Maybe after beating The Netherlands, Turkey and the Czech Republic to get to Euro 2016, Iceland might be feeling a little disappointed after failing to beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal during their first-ever major tournament match – a 1-1 draw here at Euro 2016.
If that underplays this terrific result then it only serves to illustrates the mindset present in each and every player in the squad – and every fan in the stands for that matter too. For 90 minutes they took everything Ronaldo had to throw at them and not only survived but proved to be Portugal’s equal. Had Alfred Finnbogason managed to steer a late shot past the Portugal goalkeeper instead of straight at him, it could have been even better.
“I think we were a bit unlucky not to steal the win at the end with Finbogason’s chance,” said centre back Kari Arnason. “The second half played into our hands. “We didn’t have the ball much, obviously, but we were solid and we can always catch people on the counter. There’s not many people who want to play against our forwards in the form they were in today.”