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Football - 19. July 2013.

History favours Sweden for Iceland showdown

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Iceland must overcome a passionate home crowd and the weight of history to get past Sweden in their UEFA Women's EURO 2013 quarter-final showdown on Sunday.

Head-to-head record
• This will be the 14th game between these teams. Sweden have won 11 and Iceland just one, with one draw. The goal tally is 47-8 in Sweden's favour.

• The nations first met during qualifying for the 1984 European Competition for Women's Football, with Sweden cantering to a 6-0 victory on 9 September 1982 and casting a shadow over Iceland's first home international.

• Sweden triumphed in their first six games against Iceland, plundering 23 goals before a 2-2 stalemate in 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying on 28 August 2005. Hedvig Lindahl, Caroline Seger and Lotta Schelin all started the match in Karlskoga for Sweden, with Thóra Helgadóttir, Dóra Maria Lárusdóttir and Margrét Lára Vidarsdóttir doing likewise for Iceland. Vidarsdóttir cancelled out Schelin's 73rd-minute effort to secure a point for the visitors.

• It took ten games for Iceland to beat Sweden, their breakthrough triumph a 2-1 Algarve Cup success in Loule, Portugal, on 2 March 2011. Vidarsdóttir and long-serving captain Katrín Jónsdóttir got their goals.

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