Åge Hareide and Iceland: Ukraine lost to the European Football Championship

Åge Hareide and Iceland: Ukraine lost to the European Football Championship

Said: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Photo: Francisco Seco/AP/NTB

(Ukraine – Iceland 2-1) Volodymyr Zelensky thanks the Ukrainian national team for giving the country great feelings.

  • Shortly after Ukraine's victory, Poland also secured a place in the European Championship, beating Wales on penalties. Dan James missed the decisive penalty kick for Wales.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky writes with emotion and joy on Twitter/X.

“Thank you, guys. Thank you, team. A lot of emotions in the whole country. For the important victory and access to the European Commission. And let us prove once again: when Ukraine faces difficulties, we do not give up, we continue to fight. The Ukrainians are winning,” Zelensky wrote.


“In times when the enemy is trying to destroy us, we show every day that Ukrainians exist and will continue to exist. (…). Thank you for the victory. Glory to Ukraine.”

For Iceland: Åge Hareide. Photograph: Casper Pemble/Reuters/NTB

Augie Hareide has bad football memories since his last encounter with Ukraine. He resigned as manager of the Norwegian national team after a 1-0 loss to Ukraine in 2008. Now things have gotten worse again.

-It's always frustrating to lose in the end. I wish we could go to extra time, but they are putting pressure on us. But we create chances to equalize. I am very proud of the boys and the team,” said Aji Haridi in an interview with the license holder.

But it started well.

Iceland scored in the first half, when Albert Gudmundsson shot the ball wonderfully into the goal after great movement, but Ukraine was still the better team in the first half.

Goal celebration: Albert Gudmundsson in blue. Photograph: Zarek Sokolowski/AP/NTB

Due to the war in Ukraine, the match was played on neutral ground in Wroclaw, Poland, about 53 miles from the border with Ukraine.

Earlier Tuesday night, Georgia stunned then They made a big noise against Greece.

After the break, Ukraine was devastated. Eight minutes later, what should have happened happened: Ukraine and Viktor Tsygankov scored. It was a good shot from his left foot, slightly out of goalkeeper Hakon Rafn Valdemarsson's reach.

After the 64th minute, Martin Ødegaard's teammate Oleksandr Zinchenko entered instead of Martin Ødegaard. The Ukraine captain boosted the yellow votes even more.

Ukraine continued the pressure. There was one team on the field.

But after 75 minutes, Iceland woke up again and made two powerful attacks and came close to scoring. On the sidelines was Åge Hareide and pointed forward. And it seems to help. Because suddenly there was speed on the feet of the Iceland players again. They ran forward.

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Decision: Mykhailo Modric. Photograph: Zarek Sokolowski/AP/NTB

But after 83 minutes, Ukraine turned the score around. Chelsea star Mykhailo Modric scored a goal with a wonderful long shot.

This was the match that Haridi was not supposed to lead. There are many matches in which Hareidi was not supposed to lead. I've posted several times.

In June 2013, he took a job outside football and said he was done as a football coach for good.

So you could be wrong, because this is how it worked:

  • He initially coached Malmo in 2014-2015
  • Then it became Denmark 2016-2020
  • Return to Rosenborg 2020-2021: Hareidi said in the summer of 2021 that he would retire at the end of the season.
  • Then came Malmo again, 2022: appointed in the fall, he should help Malmo through the season. He said he felt done as a football coach.
  • He is now the Iceland national team coach: another comeback when in April 2023 he was appointed as the Iceland national team coach.

Hareidi still has a contract with Iceland. In January Extended with the island state until 2025.

Najuma Ojukwu

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