After a fantastic summer during the European Championships, the Republic of Ireland and Iceland met in a friendly on Tuesday night.
Both countries had an amazing tournament during the summer with Iceland reaching the quarter finals after beating England, while Ireland nearly reached the quarter finals to meet Iceland after being 1-0 up against the hosts France. While that quarter final meeting never happened, both nations had a fantastic summer that they will never forget.
The game was a chance to give new players a game and test out other players for future fixtures, so we didn’t get to see the likes of Shane Long, Jonathan Walters, Glyfi Sigurdsson and Johann Gudmundsson. The game did see Robbie Brady play as captain for the first time ever, after a fantastic Euro 2016 for Brady were he scored the goal against Italy that got Ireland into the knockout stages.
It was a well deserved reward for a player who has done so much for the Republic of Ireland of the past few years.
The game did show how far both teams have come over the past few years. The Republic of Ireland are joint top of their World Cup Qualifying group with a really good chance of qualifying for the next World Cup in Russia. While Iceland have been brilliant for the last five or so years, having nearly qualified for the World Cup in Brazil Iceland then qualified for the Euros in France. Iceland are still doing brilliant they are currently second in their qualifying group three points behind Croatia who are in first, and after Iceland’s 1-0 win against Ireland they are still a team that people need to pay attention to.