Iceland v Hungary
Hungary will be looking for their sixth consecutive victory against Iceland when the two Group F hopefuls go head-to-head on Saturday evening at the Stade Velodrome. Both sides will have surprised a number of people after picking up positive results in their respective opening matches.
Iceland, the smallest country by population participating at this year’s Championship, drew 1-1 with Portugal on Tuesday. Birkir Bjarnason’s unmarked volley equalised for the minnows after Nani’s first half opener.
Goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson pulled off a number of important stops as he and his defence managed to keep Cristiano Ronaldo at bay.
The match against Hungary will present a very different challenge for the side co-managed by Lars Lagerback and Heimir Hallgrimsson. Iceland will be hoping to have more time on the ball, having been made to withstand constant bombardment against Portugal.
Hungary churned out a superb performance in their 2-0 win over 2008 co-hosts Austria. Bernd Storck’s side passed the ball confidently and opened the scoring through Adam Szalai. With Austria down to 10 men following Alexander Dragovic’s sending off, Zoltan Stieber secured the victory with three minutes to play.
40-year-old goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly, sporting his trademark tracksuit pants, became the oldest player to appear in a European Championship match, picking up a clean sheet in the process.
Laszlo Kleinheisler was awarded the man of the match award for his role in central midfield. Balazs Dzsudzsak was another instrumental in Hungary’s victory. Indeed, the winger was on the scoresheet the last time Hungary faced Iceland in a 4-0 friendly win.
Storck was full of praise for his side’s perfect display. “The team performance was fantastic. We were rewarded for our hard work over the last three weeks. The team did a great job – a great success, a great result, a great match. Bravo!”
A win for Hungary on Saturday would confirm their place in the Round of 16.