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Gudmundsson Makes World Cup History

16 June 2018

Winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson has become the first Burnley player to appear at the World Cup finals since 1982.

The Icelandic international was named in the starting line-up for the historic 1-1 draw against Argentina in their Group D opener in Moscow.

That ensured he would be the first Claret to play in the tournament in 36 years - and only the sixth in total - since striker Billy Hamilton played for Northern Ireland against France in Spain.

Hamilton scored twice in the tournament , where he starred alongside fellow Claret Tommy Cassidy.

A generation on, Gudmundsson’s glorious day ended prematurely as he withdrawn with an injury midway through the second half.

But there would still have been celebrations in the Iceland camp as they came from behind to earn a precious point against the tournament’s fifth favourites, following Lionel Messi’s crucial second half penalty miss, with the scores locked at 1-1.

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