Vikingur Falls to Fylkir and Falls to 1.Deild

Vikingur Olafsvik came into today’s match at the Fylkisvöllur needing a win to have a chance at avoiding relegation, and for the first 45 minutes, it looked like it could happen.  Vikingur controlled the play and built up well on the attack, but was unable to finish, while Fylkir was limited to defending and counterattacking.  The teams entered halftime in a tight scoreless draw.

In the second half, however, Fylkir came out aggressively, playing a tight pressing defense, and getting the ball into striker Viðar Örn Kjartansson.  Kjartansson had three good opportunities in the first ten minute of the second half, firing a shot outside the post, banging one off the crossbar, and having a third saved by Hjörleifsson.  In the 62nd minute, Pablo Punyed and Kjartansson connected on a corner, with Kjartansson sliding it in at the far post.  Five minutes later, Kiko Insa brought Kjartansson down in the box, and Emil Berger converted the penalty.

Vikingur threw everyone forward in the last 20 minutes, subbing in forward Magnusson for defender Hjaltalin and bringing in Birgisson’s fresh legs for Palsson.  Two quick opportunities came to naught, as Eldar Masic shot wide and Guðmundur Magnússon’s goal was disallowed due to offside.  After Farid Zato hit the crossbar from 25 meters and Eyþór Helgi Birgisson went over the top of the frame, the two connected to bring Vikingur back within one goal, with Zato passing into the box to the feet of Birgisson, who calmly slotted it home.

There were no more miracles for the men from Olafsvik, though, as time ran out on their attempts to equalize.  With the loss, Vikingur stayed at 17 points as Fylkir moved to 23.  Thor’s 1-0 victory at IA moved them to 21 points, dooming Vikingur to relegation.


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