Iceland battles back to force a 1-1 draw with Portugal in Euro 2016

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Published 15.06.2016 00:56
Portugal's Pepe, top, fights for the ball with Iceland's Alfred Finnbogason during the Euro 2016 Group F soccer match between Portugal and Iceland at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Tuesday, June 14, 2016. (AP Photo)
Portugal's Pepe, top, fights for the ball with Iceland's Alfred Finnbogason during the Euro 2016 Group F soccer match between Portugal and Iceland at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Tuesday, June 14, 2016. (AP Photo)

Iceland snatched a memorable 1-1 draw against European football powerhouse Portugal in their Euro 2016 Group F clash at Stade Geoffroy Guichard in Saint-Etienne late Tuesday.

In the 31st minute, Portugal took the lead as Fenerbahce winger Luis Nani finished in the box, assisted by Andre Gomes from the right flank.

Iceland, however, refused to lie down and equalized in the 50th minute as Basel winger Birkir Bjarnason unleashed a close-range volley to make the scores 1-1. Johann Gudmundsson produced the assist.

In the rest of the match, Portugal pressed for the winning goal but Iceland-making their European Championship debut-hung on for an unforgettable result.

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