Albania 1 - 2 Iceland

Match info: World Cup - Group E at Qemal Stafa Stadium

Date: 12/10/2012 KO: 18:00 Ref: T Asumaa Att: 4,000

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Edgar Cani 29



Birkir Bjarnason 19
Gylfi Sigurdsson 81

FT (ht: 1-1)

  • Last Updated: October 12 2012, 20:49 BST

Gylfi Sigurdsson struck the winning goal nine minutes from full-time as Iceland registered a hard-fought win over Albania in their World Cup qualifier in Tirana.

Gylfi Sigurdsson: Netted late winner
Gylfi Sigurdsson: Netted late winner

The Tottenham midfielder lashed home a thumping free-kick from the edge of the area as Iceland picked up their second win in three Group E outings.

Birkir Bjarnason had earlier fired Iceland into the lead before Edgar Cani levelled for Albania, who slipped to their second straight defeat.

Nineteen minutes were on the clock when Iceland took the lead after Kari Arnason flicked for Bjarnason to poke home from on the goalline after Samir Ujkani saved his initial effort.

The hosts were level 10 minutes later when Alban Meha played an inviting ball across the face of goal and Cani had the simplest of tasks to turn the ball home at the back post.

But it was Iceland celebrating at the final whistle as Sigurdsson stepped up in the 81st minute to fire a free-kick into the top-left corner.