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UEFA Euro 2016: Iceland defender Kari Arnason calls Cristiano Ronaldo a 'sore loser'

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:48 IST

Iceland hero Kari Arnason has hit back at Cristiano Ronaldo after the Portugal captain complained that their Group F opponents had a "small mentality," following their 1-1 draw at Euro 2016.

After the match, Ronaldo said that Iceland's performance was a matter of "luck" and said that the team celebrated the draw as if they won the Championship. He also said that Iceland will "do nothing" in France.

"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... Obviously we were the underdog, we played like the underdog and we were unlucky not to win the game," Arnason told Goal.com.

Arnason also told the football news portal that Iceland coach, Lars Lagerback, did not set up any plan to mark Ronaldo off but told the team to watch him closely. "Obviously everyone knows how good he is so you have to know where he is at every given moment but there was nothing in our game plan to specifically close him down. We just knew we had to be close to him at every given moment and it worked perfectly," Arnason was quoted as saying.

"The second half played into our hands. We didn't have the ball much, obviously, but we were solid and we can always catch people on the counter. There's not many people who want to play against our forwards in the form they were in today," Arnason was quoted as saying.

First published: 15 June 2016, 1:52 IST