Cymru vs. Iceland | 2025 European Women’s Championship – UWNL League Stage – Grp A3


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      1. Match Summary

        Cymru succumbed to a 2-1 home defeat against Iceland on Friday evening at the Cardiff City Stadium in League A of the UEFA Nations League.

        The defeat sees Cymru confirmed as relegated from League A of the competition with one game remaining against Germany on Tuesday night.

        However, the home side started brightly on the night and posed a threat in the opening exchanges. Jess Fishlock and Rachel Rowe offered some early promise, but both could only fire their opening efforts wide of the target.

        Gemma Grainger’s side continued to pose a regular threat to the Icelandic goal in the opening period, with some neat interplay almost setting Fishlock free on goal, only for the chance to be squandered due to a misplaced pass.

        Despite their positive start, it was the opposition who broke the deadlock just on the cusp of the half hour mark. Sædis Heiŏarsdóttir’s cross from the left flank was headed into the danger area by Cymru defender Hayley Ladd before a ricochet saw Hildur Antonsdóttir beat Ladd to the ball and poke home to give Iceland the lead against the run of play.

        After the break, the visitors strengthened their grip on the game. With 57 minutes on the clock, Hlín Eiríksdóttir looked destined to extend their lead, but in the process of firing an effort at goal, she was adjudged to have handled the ball.

        Cymru made changes as they searched for an equaliser, with both Elise Hughes and Ffion Morgan entering the fray.

        Grainger’s charges pressed for an equaliser, but their efforts were quashed when, with 12 minutes remaining, Dilja Zomers rocketed an effort past Clark in the Cymru goal to double Iceland’s advantage.

        Elise Hughes nodded home a goal late in injury time, after a pinpoint cross from Lily Woodham on the left, but it was not to be for Cymru on a cold night in Cardiff.

        The side now turn their attention to the clash against Germany at the Swansea.Com Stadium on Tuesday evening with a 6:30pm kick-off.

      2. Despite the dominant first half performance and last minute goal it is not enough for Cymru tonight and it ends in defeat. We will be in League B for the UEFA EURO 2025 Qualifiers that start in April.

      3. Goal

        HUGHES Elise

      4. Gôl! Woodham finds Hughes and she heads home to grab one back for Cymru!!

      5. Four minutes added time.

      6. Last five! Ladd delivers a ball into the box but no one is able to latch on.

      7. Cymru are still fighting! Holland’s shot is cleared for a corner.

      8. Yellow card


      9. Substitution


      10. Goal


      11. Gôl. Iceland substitute, Zomers makes an impact with a great strike from distance.

      12. Substitution


      13. Substitution


      14. Substitution

        MORGAN Ffion Alys replaces ROBERTS Rhiannon

      15. It is nothing major and play is resumed!

      16. Clarke is down receiving treatment.

      17. Substitution


      18. Substitution


      19. Substitution

        HUGHES Elise replaces GREEN Kayleigh

      20. Elise Hughes comes onto the pitch with a great reception from the crowd!

      21. Yellow card


      22. Yellow card


      23. Holland’s ball into the box is cleared by Iceland, who are looking much more threatening this half.

      24. Close chance for Iceland!! The shot is initially saved by Clarke. The loose ball is picked up by Eiríksdóttir whose hand makes contact with the ball and then back heels it into the net. The goal is disallowed…

      25. Corner for Iceland. They play it short and it is eventually shut down by Ingle and Fishlock who clear for another corner.

      26. James has the first chance of the half as she strikes over the crossbar from the edge of the box after receiving a ball from Holland!

      27. The action is back underway. BIG 45 minutes incoming!🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿⚽️

      28. Hanner Amser!

        Cymru have been dominant in the first 45 minutes, so it is a shame to be a goal down to the visitors.

        The chances have been many and we keep pushing in the second half! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

      29. One last push before half time and it comes from Woodham’s pint point ball to Holland. She makes contact with the ball but clashes with the keeper giving away a free kick.

      30. Green sends a ball through to Fishlock who has found her way through the defence and faces goal! Unfortunately, the flag is up.

      31. We keep pushing 💪

      32. SAVE by the Icelandic keeper! Fishlock’s shot looks dangerous from the edge of the box but it is not enough this time!

      33. Cymru are fighting back! A good passage of play down the right wing but Green is shut down, winning a corner.

        CYFLE!! Rowe finds James and she strikes just over the bar.

      34. Own goal

        LADD Hayley

      35. Gol for our visitors on what is their first real chance of the game. A scrap in the box and the loose ball is picked up by Antonsdóttir and slotted past Clarke.

      36. Goal


      37. Good play down the left wing! But the play is stopped as Kayleigh Green is called offside.

      38. AGOS! Rowe pings a ball too Holland. Her header is not enough to beat the Icelandic keeper, Ívarsdóttir who collects it calmly!

        Cymru are dominating most of the play 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

      39. 🫶 Tîm.

        The squad are dedicating tonight’s team photo to Tasha Cox ♥️🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

      40. Fishlock is brought down in the box but no penalty given, the loose ball is followed up by Green and her effort is wide of the post.

        The chance is met with a roar from the crowd!

      41. A good attacking phase for Wales and another corner won. Rowe takes and the ball just skims Hughes head!

        A positive start for Wales 🙌

      42. CYFLE! Green finds Rowe in the box who turns and strikes just wide of the post! Cymru have found good momentum in these opening minutes.

      43. Early chance for Jess Fishlock, who strikes from distance! It is just over the crossbar…

      44. And we’re off! C’MON CYMRU

      45. The squad being put through their paces with kick-off just 15 minutes away here at the Cardiff City Stadium.

      46. Sophie Ingle captains the side for this evening’s UEFA Women’s Nations League A fixture against Iceland.

      47. Gemma Grainger makes three changes to the squad that faced Denmark in Cymru’s last outing. Ceri Holland, Rachel Rowe and Kayleigh Green return the Starting XI for tonight’s clash against Iceland at the Cardiff City Stadium.

      48. 📍Stadiwm Dinas Caerdydd.

        Tonight’s stage has been set!

      49. Pre-match stroll 🚶‍♀️

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