Iceland made history in the Euros last night with a one all draw against tournament favorites Portugal.
Iceland overcame the odds with last night’s draw, as they faced one of the greatest teams in Europe.
One of the least experienced teams when it comes to professional football, due to the countries climate, Iceland were expected to lose against front runners Portugal last night. However they played unbelievably well against the team that just couldn’t get the ball into the net for a second time.
Throughout the game Portugal boasted 72% possession of the ball and had 26 shots on goal, compared to Iceland who only had four shots on goal. The stats might look favorable towards Portugal but 26 shots missed is a massive number. Is Iceland’s defence simply that good? Or were Portugal lacking accuracy? Quite simply put it was a bit of both. Iceland were afraid to concede another goal once the equaliser was scored and try as they might Portugal just couldn’t get another goal passed the ‘lesser’ team.
The drama on the pitch didn’t end with the game, Portugal skipper and global superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, refused to shake hands with the Iceland players at the end of the game. He accused them of focusing too much on their defence and not enough on their attack. Obviously this is what he would have liked them to do so it would have been easier to score a second goal.
Portugal’s main man also controversially said that Iceland lacked ambition! All because they celebrated, what in their eyes was a historical achievement.
Branding his own team as the better one, Ronaldo went on to say:
“It was unbelievable. We tried hard to win the game and Iceland didn’t try anything. This, in my opinion, shows a small mentality and they are not going to do anything in the competition.”
In retaliation former Iceland international Hermann Hreidarsson said that Ronaldo was petty, and in his words a ‘sore loser’. The International star expected to go out and put plenty of goals passed the opposition but he couldn’t.
At the end of the day Iceland’s defence was simply too good for Ronaldo who left the match disappointed and frustrated with the result.
Author Lisa Wood
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