International Friendlies

Iceland held by Ghana in final World Cup warm-up

Gylfi Sigurdsson
Iceland skipper Gylfi Sigurdsson fends off the attentions of two Ghana defenders.

Iceland's World Cup send-off was spoiled as Ghana came from two goals down to claim a draw in Reykjavik.

Kari Arnason broke the deadlock before Alfred Finnbogason nodded into an empty net after Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson's shot was parried.

Ghana struck back midway through the second period through Kasim Nuhu before Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey secured a draw on 87 minutes.

Iceland will now go into their first World Cup without a win in four games.

They begin their campaign on Saturday, 16 June, against Argentina in Moscow.

Ghana failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 2002 and dissolved its football association on Thursday amid corruption claims.



Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Halldórsson
  • 15Eyjólfsson
  • 14Árnason
  • 6R Sigurdsson
  • 23AF Skúlason
  • 7Berg Gudmundsson
  • 10G SigurdssonSubstituted forGíslasonat 67'minutes
  • 20HallfredssonSubstituted forOI Skúlasonat 88'minutes
  • 8BjarnasonBooked at 17minsSubstituted forIngasonat 76'minutes
  • 11FinnbogasonSubstituted forBödvarssonat 65'minutes
  • 9SigurdarsonSubstituted forTraustasonat 90'minutes


  • 2Saevarsson
  • 3Fridjónsson
  • 4Gudmundsson
  • 5Ingason
  • 12Schram
  • 13Rúnarsson
  • 16OI Skúlason
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 18Magnússon
  • 19Gíslason
  • 21Traustason
  • 22Bödvarsson


Formation 4-2-2-2

  • 12Ati
  • 18YiadomBooked at 76mins
  • 19Opoku
  • 4Nuhu
  • 17Agbenyenu
  • 5Partey
  • 2AttamahSubstituted forAcquahat 45'minutes
  • 23GyasiSubstituted forAdomahat 81'minutes
  • 14AmpomahSubstituted forAcheampongat 69'minutesBooked at 76mins
  • 11DwamenaSubstituted forSackeyat 45'minutes
  • 21BoatengSubstituted forWriedtat 69'minutes


  • 1Ofori Antwi
  • 6Acquah
  • 7Adomah
  • 9Wriedt
  • 13Sackey
  • 22Acheampong
Robert Madley

Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Iceland 2, Ghana 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Iceland 2, Ghana 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Afriyie Acquah (Ghana).

  4. Post update

    Arnór Ingvi Traustason (Iceland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Isaac Sackey (Ghana) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Sverrir Ingi Ingason (Iceland).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Iceland. Arnór Ingvi Traustason replaces Björn Sigurdarson.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Ghana. Conceded by Hannes Thór Halldórsson.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kwasi Okyere Wriedt (Ghana) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Iceland. Ólafur Ingi Skúlason replaces Emil Hallfredsson.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Iceland 2, Ghana 2. Thomas Partey (Ghana) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Frank Acheampong.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Isaac Sackey (Ghana) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Thomas Partey.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Albert Adomah (Ghana).

  14. Post update

    Ari Freyr Skúlason (Iceland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Ghana. Albert Adomah replaces Edwin Gyasi.

  16. Post update

    Thomas Partey (Ghana) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Björn Sigurdarson (Iceland).

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Iceland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  19. Booking

    Andy Yiadom (Ghana) is shown the yellow card.

  20. Booking

    Frank Acheampong (Ghana) is shown the yellow card.