Plucky tournament minnows Iceland held their more fancied opponents Portugal to a 1-1 draw on Tuesday morning, proving that they will not be simply making up the numbers in France.
The Portuguese went ahead just after the half-hour mark, as Nani calmly slotted home Andre Gomes’ quality cross.
Iceland were not without chances throughout the contest though, and perhaps may feel as though they should have lead after Gylfi Sigurdsson tested Rui Patricio early on.
The Nordic men were rewarded for staying for the continued efforts as they drew level through Birkir Bjarnason – scoring his nation’s first ever goal in a major tournament.
Iceland’s defensive shape was sound, and despite Portugal having much of the possession and creating more chances, they earned a deserved point to give them great confidence in progressing to the knockout stage of the competition.
Rui Patricio – 6: Made two important saves early in the match, however, was largely untested.
Vieirinha – 5: Played like a modern fullback. Looked dangerous at times while going forward, but it was his error that was to blame for Iceland’s equaliser.
Pepe – 6: Despite questionable behaviour during the match, played fairly well.
Ricardo Carvalho – 6: A solid outing from the former Chelsea and Real Madrid man. Not really challenged.
Raphael Guerreiro – 6: Composed performance. He defended well, but offered little going forward.
Danilo – 6: Carried little threat particularly in the second-half, though was tidy in possession.
Joao Mario – 5: Had little impact on the game and was substituted in the second-half.
Joao Moutinho – 6: Technically sound and tidy in possession, however, struggled to pick apart Iceland.
Andre Gomes – 8: Offered a threat throughout the game going forward, causing troubles for Iceland’s left-side. Provided the cross for Nani’s opener.
Nani – 7: Despite a subdued second-half, Nani was one of Portugal’s best. Perhaps unlucky not to score two goals, as he was brilliantly denied shortly before he found the back of the net.
Cristiano Ronaldo – 5: Had a poor game. Despite 10 shots at goal, only one was on target. Perhaps should have scored late in the game. Rarely beat a man.
Renato Sanches – 6: A solid cameo by the 18 year-old prodigy.
Quaresma – 6: Put in a decent substitute performance, but only played for 16 minutes. May be more involved next game.
Eder – N/A: Subbed on late in the game as Portugal tried breaking down the Icelandic wall.
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Hannes Halldorsson – 8: Kept his team in the contest throughout with some brilliant saves, notably denying Nani from close range early in the game.
Birkir Saevarsson – 6: Played his role well and at times frustrated Ronaldo.
Kari Arnason – 8: Was definitely one of the best on the pitch. Managed to get a foot in on numerous occasions and kept Portugal at bay.
Ragnar Sigurdsson – 7: Solid at the back and formed a great partnership with Arnason in the heart of defence.
Ari Skulason – 6: Performed his defensive duties without error, though offered little going forward.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson – 7: Provided the assist for Iceland’s first ever major tournament goal. A good performance considering the limitied opportunities to attack.
Aron Gunnarsson – 6: Struggled early in the proceedings, perhaps looking off the pace. Had a solid second-half in particular.
Gylfi Sigurdsson – 6: Will have better games than this one in France. Solid but not outstanding – maybe could have done better with an early chance to put his side ahead.
Birkir Bjarnason – 7: Work rate was outstanding. Finished beautifully from Gudmundsson’s cross to score a historic goal.
Kolbeinn Sigthorsson – 6: Had little service, but also had little impact. Worked hard all game.
Jon Bodvarsson As with Sigthorsson, was starved of opportunities for large parts, but worked hard throughout.
Alfred Finnbogason – N/A: Introduced in the 81st minute. Had a great chance to score, and also picked up a yellow card.
Theodor Elmar Bjarnason – N/A:Only subbed on for the final moments.