In its first ever
appearance at the finals of a European Championship Iceland grabbed a historic
point against Portugal in the first round of Group F games.
The Stade Guichard
saw Lagerbäck's men end the first half one-nil down following a goal by Nani. But Iceland quickly equalised in
the second half with a goal from the former Pescara player, Bjarnason managing to hold out until the final whistle
and almost clinching a victory in the closing moments.
Cristiano Ronaldo delivered a mediocre performance, as did the rest of the
Portuguese team at its opening game of the Euro 2016 finals. On the other hand,
the 25,000 supporters, who had travelled all the way from Iceland (i.e. 8% of its population of around 320,000), had cause to
celebrate their well deserved point in such an important tournament.
For the team's
first ever appearance at a Euro tournament, Lagerbäck relied upon the
physicality of Gudmundson, with the
former Pescara and Sampdoria player, Bjarnason
on the wings with Sigurdsson dictating the pace of play and inspiring the two
strikers Sigthorsson and Bjarnason.
This was a massive
satisfaction for Erreà that will be rooting for its national team, as it plays
its second match against the pool leader Hungary at 6.00 pmSaturday 18 June in Marseilles. Come on Iceland!!!!