By 90Min
November 10, 2017

Manchester United have made headlines in Iceland over a logistical mishap that saw a scout hoping to watch the country's international friendly against Czech Republic this week turn up in completely the wrong part of the world.


Iceland, who booked a place at their first ever World Cup by finishing top of their UEFA qualifying group last month, faced the Czechs on Wednesday. But rather than take place in Reykjavik, despite being the 'home team', the game was played in the warm weather of Qatar.

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The Euro 2016 quarter finalists will be playing a second game in Qatar on Tuesday, this time against the Qatar national team itself.

A story from Icelandic outlet Fotbolti explains how United had contacted the Icelandic football federation, known as the KSI, to gain entry for the Czech friendly.

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The club employs scouts all across Europe to cover various regions, and so it seems that a Danish scout who would normally watch games in Scandinavia was sent to take a look at whichever un-named player or players United staff back at Old Trafford wanted feedback on.

But rather than catch a flight to Qatar, the scout apparently ended up at Iceland's usual Laugardalsvöllur stadium instead and was confused when no one else showed up.

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It was then only after getting in touch with a KSI official that the mistake was realised.

Had he been present at the correct Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium in Doha, the United scout would have witnessed a 2-1 Czech Republic win, with the Iceland goal scored by 31-year-old Kjarten Finbogasson of Danish club side Horsens.

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