Portugal were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw in their first match of the Euro 2016 against a dogged Iceland.
It didn’t take Ronaldo long to find out he’d be in for a tough 90 minutes.Dumped on the floor by a body-check from Aron Gunnarsson inside the first minute, Ronaldo’s evening didn’t get much better.Ronaldo’s best chance of the match came just four minutes later. A long ball over the Icelandic defence from Pepe was inch-perfect but Ronaldo, aiming to volley the ball home, only connected with thin air. It was an uncharacteristic miss.
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Nani did find the net just after the half-hour mark after a nice move from Gomez who played a smart one-two with Vierinha and sent a cross across goal for Nani to score from the near post.It didn’t last long though as Portugal were punished for failing to find a second by Birkir Bjarnason’s cool 50th-minute finish.With five minutes remaining, he was presented with only his second clear-cut chance. Picked out by a right-wing cross from Nani, Ronaldo planted a free header into the arms of Halldorsson.
Deep into injury-time, Ronaldo blasted two free-kicks into the Iceland wall. It was a neat symbol of his struggles for the past hour and a half. There was no way through.