Iceland midfielder Dagny Brynjarsdottir says they must be at their best to overcome France and guarantee their spot in the quarter-finals at Euro 2022 (Match betting – Iceland 15/2, Draw 4/1, France 1/3).
The final group matches of the 2022 Women’s European Championships take place on Monday with Iceland, Belgium and Italy all still capable of joining France (3/1 Women’s Euro 2022 outright) in reaching the knockout phase.
France sit top of Group D after winning both of their opening two games and are certain to finish at the summit with Iceland second on two points.
Iceland are a point clear of Belgium in third and Italy in fourth heading into Monday’s 20:00 clash with France at Rotherham’s New York Stadium.
Stelpurnar okkar have only made it beyond the group once in their previous three Euros involvements, reaching the last-eight in 2013, and victory over France will ensure their passage, while a draw or even a loss could be enough if the result in the other Group D clash goes in their favour.
They will, of course, be targeting all three points to try and control their own fate, but midfielder Brynjarsdottir accepts that will be “tough”.
Brynjarsdottir said: “Obviously [France] are going to be really tough. But it’s football: anything can happen, so we need to play at our best to be able to get something out of that. We haven’t won a game yet and that is still the goal.”
Monday’s other clash takes place at Manchester City’s Academy Stadium with Italy and Belgium vying for the chance to extend their stay in the competition (Match betting – Italy 17/20, Draw 13/5, Belgium 3/1).
It’s the first meeting between the two nations since 2018 when Belgium ran out 2-1 winners and midfielder Ives Serneels admits beating Italy would be “historic”.
Serneels said: “We can really start in this tournament. It will be a historic day for Belgian women’s football. And I’m going to be honest, if we don’t qualify to the next round I will be very disappointed.”