lose.
The second half continued in much the same way but a penalty to the home side allowed them to equalise. Víkingur continued to push though and got a deserved winner in the 76th minute. The goal was scored by promising 18 year old right-back Sigurdur Egill Lárusson and it is his second goal for the club this season. The future looks bright both for this young man and his current club.