Euro 2016 - Iceland Minnows Hold Off Portugal

Day five of Euro 2016 produced the first real shock, as Hungary got the better of neighbours Austria, while Portugal where frustrated against surprise package Iceland.


Austria had a poor record against Hungary and surprisingly that record was extended as underdogs Hungary recorded a 2-0 win over their neighbours on Tuesday evening in Group F.

Marcel Koller’s side were seen as dark horses in the competition, but Hungary surprisingly took the lead just after the hour mark. Adam Szalai played a one-two with Laszlo Kleinheisler, before the striker scored his first goal in international football since October 2014.

Things got even worse for Austria on 66 minutes, as centre-back Aleksandar Dragovic was sent-off for a second bookable offence. As Austria pushed for an equaliser Hungary hit them on the break and doubled their lead on 87 minutes. Zoltan Stieber broke through the Austrian defensive line and chipped Robert Almer.

The result was a major surprise and means that Hungary now has a fantastic chance of making the last 16, while Austria’s hopes of making the knockout stages are now hanging by a thread.

The other game in Group A also produced a slight surprise, as Portugal were held by debutants Iceland 1-1 in Saint-Etienne.

Portugal took the lead on 31 minutes. Joao Moutinho found Andre Gomes and the Valencia midfielder found Nani in the six-yard box, the Fenerbahce winger then slotted home calmly.

The Scandinavians equalised on 50 minutes. A ball into the box was missed by Vieirinha and Birkir Bjarnason volleyed home with a powerful effort. The Portuguese had the better of the second period, but could not find a winner.

Portugal will see this as two points dropped, but Iceland will regard the draw as a very good start to their debut European Championship campaign.