Iceland’s drastic goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson was on cloud 9 after interlude Cristiano Ronaldo creation story as a minnows hold Portugal to a 1-1 pull on their Euro 2016 debut.
The Real Madrid ace had 10 shots on idea in Saint Etienne though unsuccessful to turn a initial male to measure in 4 European Championships as he was undone by Iceland’s stubborn counterclaim and a good arrangement from Halldorsson.
“I feel great, we showed a lot of impression by removing a point,” pronounced Halldorsson as Portugal had 24 shots on goal, while Iceland converted one of their four. “We were personification a unequivocally good group and a best actor in a world. The final 35 mins were unequivocally prolonged after we’d equalised.”
Ronaldo stormed off a margin in disappointment during full-time and reportedly refused to shake hands with his opponents.
“He can do what he wants, we’re only happy with a point,” combined Iceland’s co-coach Heimir Hallgrimsson, who was incompetent to forestall a word ‘victory’ flitting his lips following a draw.
“Our fortifying was fantastic: we were unequivocally organized and worked unequivocally hard. Apart from one or dual situations, we were unequivocally focused and it was a sum group feat for us,” Hallgrimsson told reporters.
“You can’t ask one actor to stop guys like Cristiano Ronaldo. It’s astray to put a actor to symbol him, so it has to be a group effort,” Hallgrimsson said. “There were a lot of players that were obliged for Ronaldo, and luckily he didn’t have many chances.”
The group was cheered on by hordes of fans in blue group shirts, many of them wearing Viking horns. There were an estimated 7,000 Icelandic spectators during a St Etienne stadium, or some-more than 2 percent of a country’s 330,000 population.
“The Iceland fans were fantastic, unbelievable, it was only like personification during home. When they got tired, a fans only cheered them on,” Hallgrimsson said.
He pronounced Iceland would take a certainty boost into their subsequent diversion with Hungary in Marseille on Saturday, where a win would give them an glorious possibility of creation a tournament’s last-16.
“It’s unequivocally good to have a point. We can go a small bit some-more loose into a subsequent game, though with a win opposite Hungary we are substantially roughly there.”
With inputs from AFP, Reuters