Iceland denied historic win by late own goal

Sat Jun 18, 2016 3:02pm EDT
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By Ed Osmond

MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) - Iceland were within two minutes of their first victory at a major tournament when defender Birkir Saevarsson's late own goal earned Hungary a battling 1-1 draw at Euro 2016 on Saturday.

Gylfi Sigurdsson's nerveless penalty just before halftime had looked set to lift Iceland top of the Group F standings but Saevarsson turned in a cross by Hungary substitute Nemanja Nikolic two minutes from the end of a match short on quality.

"This is a big disappointment. We almost had the three points in our hands, but we were lacking concentration towards the end even though our defense was good to begin with," Sigurdsson told reporters.

"We’re at a big tournament and we’re playing against really strong teams. Getting this far just shows how good we really are."

Hungary top the standings with four points, two ahead of Iceland and three clear of Portugal, who play bottom side Austria, who have yet to get off the mark, later on Saturday.

Hungary coach Bernd Storck said: "We couldn't create many chances, Iceland defended cleverly, although it was better in the second half. We never gave up and always believed in ourselves.

"We‘re very happy with our performance and the late goal. It was a big bit of luck but a deserved one because we dominated the game."


Football Soccer - Iceland v Hungary - EURO 2016 - Group F - Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, France - 18/6/16
Iceland's Birkir Saevarsson scores an own goal and Hungary's first 
REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier