Iceland forces Portugal into a 1-1 draw in Euro 2016

  • Libyan Express |
  • Wednesday 15 June 2016
Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and Iceland's defender Ari Skulason vie for the ball during the Euro 2016 group F football match between Portugal and Iceland at the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne on June 14, 2016. / AFP / ODD ANDERSEN        (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Portugal’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and Iceland’s defender Ari Skulason vie for the ball during the Euro 2016 group F football match between Portugal and Iceland at the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne on June 14, 2016. ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images

A goal from Birkir Bjarnason earned Iceland a shock 1-1 draw with Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal on Tuesday at the European Championship, the tiny Scandinavian nation’s first ever match at a major tournament.

Iceland, which managed only four shots to Portugal’s 25, was second best most of the Group F game and trailed to a first half strike by Nani. But its players showed resilience throughout, and took advantage of Portugal’sprofligacy in front of goal.

Bjarnason slotted home the equalizer in the 50th minute with a curled volley at the far post against the run of the play, moments after Ronaldo missed a chance to make it 2-0 when he shot wide.

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