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Euro 2016: Portugal left frustrated, Hungary score shock win

Sahil Bhalla | Updated on: 15 June 2016, 13:07 IST

Two matches - Portugal versus Iceland and Austria vs Hungary - were held on the last day of week one of the tournament. One ended in frustration and the other in a shock win.

Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Euro 2016 group F football match between Portugal and Iceland at the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium in Saint- Etienne on 14 June, 2016. (Francisco Leong/AFP)

A Goal headline perfectly summed up debutant Iceland's match against favourites Portugal, "Ronaldo's Portugal freeze as Iceland start melting hearts". (http://www.goal.com/euro2016/en/article/ronaldos-portugal-freeze/1x8o0o7d5dsdm1xh8oa71fbqfn). Commentators were stunned by Iceland's first ever goal at a major tournament.

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Debutants Iceland had nothing to lose, and it showed in the way they played. Portugal, on the other hand, thought they'd romp home to an easy victory. They were mistaken. Iceland may be making their debut but they are more than making up for the lack of experience.

Iceland midfielder Birkir Bjarnason celebrates the team's first goal during the Euro 2016 group F football match between Portugal and Iceland at the Geoffroy- Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne on 14 June, 2016. (Francisco Leong/AFP)

The other match was a clash of two very different teams. Hungary goalkeeper Gábor Királ became the first 40-year-old player at the Euro. Oh! and he kept a clean slate. He was lucky though, as Alba;s first-minute shot bounced back off the post.

Austria's Aleksandar Dragovic is given the yellow card during the Euro 2016 group F football match between Hungary and Austria at the Matmut Atlantique stadium in Bordeaux on 14 June, 2016 (Geogres Gobet/AFP)

Austria's Aleksandar Dragović was sent off shortly after Hungary's first goal and then a second sealed Hungary's victory in their first appearance at a major tournament in 30 years. Last they played was in 1972. Austria were the favourites but they were out-manned and out-foxed by an aggressive and hungry Hungarian side.

Hungary's players celebrate a goal by Hungary's forward Adam Szalai during the Euro 2016 group F football match between Hungary and Austria at the Matmut Atlantique stadium in Bordeaux on 14 June, 2016. (Mehdi Fedouach/AFP)
Hungary's fans celebrate at the end of the Euro 2016 group F football match between Hungary and Austria at the Matmut Atlantique stadium in Bordeaux on 14 June, 2016. (Tobias Schwarz/AFP)
First published: 15 June 2016, 13:07 IST
 
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Sahil is a correspondent at Catch. A gadget freak, he loves offering free tech support to family and friends. He studied at Sarah Lawrence College, New York and worked previously for Scroll. He selectively boycotts fast food chains, worries about Arsenal, and travels whenever and wherever he can. Sahil is an unapologetic foodie and a film aficionado.

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