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Ice-cool Iceland claim Portugal point

Published: Tuesday 14 June 2016, 23.20CET
Portugal 1-1 Iceland
The major finals debutants kicked off with a memorable draw in Group F thanks to Birkir Bjarnason's second-half leveller.
by Chris Burke at Stade Geoffroy Guichard

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Match statistics

PortugalIceland

Goals scored1
 
1
Possession (%)66
 
34
Total attempts27
 
4
on target10
 
4
off target7
 
0
blocked10
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners11
 
2
Offsides3
 
2
Yellow cards0
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed9
 
17
Fouls suffered16
 
9

Standings

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Pts: Points   
Last updated: 16/06/2017 10:40 CET
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Published: Tuesday 14 June 2016, 23.20CET

Ice-cool Iceland claim Portugal point

Portugal 1-1 Iceland
The major finals debutants kicked off with a memorable draw in Group F thanks to Birkir Bjarnason's second-half leveller.


Iceland held Portugal to a 1-1 draw in their first ever major finals appearance, frustrating their illustrious opponents to claim a memorable opening point in UEFA EURO 2016 Group F.

The final game of matchday one was a big occasion for both teams, but especially for Iceland, and the debutants began with a spring in their step, almost taking the lead in the third minute when Rui Patrício was forced to save from Gylfi Sigurdsson – and to repeat the feat from the rebound as Sigurdsson tried again.

Portugal's qualities on the ball soon started to tell, however, and Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldórsson pulled out an incredible save with his legs as Nani headed goalwards from a Cristiano Ronaldo cross.

Winning a joint-record 127th cap for Portugal, the provider on that occasion then mistimed his swing at a Pepe pass from deep, but a goal was coming – and Nani delivered it just after the half-hour, turning in at the near post following slick interplay between André Gomes and Vieirinha. It was a landmark goal, the 600th in EURO finals history. 

Game over? Far from it. Given spirited backing by their fans, Iceland levelled within five minutes of the restart, an unmarked Birkir Bjarnason left free to volley in from Johann Gudmundsson's cross.

Portugal responded with the crisper passing and better chances, Nani flicking a header wide and Halldórsson denying Ronaldo, but Iceland were not about to let their efforts go unrewarded.

Man of the match: Nani
Portugal's scorer had five attempts in addition to his goal. He put in four crosses and laid on two chances for team-mates, completing 23/26 of his passes. He is the eighth-highest winger in the Player Barometer

The Fenerbahçe forward was only denied an even earlier goal by a remarkable save, though he did enough in his 97th appearance to show that opponents ignore him at their peril.

More than plucky underdogs
Famously the smallest nation to ever grace a major final tournament – with a population of just 330,000 – Iceland's presence in France has been framed as a fairy tale. In truth, it is the result of a strong coaching set-up at every age group back home and a talented crop of players. Tonight the newcomers gave an excellent account of themselves in Saint-Etienne.

Not content with sitting back, they could easily have struck first through Sigurdsson – and mustered an equaliser that their enterprising play and admirable character merited.

No panic yet for Portugal
Fernando Santos's men were expected by most neutrals to win this match, and they will have left the Stade Geoffroy Guichard with a few regrets. How could they not after seeing 66% of the ball and going close to adding a second on several occasions? Therein lie the reasons for a little perspective, however.

Portugal look to have a capable midfield, gifted options on the bench and, in Ronaldo, a proven superstar who will surely find his range at some point.

Team reporters' views from Stade Geoffroy Guichard

Joseph Walker, Portugal (@UEFAcomJoeW)
That was not a result many saw coming. For Portugal, it is back to the drawing board. The 4-4-2 with Ronaldo and Nani up top was less dangerous than they may have imagined, while the impact of substitutes Renato Sanches and Ricardo Quaresma poses selection questions.

Truth be told, it is a game Portugal could have won given the chances they carved out and on another day they would have, but it was a classic case of taking the opportunities that come your way.

Jóhann Sigurdsson, Iceland (@UEFAcomJohannS)
A great performance from Iceland here in Saint-Etienne, a performance that will give them a lot of confidence going into the Hungary match in Marseille. The team have certainly made the nation proud in their first major championship outing. But you can't forget the supporters in all of this. Superb throughout, they were certainly the 12th man out there today.

Last updated: 12/07/16 17.50CET

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Lineups

Portugal

Portugal

Iceland

Iceland

1
Rui PatrícioRui Patrício (GK)
1
HalldórssonHannes Halldórsson (GK)
3
PepePepe
2
B. SævarssonBirkir Sævarsson
5
Raphaël GuerreiroRaphaël Guerreiro
6
R. SigurdssonRagnar Sigurdsson
6
Ricardo CarvalhoRicardo Carvalho
7
GudmundssonJohann Gudmundsson
Substitution90
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo (C)
8
B. BjarnasonBirkir Bjarnason
Goal50
Yellow Card55
8
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
Substitution71
9
SigthórssonKolbeinn Sigthórsson
Substitution81
10
João MárioJoão Mário
Substitution76
10
G. SigurdssonGylfi Sigurdsson
11
VieirinhaVieirinha
14
ÁrnasonKári Árnason
13
DaniloDanilo
15
BödvarssonJón Dadi Bödvarsson
15
André GomesAndré Gomes
Substitution84
17
A. GunnarssonAron Gunnarsson (C)
17
NaniNani
Goal31
23
A. SkúlasonAri Skúlason

Substitutes

12
Anthony LopesAnthony Lopes (GK)
12
KristinssonÖgmundur Kristinsson (GK)
22
EduardoEduardo (GK)
13
I. JónssonIngvar Jónsson (GK)
2
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
3
HaukssonHaukur Heidar Hauksson
4
FonteJosé Fonte
4
HermannssonHjörtur Hermannsson
9
ÉderÉder
Substitution84
5
IngasonSverrir Ingason
14
William CarvalhoWilliam Carvalho
11
FinnbogasonAlfred Finnbogason
Substitution81
Yellow Card90+4
16
Renato SanchesRenato Sanches
Substitution71
16
SigurjónssonRúnar Már Sigurjónsson
18
Rafa SilvaRafa Silva
18
E. BjarnasonElmar Bjarnason
Substitution90
19
EliseuEliseu
19
H. MagnússonHordur Magnússon
20
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
Substitution76
20
HallfredssonEmil Hallfredsson
21
CédricCédric
21
TraustasonArnór Ingvi Traustason
23
Adrien SilvaAdrien Silva
22
GudjohnsenEidur Gudjohnsen

Coach

Fernando Santos (POR) Heimir Hallgrímsson (ISL)

Referee

Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)

Assistant referees

Bahattin Duran (TUR), Tarik Ongun (TUR)

Fourth official

Carlos Del Cerro (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

Hüseyin Göçek (TUR), Barış Şimşek (TUR)

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