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Gylfi Sigurdsson has had a mixed season for Everton, as signified by the fact he only has 1 goal and 1 assist, but they helped secure wins over West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
It can also be said that he had a mixed game for Iceland, as they went on to beat Moldova 2-1, but the overriding verdict should be that he impressed.
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His big shortcoming came from 12-yards where he failed to take the score to 3-1 with his spot-kick. It wasn’t necessarily a bad effort as it was palmed wide by Alexei Koselev.
While this will be a moment of frustration for the 30-year-old, his good moments should outweigh this.
The biggest of those was his goal in the 65th minute, that turned out to be the winner, as the ball popped up to him and he managed to place it past the Moldovan defenders retreating to the goal line.
In addition to that, he made 2 key passes, completed 5 of his 6 attempted dribbles and maintained a pass success rate of 89%.
The attacking midfielder even made an effective defensive contribution, chipping in with 4 interceptions and 1 tackle.
Iceland managed to secure the win, with Sigurdsson scoring and giving an impressive performance, so while he did miss a penalty, the Everton man deserves credit for his showing.