In their Championship Qualifier, Scotland and Iceland faced off at Pittodrie Stadium, the home of Aberdeen Football Club. Though the game ended in a 0-0 draw, there were plenty of chances for both teams to keep the crowd entertained.
Scotland held the early possession but struggled to penetrate a strong Iceland defence. However Ryan Christie was able to put the ball through for Sam Nicholson but he was ruled offside before he could take a shot at goal.
However Scotland continued to press forward and Christie put another great ball through but this time Iceland goalkeeper, Frederik Schram, was able to clear before Nicholson or Jason Cummings could run onto it.
Iceland were then awarded a free kick ten yards into the Scotland half. Oliver Sigurjónsson sent the ball into the box but Scotland’s defence were able to clear before Aron Elís Þrándarson could get there.
Stephen Kingsley drove the ball up the wing for Scotland and sent it forward for Nicholson to run onto but Orri Sigurður Ómarsson put in a great clearance kick before he could take his chance.
Scotland kept the pressure on though, and Billy King crossed the ball into the box where Iceland’s Hjӧrtur Hermannsson cleared. However it came to Scotland’s Jason Cummings who shot from thirty yards but Schram caught to deny the scoring chance.
The visitors had a chance from a corner, taken by Sigurjónsson. He went for a short kick, passing to Árni Vilhjálmsson to set up some interchanging play before Sigurjónsson shot over the crossbar.
Iceland could not build much on this attack as Scotland pressed forward again and again. Cummings, Nicholson and Christie linked up well to gain territory, with Nicholson shooting from 25 yards only to be denied by Schram once more.
Following a fantastic run by Christie, Scotland were awarded a corner taken by Nicholson. His cross into the box was only kept out by a spectacular one-handed save by Schram.
The ball was then booted to the other end of the pitch and Iceland pressed forward. Ómarsson and Vilhjálmsson linked up before passing to Sigurjónsson, who put the ball into the box for Þrándarson but Scotland held their defence well to deny him the chance to take a shot at goal.
The visitors continued to press into Scotland’s half and were awarded a free kick just outside the box. Sigurjónsson and Bӧðvar Bӧðvarsson both looked as though they were going to take the kick. Bӧðvarsson feigned and Sigurjónsson saw his shot wide of the goal.
Following a break down the wing by Billy King which Bӧðvarsson swept in to clear, Scotland Captain, John McGinn, made a powerful shot from thirty-five yards which Schram had some difficulty in controlling to keep out.
Iceland were then awarded another free kick at twenty-five yards. Sigurjónsson made a short pass to Bӧðvarsson whose shot went wide of the goal.
King and Cummings set up some interchanging play to drive into the box before Cummings shot but was denied by Schram. McGinn then shot once more, this time from 25 yards but Schram was keeping his gloves warm and Scotland frustrated.
Hӧskuldur Gunnlaugsson put in a great cross-field kick for the visitors which Þrándarson ran onto before sending into the box. From there, Elías Már Ómarsson shot but Scotland goalkeeper, Jack Hamilton, deflected it before clearing.
Scotland created one last chance with Christie and King linking up to beat several defenders but King booted into the stands to bring the half to an end.