Group F got their matches underway today. Austria faced Hungary and Portugal faced Iceland.
The morning started with news that UEFA had sanctioned Russia by giving them a suspended disqualification. Basically, they’re not suspended yet but one more fan incident will see them out of the tournament. The Russians have also been fined 150,000 euros following violence at the game against England in Marseille on Saturday. The fine and suspended disqualification relate only to incidents that take place inside the stadium. England were also threatened with disqualification from the tournament but were not formally charged by UEFA.
On to the actual football!
Tuesday 14 June 2016: Austria 0 – 2 Hungary
Man of the Match: László Kleinheisler (Hungary)
Austria and Hungary faced each other in a major tournament today for the first time since 1934. Austria tried to get started right away when Alaba hit the woodwork within the 1st minute. Despite good chances for both sides, they entered the half scoreless. To most people’s (I think) surprise, Hungary scored in the 61st minute to give them to the lead. It was a goal fromSzalai, who had to stretch to poke it past Austria goalkeeper, Almer. In the 66th minute, Dragović (Austria) received his second yellow card and was sent off. Austria had just thought they’d equalized but the goal was disallowed due to the foul. The Hungarians were very well organized and in the 87th minute, Stieber lofted the ball over the goalkeeper to ensure Hungary the win.
Tuesday 14 June 2016: Portugal 1 – 1 Iceland
Man of the Match: Nani (Portugal)
I think ForzaSusan said it best when she said “No offense against Ronaldo — but I can’t help but root for Iceland!” In their first major tournament, I think it’s quite easy to root for them and their underdog story. They tried to get ahead early with Gylfi Sigurdsson taking an early shot on goal. Cristiano had a number of chances but failed to take any of them well. It was Nani that opened the scoring for Portugal on an assist from André Gomes. That was how the first half ended. Every single member of the Icelandic team played well in the first half and carried that into the second. Birkir Bjarnason equalized for Iceland in the 50th minute from Johann Gudmundsson’s cross. They held on to make sure that their first match didn’t end up a loss. I think we were all proud of Iceland.
All Group F teams play again on Saturday 18 June