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Euro 2016 Group F Final Matches a few quick thoughts

  • Many thought this group was going to be the sleeper when the draw was made
  • But these four teams have arguably thrown up the most exciting football of the tournament so far
  • Portugal vs Hungary was definitely the game of the tournament so far and Cristiano Ronaldo has finally come alive
  • He got a brace last night and with that pipped Zlatan Ibrahimovic in being the first person to score in four successive European Championships
  • It was another night of history making for the Real Madrid star but he didn’t have the night his own way as Hungary once again exceeded all expectations
  • 37 year old Zoltan Gera got them off to a dream start after 19 minutes
  • Portugal failed to clear a corner properly and the ball fell to the ex Fulham and West Brom Midfielder who let rip with a fantastic effort from the edge of the box to give the Hungarians the lead
  • They couldn’t quite go into the break in front though as Nani restored parity just three minutes before the break
  • He was played in by Cristiano Ronaldo’s and took his own Euro 2016 tally to two goals
  • Scores level at half time but the Hungarians were the quickest out of the blocks
  • Balazs Dzsudzsak’s deflected effort soon after the break put them back in front
  • But then the stage was finally set for Cristiano Ronaldo to get his history making goal
  • A cute flick in the box was too quick for Gabor Kiraly and Portugal were level for a second time
  • Then the pendulum swung back in Hungary’s favour again as Dzsudzsak attempted a long range strike and again it managed to deflect past Rui Patricio to give them the lead for the third time
  • You could see the anger on Cristiano Ronaldo’s face but he was not to be outdone
  • He ended this quick fire flurry of 4 goals in 15 second half minutes as he rose higher than anyone to head home and restore parity for the third time in the game
  • This wasn’t good news for England though as it looked set for Portugal to be paired up with Roy Hodgson’s side on Monday night
  • Portugal get out of the group stages after failing to win a game and drawing three straight matches
  • But the group was going to have one final sting in the tale
  • With Iceland still playing against Austria
  • They broke at rapid pace in the 94th minute as the Austrians themselves went on the hunt for a do or die winner
  • Arnor Ingvi Traustason slid in at the far post to seal a sensational victory that lifted Iceland from third to second in the group and meant that it would be they who will face England on Monday night
  • Iceland started lively with Johann Gudmundsson smashing the woodwork in the second minute
  • And it would be the Icelanders who would go ahead on 18 minutes when on Jon Dadi Bodvarsson  fired his effort past Robert Almer in the Austrian goal
  • Aleksandar Dragovic was given the perfect opportunity to level the scores when Austria were awarded a Penalty
  • But he subsequently missed his spot kick much to the distress of the Austrian fans
  • They would however get back in the game on the hour
  • Alessandro Schopf equalised after a low finish followed a jinking run into the area
  • He could have had a second had it not been for the heroics of Icelandic Goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson.
  • Both teams had to go for a win and it looked as if Austria were now in the ascendancy
  • But as has been the theme in this tournament there was another late goal and this was the latest of them all
  •  Arnor Ingvi Traustason’s goal has made Gudmundur Benediktsson an internet sensation after his commentary of the winning goal
  • Iceland were many people’s so called second pick at the start of the tournament although they are facing England on Monday that may no longer be the case
  • Austria go home bottom of the group while David Alaba and Marko Arnautovic have had disappointing tournaments by their own standards
  • Portugal go up against Croatia on Saturday night, with the winner of that possibly going all the way to final
  • While surprise package Hungary  go up against Belgium on Sunday

 

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