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#Euro2016: Iceland upstage sulky Ronaldo, Hungary upset Austria

Iceland’s Group F match ended 1-1, signifying a remarkable achievement for the smallest nation to compete.

Iceland's midfielder Birkir Bjarnason shoots to score the team's first goal during the Euro 2016 group F football match between Portugal and Iceland at the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne on 14 June 2016. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Iceland frustrated the more fancied Portugal last night as their Group F match ended 1-1.

For Iceland, the smallest nation to compete in the European Championships with a population of roughly 330,000, this signifies a remarkable achievement.

The Portuguese, led by Cristiano Ronaldo did the majority of the offensive exertion of the two sides, having two thirds of the possession during the clash.

However, they were struck with a late Icelandic sucker punch.

Luís Nani initially opened the scoring just after the half hour mark, he alongside Ronaldo caused the valiant Icelandic defenders problems with their pace and trickery.

Birkir Bjarnason was the hero for the tiny nation, he levelled matters just after half time which sent their travelling supporters [reportedly 10 percent of population] into dreamland.

They bravely clung onto that score line for the remainder of the match in what is no doubt a highlight for the tiny nation.

Ronaldo was not impressed by the Icelandic tactics and accused them of not attempting to attack post-match, not even the petulance of the Portuguese superstar's words can diminish the Icelandic's achievements.

HUNGARY OVERCOMES 10-MAN AUSTRIA

In Group F's other fixture, Hungary overcame 10-man Austria 2-0 in Bordeaux.

Second half goals by Adam Szalai and Zoltan Stieber in the second half sealed the win for Hungary in their first appearance in the tournament since 1972, a dream start for the underdog Hungarians.

The Austrians would have known it was not their day when Aleksandar Dragovic was sent off for a second bookable offence soon after the opening goal was scored.

For Austria, ranked 10th in the world, a team that came into the competition with much expectations it was a disastrous start for the talented group.

While, not very much was anticipated from the Hungarian team who scraped through to qualifying, an opening day win could kick start a tournament where they could possibly upset a few more teams.