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Everton’s Sigurdsson deals Ancelotti selection headache in Iceland display

Carlo Ancelotti is facing a selection dilemma in midfield when Everton return to action, after Gylfi Sigurdsson started the international break in sublime fashion with a Man of the Match display as Iceland beat Romania in a crunch UEFA Euros Qualifier.

Iceland will now take on Hungary for a place at next summer’s postponed tournament following their 2-1 win over Romania, in which Sigurdsson struck home twice before the break to send Erik Hamren’s side through to the final qualifying tie.

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Sigurdsson broke the deadlock in the 16th-minute when he buried a left-footed effort into the bottom right-hand corner from the edge of the box, and later doubled his country’s advantage with a strike into Ciprian Tatarusanu’s bottom-left pocket from the centre of the box.

The 31-year-old was two for three for shots to goals as the side’s returned to the dressing rooms for half-time, but Sigurdsson could not seal his hat-trick with his fourth and final strike of the game in the 46th-minute when the midfielder’s right-footed effort sailed wide to the left of the post.

Sigurdsson remained a key figure of each Iceland attack throughout the second period with manager Hamren utilising the £100,000-per-week playmaker in an advanced forward role, often winning free-kicks and playing dangerous passes.


His efforts led to a Man of the Match-worthy 8.9 rating from SofaScore, who acknowledged Sigurdsson as the only true star of the affair after boasting a 66.6% conversion rate from his three shots on target, along with two successful dribbles and two key passes.

The former Swansea City star further took 60 touches and completed 75% of his 32 passes, while delivering two accurate crosses, playing two accurate long balls and being fouled three times.

Even though Hamren utilised Sigurdsson as a forward option against Romania, the £16.2m-rated playmaker also won six of his 15 attempted duels along with recording two successful dribbles, interceptions and one tackle.

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Ancelotti will now be facing a greater selection headache against Liverpool when Everton return to action following the international break, as Sigurdsson provided a strong case for himself in the Toffees’ most-recent fixture, too, whilst stepping in for the injured Andre Gomes.

Ancelotti has rarely favoured Sigurdsson in the Premier League this season with the 4-2 win over Brighton, in which the 31-year-old recorded an assist, coming as his first start following three late second-half substitute outings. He was only really named in the XI thanks to injuries suffered by Allan and Andre Gomes, however.

Sigurdsson, rated at £16.2m by Transfermarkt, also provided two key passes, two crosses and won four of nine ground duels against Graham Potter’s Amex Stadium natives.

AND in other news, Everton are in need of drastic action with a forgotten player after failing to deal with his situation over the summer.

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