‘Small mentality’: Cristiano Ronaldo slams Iceland following 1-1 draw

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Cristiano Ronaldo slammed minnows Iceland for proverbially ‘parking a bus’ in front of their idea as a north Atlantic Islanders hold Group F favourites Portugal to a 1-1 draw.

Real Madrid ace Ronaldo had 10 of Portugal’s 24 shots on idea in Saint Etienne on Tuesday, though unsuccessful to turn a initial male to measure in 4 European Championships.

The 31-year-old equalled Luis Figo’s record series of caps with both a Portugal legends now on 127 appearances.

Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during a Euro 2016 organisation F football compare between Portugal and Iceland. AFPCristiano Ronaldo reacts during a Euro 2016 organisation F football compare between Portugal and Iceland. AFP

Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during a Euro 2016 organisation F football compare between Portugal and Iceland. AFP

A glorious finish by Nani gave Portugal a lead before Iceland’s sedulous midfielder Birkir Bjarnason volleyed a equaliser. But Ronaldo stormed off after a final whistle, clearly undone by his possess disaster in front of goal, while Iceland scored by converting one of usually 4 chances.

Iceland’s stubborn counterclaim was capped by an superb arrangement from Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson.

‘Small mentality’

“It was formidable over a 90 minutes, since they scored one idea and that was after they had put each actor behind a ball,” fumed Ronaldo. “They put a train in a net. (Parked a train in front of goal).

“We attempted a best, we combined many chances and kept a ball. Iceland didn’t try nothing, they usually defend, defend, defend, they had dual chances and scored a goal, it was a propitious night for them. We’re frustrated, they didn’t try and play.

“It’s because we consider they will do zero here. In my opinion, it’s a tiny mentality. It’s formidable when Portugal tries to win a diversion and a other group doesn’t.”

Portugal are now underneath vigour in their second diversion opposite Austria, who progressing mislaid their opening compare 2-0 to Hungary in a other pool compare in Bordeaux.

But Ronaldo is assured of feat in Paris on Saturday.

“It’s a small bit of disappointment for us, though this is usually a beginning, we’re not disturbed about that,” pronounced a former Manchester United star.

“If we demeanour during Spain and France, they are clever teams in a contest and they had problems winning their initial game. It was tough, though we are 100 percent assured we’re going to win a subsequent game.”

Ronaldo was not a usually Portugal brazen to feel a effects of a miss of finishing.

“We had adequate chances, though we couldn’t measure another one,” combined Nani, who also used to beauty Old Trafford.

“It’s usually a initial diversion and we have to win a subsequent dual games. We were on top, we were a improved group and we played a improved football, though Iceland are a good group and played a lot of prolonged balls, that caused us problems. That’s football. We’ve shown we are a good team, though this was a initial game, there was a lot of anxiety. we consider we will relax some-more from now, though we have to measure more,” pronounced Nani.

Portugal trainer Fernando Santos lamented Nani’s first-half header that crushed off a foot of Iceland goalkeeper Halldorsson.

“Nani’s header was blocked by their goalkeeper, who still doesn’t know how he did it, that’s football,” pronounced a Portugal manager

“We could have finished improved in fortifying a cranky that led for their goal, though this was a initial game, there were a few nerves and we need to play improved for a subsequent dual games.”