Euro 2016 round up: Iceland 1 Hungary 1 - and what the result means

 Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson (left) celebrates after scoring his team's first goal.
Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson (left) celebrates after scoring his team's first goal.PHOTO: AFP

The two biggest surprise packages of the opening round met their match on Saturday.

Gylfi Sigurdsson's 40th-minute penalty put Iceland on the cusp of their first ever win at the European Championship.

But Hungary, who recorded a shock win over Austria on Tuesday, were rewarded for the incessant pressure they heaped on the Iceland backline. Indeed, it was the pressure of the Hungarian attackers around Birkir Saevarsson that forced the right-back to concede an 88th-minute own goal.

It was not enough for Hungary, the fourth-last team to qualify for this tournament - via a play-off win over Norway, to become the fourth team into the knockout stages. But with four points in Group F, they are virtually through to the last 16 given that the four best third-place teams will also progress.

Bernd Storck's men will feel they deserved the draw. They had more possession, more attempts at goal (12 to five), and more shots on target (five to two).

Iceland, once again, defended doggedly. They had 27.8 per cent of possession in their draw against Portugal - no team saw less of the ball in the opening round. At the Stade Velodrome, they almost held out for a famous victory with just 33 per cent of possession.

They did not and now their progression hopes are on ice.

Match highlights

- Sigurdsson whipped in a corner in the 10th minute. Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, eight yards out, mistimed his jump and headed over the bar.

- Iceland, against the run of play, came close to an opener in the 31st-minute. Sigurdsson's pass put Johann Gudmundsson in a one-on-one situation with Kiraly. The goalkeeper stuck out his right boot to deny the forward from seven yards out.


- Kiraly went from hero to villain in a space of eight minutes, failing to claim Gudmundsson's corner. He compounded his error by taking out centre-back Ragnar Sigurdsson as well as Aron Gunnarsson. A penalty was awarded. Gylfi Sigurdsson stepped up and slotted the ball into the bottom left corner.

- In the 60th minute, Gylfi Sigurdsson's cross from the left flank found Kolbeinn Sigthorsson unmarked four yards out. The striker headed wide as the linesman flagged for offside. It was a close call and Sigthorsson should have done better.

- Substitute Daniel Bode, with his back to goal, held the ball up before unleashing a shot on the turn. His 74th-minute effort lacked power, however, and it was comfortably saved.

- In the 88th-minute, a low cross by Hungary substitute Nemanja Nikolic into the six-yard box was turned into his own net by Saevarsson.

- With the last kick of the game, Iceland substitute Eidur Gudjohnsen's shot was deflected just wide of the post. The former Chelsea and Barcelona man was following up on a rebound off the wall from Gylfi Sigurdsson's free-kick right on the edge of the box.

The talking point

There seems to be no end of slow starts and wild finishes at Euro 2016. This was the 23rd match of the tournament, and no goal has been scored from open play in the first 30 minutes. But, of the 47 goals scored, 13 have come in the 87th-minute or later. That accounts for over 27 per cent of the goals.

Man of the Match

Gylfi Sigurdsson. The Swansea midfielder was a picture of calm when he put away the penalty. Iceland's top scorer in qualifying with six goals netted another crucial goal. His delivery from free kicks, corners, and crosses were excellent. His pass for Gudmundsson in the first-half was worthy of an assist. Had his team-mates' finishing been better, Iceland could have had more goals.

What the result means

Hungary extended their lead on top of Group F but could be overtaken by Portugal later on Saturday if Fernando Santos' men beat Austria by three or more goals. What is certain is that another win for Hungary will see them progress to the round of 16. They face Portugal on Tuesday.

Iceland have also kept their destiny in their own hands. A win over Austria on Tuesday will take them into the knockout stages.

Key statistic

Five of Gylfi Sigurdsson's last seven goals for Iceland have come from the penalty spot.

What they said

Sigthorsson: "We wanted the three points today and were so close. If you could only have seen how disappointed the guys were in the dressing room. It feels like a loss."

Storck: "We couldn't create many chances, Iceland defended cleverly, although it was better in the second half. We never gave up and always believed in ourselves."