England started the Nations League with a happy 1-0 victory over Iceland. The moderately playing English, who lost last year in the semi-finals of the Netherlands, won in Reykjavik thanks to a used penalty kick from Raheem Sterling in the 91st minute.
It was only a matter of time before Iceland made the equaliser after the English hit. But Birkir Bjarnason failed to do what Sterling did: the midfielder shot over the penalty.
For those exciting final minutes there was little to do in the Laugardalsvöllur stadium, the Icelanders concentrated, as often, on defending.
England, however, played too weak to create danger. Harry Kane saw a goal rejected on six minutes, but the striker showed little else.
Two red cards
The English also had to go through with ten men after 71 minutes after a red card for Kyle Walker (yellow twice). However, Iceland didn’t take advantage and stuck to the defensive tactics. Just before time the Icelandic team also had to continue with ten men after Sverrir Ingi Ingason had his second yellow card, which was red.
Next Tuesday, England will play its second group game against Denmark. Belgium-Iceland is then the other game.