Stoppage Time Equalizer Drops Vikingur to 2-2 Draw

I haven’t done any match summaries this season, because finding any kind of recaps online has been darned hard.  First world football blogger problems, to be sure.  However, I have now tracked down a source – fotbolti.net – and with the help of Google Translate, will do my best to get back into the summaries.

Vikingur Olafsvik came out firmly in control, with good possession and multiple scoring opportunities in the first half hour, but weren’t able to convert.  KA Akureyri keeper Srdjan Rajkovic kept his side in the match, with some outstanding saves on Brynjar Kristmundsson and Friend of the Blog Eyþór Helgi Birgisson.  In the 23d minute, midfielder Bjorn Palsson pulled up with a thigh injury, but returned to the pitch five minutes later.  Finally in the 34th minute Eyþór beat his defender and lofted a ball into the box for striker Kemal Cesa to knock into the goal.  Vikingur had more opportunities in the first half, mostly down the right side through Eyþór, but weren’t able to find the back of the net, and went in to halftime only up 1-0.

Olafsvik stayed strong through the first 15 minutes of the second half, with Eyþór and Cesa continuing to abuse the left side of the Akureyri defense, but were continually denied by Rajkovic.  In the 54th minute, Palsson finally succumbed to his injured thigh and was subbed off for the Pride of Hackettstown, Joey Spivack.  Palsson’s departure seemed to give Akureyri some new life, as they started taking control of the midfield, taking advantage of Spivack’s newness to the squad.  They weren’t able to find the back of the net, though, until the 71st minute, when KA forward Ævar Ingi Jóhannesson’s ball deflected off Tomasz Luba and into the Vikingur net.

Four minutes later, though, Steinar Már Ragnarsson got the ball away from KA mid Edin Beslija and slipped through the Akureyri defense, slotting a shot neatly past Rajkovic to put Olafsvik back in front 2-1, and it looked like Vikingur was headed into a three-way tie for second place in the 1.Dield.  KA pressed higher and higher up the pitch to try to grab an equalizer, and the action was end-to-end, with Gunnar Örvar Stefánsson hitting the crossbar off a corner in the 88th minute, and Vikingur breaking away in the other direction with Cesa being denied yet again after getting through one-on-one against Rajkovic.  Finally, though, in the first minute of stoppage time, Ævar got a sliver of space away from Emir Dokara and found Gunnar in the box, who beat keeper Arnar Darri Pétursson to draw Akureyri level.

It wasn’t over, though, as Eyþór kept pounding down the right flank trying to will his team to the victory; as the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time was winding down, he broke behind the defense but couldn’t find the back of the net, and the match ended in a 2-2 draw.

The result leaves Vikingur firmly in the middle of the table, in fifth place with 19 points.  They are only two points out of second place, but are well back of the other contenders on goal differential, at -1 compared to +12 for Akranes, +3 for HK Kópavogur, and +10 for KA.

Major tip of the hat to Magnús Þór Jónsson of fotbolti.net for the real-time text summary that I used to construct this summary.

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