Euro 2022: Belgium and Iceland play out entertaining draw

Euro 2022: Belgium and Iceland play out entertaining draw


Iceland and Belgium were forced to settle for a point each after an entertaining Euro 2022 Group D encounter in front of a raucous crowd at Manchester City’s Academy Stadium.

Berglind Thorvaldsdottir’s second-half header had put Iceland on course for only 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 sides ended level in what was the first match of the tournament for both.

At 0-0, Thorvaldsdottir had a penalty saved by Nicky Evrard after experienced defender Davina Philtjens had handled.

Academy Stadium passes Euro 2022 test

Before Euro 2022 began, the decision to use the Academy Stadium as a venue was labelled “embarrassing” by Iceland’s captain Sara Bjork Gunnarsdottir.

The home of Manchester City’s women’s team is the smallest venue, having a tournament capacity of 4,400, with organisers arguing it is better to play games in front of sell-out crowds than thousands of empty seats in big stadiums.

On a glorious sunny day, the venue passed the test as Iceland and Belgium fans came together to create a carnival atmosphere.

The official attendance was 3,859 but it sounded like much more at times.

The seventh game of the tournament was played out against the backdrop of non-stop noise, with Belgium’s fan band competing against the drums of Iceland’s followers to see who could be the loudest.

There was even the sight and sound of the Viking clap, which came to prominence at the men’s Euro 2016, when about 8% of the Icelandic population accompanied the team to France.

There are venues that dwarf the Academy Stadium in terms of size at this tournament, like Old Trafford and Wembley Stadium.

But as atmospheres go, this was up there with the best.

Iceland's fans during the Euro 2022 game against Belgium
Iceland have only managed to win one of the four matches in which they have taken the lead at the Euros (D1 L2), beating the Netherlands in 2013 (1-0)
Belgium fans during the Euro 2022 game with Iceland at Manchester City's Academy Stadium
Belgium’s four total goals at the Euros have come in only two different minutes of play – they have scored in the 59th minute twice and the 67th minute twice

Iceland’s prime minister cheers on team

They rolled out the red carpet at the Academy Stadium to welcome Iceland’s prime minister, who flew to England to support the team.

Katrin Jakobsdottir joined supporters in the fan park in Manchester city centre before watching an action-packed game.

Meanwhile, Belgium men’s boss Roberto Martinez was also in the crowd.

Belgium men's boss Roberto Martinez at the Euro 2022 match between Belgium and Iceland
Roberto Martinez was in the crowd to support the Red Flames at Manchester City’s Academy Stadium

Belgium and Iceland created 34 chances between them but could not be separated at the final whistle.

While Belgium will play group favourites France in Rotherham next, Iceland and their fans will be back at the Academy Stadium to face Italy, with both games to be played on Thursday.

Player of the match

JónsdóttirSveindís Jónsdóttir


  1. Squad number18Player nameDe Neve

  2. Squad number7Player nameEurlings

  3. Squad number10Player nameVanhaevermaet

  4. Squad number2Player namePhiltjens

  5. Squad number20Player nameBiesmans

  6. Squad number15Player nameVangheluwe

  7. Squad number19Player nameKees

  8. Squad number13Player nameDhont

  9. Squad number1Player nameEvrard

  10. Squad number9Player nameWullaert

  11. Squad number3Player nameVan Kerkhoven

  12. Squad number11Player nameCayman

  13. Squad number6Player nameDe Caigny


  1. Squad number23Player nameJónsdóttir

  2. Squad number5Player nameJónsdóttir

  3. Squad number4Player nameViggósdóttir

  4. Squad number2Player nameAtladóttir

  5. Squad number7Player nameGunnarsdóttir

  6. Squad number1Player nameSigurdardóttir

  7. Squad number10Player nameBrynjarsdóttir

  8. Squad number11Player nameGísladóttir

  9. Squad number18Player nameArnardóttir

  10. Squad number21Player nameGudmundsdóttir

  11. Squad number17Player nameAlbertsdóttir

  12. Squad number9Player nameThorvaldsdóttir

  13. Squad number8Player nameVilhjálmsdóttir

  14. Squad number15Player nameJóhannsdóttir



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Evrard
  • 15Vangheluwe
  • 19Kees
  • 18De Neve
  • 2PhiltjensBooked at 32mins
  • 10VanhaevermaetBooked at 85mins
  • 20Biesmans
  • 13DhontSubstituted forEurlingsat 78′minutes
  • 6De Caigny
  • 11Cayman
  • 9WullaertSubstituted forVan Kerkhovenat 90+3′minutes


  • 3Van Kerkhoven
  • 4Tysiak
  • 5Wijnants
  • 7Eurlings
  • 8Delacauw
  • 12Lemey
  • 14Vanmechelen
  • 16Minnaert
  • 17Tison
  • 21Lichtfus
  • 22Deloose
  • 23Missipo


Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Sigurdardóttir
  • 2Atladóttir
  • 4Viggósdóttir
  • 18Arnardóttir
  • 11Gísladóttir
  • 8VilhjálmsdóttirSubstituted forJóhannsdóttirat 90+2′minutes
  • 10Brynjarsdóttir
  • 7GunnarsdóttirSubstituted forAlbertsdóttirat 86′minutes
  • 5Jónsdóttir
  • 9ThorvaldsdóttirSubstituted forGudmundsdóttirat 72′minutes
  • 23Jónsdóttir


  • 3Vidarsdóttir
  • 6Sigurdardóttir
  • 12Ívarsdóttir
  • 13Sveinbjornsdóttir
  • 14Magnúsdóttir
  • 15Jóhannsdóttir
  • 16Jensen
  • 17Albertsdóttir
  • 19Gunnlaugsdóttir
  • 20Árnadóttir
  • 21Gudmundsdóttir
  • 22Andradóttir

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