Ice cool Scots march to victory
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Goals in each half from Christian Dailly and Gary Naysmith gave Berti Vogts three points and a much-needed boost.
Dailly's header after just seven minutes of the first period and then Naysmith's great strike just after the hour mark were just reward for the Scots, who put last month's shock draw with the Faroe Islands firmly behind them.
The first goal came from the first bout of pressure from Vogts's side. Constant Scottish pressure led to three successive corners, the last of which was swung over by Naysmith and West Ham United's Dailly met the ball to head over Icelandic goalkeeper Arni Gautur Arason.
Scotland continued to apply the pressure and a goal-line clearance from Herman Hreidarsson kept the score at 1-0 just minutes later.
Iceland's first chance came after 20 minutes when Eidur Gudjohnsen started the move which found Helgi Sigurdsson, who in turn crossed for Runar Kristinsson and he unleashed a great left footed drive which cannoned of Douglas's crossbar.
Gudjohnsen was then guilty of missing a good chance, after some good work from Haukur Gudnason in the area, but the Chelsea man failed to test Douglas.
Scotland then missed a couple of chances when Steve Thompson almost got on the end of a Stevie Crawford flick-on and Barry Ferguson curled a free-kick wide when well placed on the edge of the area.
Manager Berti Vogts was forced to change things just before half time when Celtic's Jackie McNamara limped off the pitch and he was replaced by Callum Davidson.
Scotland made a very strong start to the second period and Crawford should have doubled his side's advantage, but he shot wide .
Iceland looked to push forward to regain some impetus, but then Scotland hit them with a sucker punch as they grabbed the second.
Scotland broke clear and Naysmith picked up the ball on his right foot before turning and driving it into the top corner of Arason's net, with Hreidarsson looking more than a little bit guilty for allowing the former Hearts man to turn him.
The sparsh crowd at the Laugardalsvollur Stadium tried to help their side mount a comeback, but it was not to be.
The Icelanders tried in vein to push forward, but a well-marshalled Scottish back-line held firm, although late chances for Marel Baldvinsson and Ivar Ingimarsson could have made things interesting.
Meanwhile in Kaunas, Lithuania move off the bottom of Group Five with a 2-0 home win over the Faroe Islands.
Two goals in the first half saw off the Scandinavian minnows, with Tomas Razanauskas opening the scoring from the penalty spot after 23 minutes.
Robertas Poskus made it two fourteen minutes later as the Baltic nation seemed determined not to be stung by the Faroes, as Scotland were last month.
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