Dramatic Late Goal Saves Hungary From Being Frozen Out

Hungary’s players celebrate at the end of the Euro 2016 group F football match between Iceland and Hungary at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille on June 18, 2016. ATTILA KISBENEDEK / AFP
Hungary’s players celebrate at the end of the Euro 2016 group F football match between Iceland and Hungary at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille on June 18, 2016.
ATTILA KISBENEDEK / AFP

An own-goal by Iceland’s Birkir Savarsson in the dying seconds rescued a draw for Hungary in a frenetic Euro 2016 clash that keeps both team’s hopes alive of a second round berth.

A first-half penalty by Gylfi Sigurdsson, put little Iceland on course for a fairy tale win. But the European Championship newcomers succumbed to waves of late Hungarian pressure.

With 88 minutes gone, substitute Nemanja Nikolic sent a low ball into the area and in the thick of a goalmouth scramble, Savarsson touched the ball into his own net.

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Prior to the tournament both teams viewed this Marseille tie as their best opportunity to get a win. But unfancied Hungary’s shock 2-0 victory against Austria on Tuesday meant a slot in the last-16 beckoned if they could beat the Scandinavians.

Hungary had more of the ball in the first-half, but, more used to playing a counterattacking game, they failed to craft clear cut openings against a physical Iceland defense.

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Their midfield trio of Laszlo Kleinheisler, Balazs Dzsudzsak and Zoltan Stieber probed industriously. But the nearest they came to hitting the target in the first half was a Kleinheisler effort that raked across the goalmouth on 33 minutes.

In contrast, Iceland attacks carried more direct menace, with their best chance falling to Johann Gudmundsson on the half hour.

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