Iceland 1 v 1 Hungary – Euro 2016 Group F

ISL 1:1 HUN – as a neutral, this was my favourite game of the tournament so far – a meeting of two promising nations who are enjoying their best spells in international football for some time. Both with vastly different systems and styles of play, yet similar in their energetic and aggressive approach to the game. Iceland had the best of the opening period with 1. FC Kaiserslautern forward Jón Daði Böðvarsson heading a glorious chance over the bar from 8 yards out. Down the other end, the accomplished Balázs Dzsudzsák tested the Strákarnir okkar defence with a couple of mazy runs into the box. Plucky play by Charlton Athletic FC‘s Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson saw him through on goal but Gábor Király thwarted the striker with an excellent low block. It was brilliant end-to-end football – Nagy Ádám was again excellent in crafting Hungary’s patient attacking play, whilst for Iceland Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson started to find space in the final third. It was Swansea City Football Club‘s main man Sigurðsson who gave Iceland the lead from the penalty spot after poor keeping from Kiraly just before half time. Hungary dominated the 2nd half as they aggressively searched for an equaliser – fullbacks Ádám Lang and Tamás Kádár were thrust forward, in essence operating as wide midfield players. Relentless pressure from the Hungarians looked to be to no avail as a stout Icelandic defence held strong. However, as we have seen a number of times in the tournament so far, if you sit too deep you get punished. With only minutes remaining of the 90, lovely build up play from Kleinheisler László and Nagy Ádám created the opportunity for substitute Nemanja Nikolić to whip a dangerous ball across the six yard box that the unfortunate Birkir Már Sævarsson could only turn into his own net. A great game, a deserved point-a-piece. Cracking stuff!

Man of the Match: Balázs Dzsudzsák
Best: Nagy Ádám, Balázs Dzsudzsák, László KleinheislerTamás KádárGylfi SigurdssonBirkir Bjarnason

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