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Valur Reykjavík end Icelandic Cup wait

Published: Sunday 16 August 2015, 23.53CET
Valur Reykjavík are the first team to qualify for 2016/17 UEFA club competition after claiming the Icelandic Cup for the first time in ten years with a 2-0 defeat of KR.
by Stefán Stefánsson
from Reykjavik
Valur Reykjavík end Icelandic Cup wait
Valur lift the cup ©KSÍ

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Published: Sunday 16 August 2015, 23.53CET

Valur Reykjavík end Icelandic Cup wait

Valur Reykjavík are the first team to qualify for 2016/17 UEFA club competition after claiming the Icelandic Cup for the first time in ten years with a 2-0 defeat of KR.

Valur Reykjavík claimed the Icelandic Cup for the first time in ten years with a convincing 2-0 defeat of KR at the Laugardalur.

Holders KR were looking for a fourth final triumph in four years but Valur, aiming for a record 14th success, secured victory, They took the lead with a 71st-minute header from Bjarni Ólafur Eiríksson, a veteran of the 2005 final, and Kristinn Ingi Halldórsson made certain late on with KR committed to attack. Valur have made sure of a 2016/17 UEFA Europa League qualifying slot, the first team to qualify for Europe next season.

Reaction:
Ólafur Jóhannesson, Valur coach

We were much better over the whole game and the honour goes to my players. They deserved the win but we also had great support from the stands, amazing, and hopefully that will continue. We managed to confuse the discussion before the game [with Valur's injury problems] and I think that helped to motivate my players.

Bjarni Gudjónsson, KR coach
We were simply not good enough against a powerful Valur. They played like we expected but, again, we were not good enough.

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