SAINT ETIENNE, France (AFP) - Cristiano Ronaldo slammed minnows Iceland for proverbially parking the bus in front of their goal as the north Atlantic Islanders held Group F favourites Portugal to a 1-1 draw.
The 31-year-old Portuguese star said that Iceland celebrated the result as if they had won the entire competition, The Guardian reported.
"I thought they'd won the Euros the way they celebrated at the end. It was unbelievable," he said.
Real Madrid ace Ronaldo had ten of Portugal's 24 shots on goal in Saint Etienne on Wednesday (June 15), but failed to become the first man to score in four European Championships.
A superb finish by Nani gave Portugal the lead before Iceland's industrious midfielder Birkir Bjarnason volleyed the equaliser.
But Ronaldo stormed off after the final whistle, clearly frustrated by his own failure in front of goal, while Iceland scored by converting one of only four chances.
"It was difficult over the 90 minutes, because they scored one goal and that was after they had put every player behind the ball," fumed Ronaldo. He said Iceland "put the bus in the net".
"We tried our best, we created many chances and kept the ball.
"Iceland didn't try nothing, they just defend, defend, defend, they had two chances and scored a goal, it was a lucky night for them. We're frustrated, they didn't try and play.
"It's why I think they will do nothing here. In my opinion, it's a small mentality.
"It's difficult when Portugal tries to win the game and the other team doesn't."
Iceland defender Kari Arnason hit back at Ronaldo, calling him a sore loser, according to Goal.com.
"He's just a sore loser. He didn't want to lose the game. What does he expect - for us to play like Barcelona against him? He fannies about and dives around," Arnason said.
"Obviously we were the underdog, we played like the underdog and we were unlucky not to win the game."
Meanwhile, Ronaldo's coach Fernando Santos dismissed claims that Ronaldo refused to shake hands with Iceland's players after the game.
"I didn't see that at all. I was watching the players," he said. "That's not what I saw. I don't think that's true at all."