Euro 2016: Ronaldo Struggles As Minnows Iceland Hold Portugal

Euro 2016: Ronaldo Struggles As Minnows Iceland Hold Portugal

Portugal were held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland in the second Euro 2016 Group F fixture on Tuesday in Saint Etienne.
Iceland who are competing in the finals of a major competition for the first time in their history rode their luck for most parts of the encounter and were lucky to earn a share of the spoils with Portugal squandering a number of goal-scoring opportunities.
Luis Nani fired Portugal ahead two minutes after the half hour mark, but Birkir Bjarnason equalised for Lars Lagerback’s side in the 50th minute.
The two teams started the game brightly with Iceland threatening on the counter- attack and Portugal looking to commit players in the final third.
The Portuguese controlled possession in the opening exchanges but struggled to break down their opponents’ defence.
Portugal came close to breaking the deadlock when Cristiano Ronaldo delivered a sensational cross onto the head of Nani, but his effort was somewhat saved by Halldorsson.
The first goal of the evening arrived in the 32nd minute through a wonderful effort by Nani who played as the main striker for Portugal.
Andre Gomes delivered a wonderful low cross into Nani who fired home at the near post.
Portugal continued to shade possession, but were unable to add to their advantage.
Iceland levelled score against the run of play through Bjarnason five minutes after the break.
The Iberian side had a wonderful chance to regain the lead four minutes before the end of the game but the chance was squandered by Ronaldo.
The Real Madrid man was set up by Nani with a super cross but nodded the ball straight to the Iceland goalkeeper.

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