Belgium vs Iceland: Head to head
• Belgium and Iceland are meeting only for the fourth time and have not been given a choice over the years as Group D begins in Manchester.
• Iceland won the last meeting between these two nations, winning 2-1 in an Algarve Cup group stage match in March 2016. Gunnhildur Yrsa Jónsdóttir quickly put the Iceland, before Janice Cayman equalized just before the break. Dagný Brynjarsdóttir secured Iceland’s first-ever win against the Belgians with an added-time goal late in the second half.
• Both teams have one win each in this game, each scoring twice in the three encounters.
• Iceland had failed to find the net in the first two games between the sides before that 2-1 Algarve Cup success.
• The sides’ only previous encounters were in UEFA Women’s EURO 2013 qualifying. The pair played a goalless draw in Reykjavík in September 2011 before Belgium recorded a narrow victory home six months later thanks to Tessa Wullaert’s 66th-minute goal.
• Belgium made their major tournament debut at EURO 2017, finishing third in Group A behind eventual winners the Netherlands and Denmark, who would also reach the final. The Red Flames’ only win came on Matchday 2, with Ives Serneels’ side winning 2-0 against Norway in Breda.
• Iceland are in their fourth EURO tournament. They finished bottom of their group in 2009 and 2017 either side of the quarter-finals in 2013, when they were knocked out by hosts Sweden.
• Iceland’s only victory in their ten finals matches was a 1-0 Matchday 3 match against the Netherlands in 2013, giving them a place in the Round of 16 at the expense of their opponents.
• Belgium secured a place in just their second UEFA EURO by winning Group H with seven wins from eight matches. The exception was a 2-1 loss to eventual runners-up Switzerland in Thun in September 2020.
• Iceland qualified for their fourth consecutive EURO final as one of the top three runners-up, picking up 19 points from a possible 24 to finish runners-up to Sweden in Group F. only lost points against Blågult, drawing 1-1 at Reykjavík in September 2020 before a 2-0 away loss the following month.
• The 33-year-old equalized Belgium in the last encounter between these sides, the 2-1 Algarve Cup group loss in March 2016.
• The versatile striker scored Belgium’s second goal in their only EURO 2017 win, a 2-0 Matchday 2 victory against Norway.
• Cayman started Belgium’s eight EURO 2022 qualifiers, one of only seven players to do so.
• The Lyon striker became Belgium’s most capped player in June 2021 by making her 112th appearance, surpassing Aline Zeler’s previous record.
Tine De Caigny
• The 25-year-old was the overall top scorer in EURO 2022 qualifying, scoring 12 goals in seven appearances, including eight against Lithuania – five in a 6-0 home win and three more away (9-0). .
• De Caigny maintained that form in FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 qualifying, scoring ten times in eight appearances, including a hat-trick in a 19-0 win over Armenia on 25 November.
• The striker has played every minute of Belgium’s EURO 2017 campaign but has yet to find the net at the tournament.
• The striker scored twice in her first start for the Red Flames, an 11-0 win over Greece in 2015 Women’s World Cup qualifying in September 2014.
• The 29-year-old scored the only goal in Belgium’s solitary victory to date against Iceland in EURO 2013 qualifying in Dessel in April 2012.
• The striker will be on familiar ground at the Manchester City Academy Stadium after spending two seasons with Manchester City before joining Anderlecht in 2020. She won the FA Women’s Cup and FA Women’s League Cup with City in 2018/19.
• Wullaert is the top scorer in 2023 Women’s World Cup qualifying with 15 goals in eight appearances, including five in the Red Flames’ record 19-0 win over Armenia on 25 November.
• The Belgium captain is her country’s top scorer, becoming the first player to reach 50 goals for the Red Flames with her EURO 2022 qualifying strike against Switzerland in December 2020.
• The 30-year-old netted the winner in added time when these two nations last met in Iceland’s 2-1 Algarve Cup group win in March 2016.
• Only Iceland’s Elín Metta Jensen (six) has scored more EURO 2022 qualifying goals than Brynjarsdóttir’s five, a total which included a hat-trick in the 9-0 win over Latvia in September 2020 .
• Brynjarsdóttir scored the winner in Iceland’s only EURO finals success so far, a header against the Netherlands on Matchday 3 in 2013.
• The midfielder moved to England in January 2021 to join Women’s Super League side West Ham United, after representing German side Bayern München and spending a spell in the United States with Portland Thorns.
Sara Björk Gunnarsdottir
• The 31-year-old has made more EURO appearances for Iceland than any other player, playing in her side’s last ten appearances to date.
• Gunnarsdóttir became Iceland’s top appearance producer in October 2020, surpassing Katrín Jónsdóttir’s milestone of 133 caps in the EURO 2022 qualifying loss to Sweden.
• The skipper started all eight of Iceland’s qualifiers for this tournament, one of only five players to do so.
• The midfielder, who will join Juventus for the 2022/23 season, picked up her second UEFA Women’s Champions League winners’ medal with Lyon in 2021/22.
Gunnhildur Yrsa Jonsdottir
• The 33-year-old scored the fifth-minute opener in Iceland’s 2-1 Algarve Cup win against Belgium in March 2016.
• The midfielder scored three goals in qualifying for the 2023 Women’s World Cup; only Karólína Lea Vilhjálmsdóttir, with four, scored more for Iceland.
• Jónsdóttir started Iceland’s six qualifiers for next year’s World Cup, having started all eight matches en route to EURO 2022.
• The Orlando Pride player made her Iceland debut as a substitute in a 2-0 EURO 2013 qualifying win against Northern Ireland in October 2011.