Iceland and Belgium have been pressured to accept a degree every after an entertaining Euro 2022 Group D encounter in entrance of a raucous crowd at Manchester City’s Academy Stadium.
Berglind Thorvaldsdottir’s second-half header had put Iceland on target for under their second win at a European Women’s Championship.
But a penalty by Reading’s Justine Vanhaevermaet, after Gunnhildur Jonsdottir’s foul on Elena Dhont, ensured the edges ended stage in what was the primary match of the event for each.
At 0-0, Thorvaldsdottir had a penalty saved by Nicky Evrard after skilled defender Davina Philtjens had dealt with.
Academy Stadium passes Euro 2022 take a look at
Before Euro 2022 started, the choice to make use of the Academy Stadium as a venue was labelled “embarrassing” by Iceland’s captain Sara Bjork Gunnarsdottir.
The dwelling of Manchester City’s ladies’s staff is the smallest venue, having a event capability of 4,400, with organisers arguing it’s higher to play video games in entrance of sell-out crowds than 1000’s of empty seats in huge stadiums.
On a wonderful sunny day, the venue handed the take a look at as Iceland and Belgium followers got here collectively to create a carnival environment.
The official attendance was 3,859 nevertheless it appeared like rather more at occasions.
The seventh sport of the event was performed out in opposition to the backdrop of continuous noise, with Belgium’s fan band competing in opposition to the drums of Iceland’s followers to see who might be the loudest.
There was even the sight and sound of the Viking clap, which got here to prominence on the males’s Euro 2016, when about 8% of the Icelandic inhabitants accompanied the staff to France.
There are venues that dwarf the Academy Stadium by way of measurement at this event, like Old Trafford and Wembley Stadium.
But as atmospheres go, this was up there with one of the best.
Iceland’s prime minister cheers on staff
They rolled out the purple carpet on the Academy Stadium to welcome Iceland’s prime minister, who flew to England to help the staff.
Katrin Jakobsdottir joined supporters within the fan park in Manchester metropolis centre earlier than watching an action-packed sport.
Meanwhile, Belgium males’s boss Roberto Martinez was additionally within the crowd.
Belgium and Iceland created 34 possibilities between them however couldn’t be separated on the closing whistle.
While Belgium will play group favourites France in Rotherham subsequent, Iceland and their followers will probably be again on the Academy Stadium to face Italy, with each video games to be performed on Thursday.
- 18De Neve
- 2PhiltjensBooked at 32mins
- 10VanhaevermaetBooked at 85mins
- 13DhontSubstituted forEurlingsat 78′minutes
- 6De Caigny
- 9WullaertSubstituted forVan Kerkhovenat 90+3′minutes
- 3Van Kerkhoven
- 8VilhjálmsdóttirSubstituted forJóhannsdóttirat 90+2′minutes
- 7GunnarsdóttirSubstituted forAlbertsdóttirat 86′minutes
- 9ThorvaldsdóttirSubstituted forGudmundsdóttirat 72′minutes
Match ends, Belgium Women 1, Iceland Women 1.
Second Half ends, Belgium Women 1, Iceland Women 1.
Hannah Eurlings (Belgium Women) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Sif Atladóttir (Iceland Women).
Substitution, Belgium Women. Ella Van Kerkhoven replaces Tessa Wullaert.
Attempt missed. Alexandra Jóhannsdóttir (Iceland Women) header from the centre of the field is shut, however misses to the fitting. Assisted by Agla Maria Albertsdóttir.
Substitution, Iceland Women. Alexandra Jóhannsdóttir replaces Karólína Lea Vilhjálmsdóttir.
Sari Kees (Belgium Women) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Dagny Brynjarsdóttir (Iceland Women).
Attempt missed. Sveindís Jónsdóttir (Iceland Women) left footed shot from the centre of the field misses to the fitting following a nook.
Corner, Iceland Women. Conceded by Laura De Neve.
Offside, Belgium Women. Hannah Eurlings tries a by means of ball, however Janice Cayman is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Karólína Lea Vilhjálmsdóttir (Iceland Women) left footed shot from outdoors the field is shut, however misses to the fitting.
Attempt blocked. Sveindís Jónsdóttir (Iceland Women) proper footed shot from the fitting aspect of the field is blocked.
Attempt missed. Karólína Lea Vilhjálmsdóttir (Iceland Women) proper footed shot from outdoors the field is simply too excessive from a direct free kick.
Substitution, Iceland Women. Agla Maria Albertsdóttir replaces Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir.
Justine Vanhaevermaet (Belgium Women) is proven the yellow card for a nasty foul.
Foul by Justine Vanhaevermaet (Belgium Women).
Dagny Brynjarsdóttir (Iceland Women) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Offside, Belgium Women. Tine De Caigny tries a by means of ball, however Hannah Eurlings is caught offside.