Ronaldo slams Iceland tactics in Euro draw
PORTUGAL star Cristiano Ronaldo has taken a swipe at Iceland after his team drew 1-1 in the Euro 2016 Group F opener in Saint Etienne.
The Real Madrid playmaker had 10 of his side’s 24 shots on goal but failed to become the first man to score in four European Championships as the minnows defended stoutly in their tournament debut.
Ronaldo’s former Manchester United teammate Nani put the Portuguese in front but the Icelanders, the smallest country by population (330,000) to qualify for the European Championships, equalised early in the second half through Birkir Bjarnason.
Ronaldo stormed off after the final whistle and then hit out at the Icelanders for their defensive attitude.
“It was difficult over the 90 minutes, because they scored one goal and that was after they had put every player behind the ball,” he said.
“They put the bus in the net (Parked the bus in front of goal). We tried our best, we created many chances and kept the ball.
“Iceland didn’t try nothing, they just defend, defend, defend, they had two chances and scored a goal, it was a lucky night for them.
“We’re frustrated, they didn’t try and play.”
Hungary also caused a boilover defeating Austria 2-0 in the other Group F game.
The Austrians, who had former Sydney FC striker Mark Janko in its team, went 10 games unbeaten in qualifying, while Hungary was playing at its first major tournament since the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.
Austria almost scored the quickest ever goal at the Euros but David Alaba’s shot after 28 seconds hit the post.
The Magyars took the lead through Adam Szalai before Aleksandar Dragovic was sent off for a second bookable offence for Austria.
Zoltan Stieber sealed Hungary’s win late on with a delightful chipped finish on the break.
In tonight’s game, Romania plays Switzerland in Group A.
Host France will play its second game against Albania tomorrow morning, with Russia playing Slovakia.