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Portugal Drop Points In Euro Opener

Iceland fought back to clinch a 1-1 draw with Portugal in their opening European Championship Group F clash on Tuesday evening.
Iceland nearly went ahead inside the opening five minutes, but Rui Patricio produced a double save to deny Gylfi Sigurdsson in quick succession.
Portugal should have taken the lead in the 20th minute as Nani rose well to meet Cristiano Ronaldo's cross, but the winger could only head straight at Hannes Halldorsson.
Ronaldo then squandered a golden chance to put Portugal in front five minutes later, as he scuffed his first-time volley from 12-yards out with only Halldorsson to beat.
Portugal eventually broke the deadlock in the 31st minute when Andre Gomes picked out Nani at the near post for the finish from close range, 1-0.
Iceland managed to level matters shortly after the halftime break, as Birkir Bjarnason side-footed home Gudmundsson's cross from the right flank.
Portugal introduced Renato Sanches after 70 minutes and nearly restored their lead a minute later, but Nani's glancing header sailed inches wide of the upright.
Ricardo Quaresma had a chance to put Selecao ahead in the 77th minute, but Halldorsson produced a fine save at his near post to keep out the deflected effort.
Portugal's frustrations continued in the 85th minute, as Halldorsson was well positioned to keep out Ronaldo's thumping header, while Patricio pulled off a good save to deny Sigurdsson at other end.
Fernando Santos' charges threw everything forward in pursuit of a winning goal, but Iceland managed to hold out until the final whist to secure a point.
Sphamandla Ntshokotsha

Sphamandla Ntshokotsha

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