It is official: The Faroe Islands have played against China for the first time ever.
On Thursday, the Faroese U17 side drew 1-1 with China in a third round group match at Tórsvøllur, the national stadium of the Faroe Islands.
The match was part of the World Nordic Tournament for U17 national teams, where Northern Ireland and China participated as guest nations.
The Faroes fell behind 1-0 early in the second half, but deep into stoppage time Bergur Jákupsson Poulsen headed home from a corner and salvaged a glorious draw against the Asian visitors.
Áki Johansen, the coach of the national team, was more than satisfied with the result and how his side performed.
“This is a sensation. We have managed to gain a draw against a nation with more than one billion people and against a year group, which is one year older than ours,” stated Johansen to the webpage of the Faroese FA (FSF).
Eight nations participated in the competition. Before the third round of group matches, the Faroe Islands lost 2-1 to Iceland and 2-0 to Norway.
The Faroe Islands also lost 3-0 to Sweden – in the game for 5th place.