Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal were held to a 1-1 draw in their opening game at Euro 2016 by tournament debutants Iceland tonight.
Aron Gunnarsson thundered into the Real Madrid forward early on, appearing to lay down a marker, and the minnows began brightly as Portugal struggled to settle.
Gylfi Sigurdsson danced his way through the Portuguese defence and curled an effort at goal but Rui Patricio was equal to the Swansea midfielder’s effort.
The frantic start soon eased as Portugal began to find their rhythm and they should have gone in front when Ronaldo found Nani at the back post, courtesy of a brilliant cross, but the midfielder’s header was poor.
However, Nani did not make the same mistake on the half hour mark when the ball arrived at his feet following an inch-perfect Andre Gomes pass and swept the ball into the net.
Portugal were in control at the break but were caught napping at the start of the second half when Birkir Bjarnason capitalised on some sloppy defending and slotted home.
With all their hard work undone in one momentary lapse of concentration Portugal immediately sought to regain control.
But Iceland defended stoically and kept Ronaldo on the fringes of the game to claim their first ever point at a major international tournament.
If anyone thought Lars Lagerback’s side were in France to make up the numbers, they don’t anymore. Progression from Group F is now a real possibility.