Belfast Telegraph

Party time as Faroes serve feast for fans

By Stuart McKinley

Faroe Islands manager Lars Olsen promised the country's football fans a feast before their Euro 2016 qualifier against Greece - and his players didn't fail to deliver.

It didn't stop at the free salmon that was served up to the 4,700 sell-out crowd in Torshavn, as the Faroes won 2-1 to do the double over the Greeks.

Hallur Hansson scored after 32 minutes and 19-year-old Brandur Olsen netted the second 20 minutes from time.

Although Sokratis Papastathopoulos pulled one back for Greece six minutes from time there was never any threat of an equaliser to spoil the party.

The Faroes players were honoured at a city square reception in Torshavn yesterday and tickets for September's home game with Northern Ireland are already the hottest in town.

"A a fortnight ago I promised people a feast. I think they got that," said Olsen.

"We had fantastic support from a full house and I think we gave them the feast they had come to watch.

"That's just great. The players are happy, the spectators are happy, I am happy. Everybody is happy!"

The Faroes are now fourth in the group with six points, all won against Greece.

Third-placed Hungary kept the pressure on Northern Ireland with a dramatic late win over Finland in Helsinki.

Zoltan Stieber sruck a stunning winner eight minutes from time and the defeat brought Mixu Paatelainen's four-year reign as Finnish coach to and end.

Hungary goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly, who was with Fulham last season, said: "For the last week we've been working really hard every day and concentrating on this game.

"That was why we won."

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