No team in the Urvalsdeild has more draws than Vikingur Olafsvik.
Unfortunately, no team in the Urvalsdeild has fewer wins than Vikingur Olafsvik.
Vikingur pulled off another draw Sunday against a very solid Breiðablik side, with keeper EInar Hjörleifsson putting up another clean sheet. Getting a result against a team in the running for a Europa League spot isn’t something to scoff at. On the other hand, time is running out in the season to get out of the relegation zone, and things don’t get any easier over the next two weeks with matches against top squads FH and KR.
Come to think of it, draws over the next two weeks might not be such a bad thing.
For the first hour or so, it looked like the Vikingur squad had left their ability to create at home in Olafsvik with captain Guðmundur Steinn Hafsteinsson. Vikingur didn’t have a scoring opportunity until the 57th minute, when Damir Muminovic came close on a header off a free kick, and only some stellar goalkeeping from Hjörleifsson kept the game scoreless.
IBV broke through in the 67th minute off a corner, with Þorvarðarson putting away a rebound from the edge of the penalty area after Hjörleifsson saved a header from Gauta. The mood was low as interim captain Masic went down and had to be helped off the pitch for five minutes and the rain came down in Vestmannaeyjar.
Everything turned around the 80 minute mark, as Farid Zato, who may have gotten away with handling earlier in the second half, put the club on his back and carried them to a result. He cracked a shot from distance, just off frame but putting IBV keeper David “Calamity” James on notice. Then, after Vikingur got possession off the ensuing goal kick, he broke through three IBV defenders and buried a shot past James from the edge of the area to level at 1-1.
The last 10 minutes was a flurry of activity as Vikingur pushed forward to try to steal two more points. Birgisson fired home a header after a give-and-go with Toni Espinosa in the 89th minute, but was ruled offside. Two minutes later Espinosa set up another opportunity, this time for Sami Jimenez, whose shot sailed just over the crossbar. Alas, it wasn’t to be, but Vikingur came home with a well-earned point.