SAINT-ETIENNE, France, Sporting Alert – Cristiano Ronaldo will lead Portugal in their Euro 2016 Group F clash against Iceland at Saint-Etienne on Tuesday.
Update: Portugal 1-1 Iceland
GOAL: Birkir Bjarnason side-foot volleyed home from close range to score an equalising goal for Iceland in the 50th minute.
Update: Portugal 1-0 Iceland
GOAL: Nani scores for Portugal in the 31st minute. Portugal leads Iceland 1-0.
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Today’s game, the second of the day, will close out the first round of group matches.
Ronaldo will captain and lead the attacking line for Portugal, with Nani, Pepe and Ricardo Carvalho also starting for the Portuguese side.
He’s scored six goals already in past European Championships.
Meanwhile, Swansea City’s Gylfi Sigurdsson, who scored six times during qualifiers, is among the highlighted players today for Iceland, which battled through qualifiers to beat the likes of the Netherlands and earned a place into Euro 2016.
Iceland will be captained by Cardiff City’s Aron Gunnarsson, who starts in midfield, while former Rotherham defender Kari Arnason is also in the starting setup, and plays in the heart of the defence.
Kolbeinn Sigthorsson, who was carrying an injury in the lead-up to the game, is fit again and starts in midfield.
Ronaldo, who will equal the legendary Luis Figo’s Portugal record of 127 caps when he plays tonight, was in great form for Real Madrid this past season, and will certainly be the player to watch for Portugal, with Bruno Alves, Eder, William Carvalho, Renato Sanches and Ricardo Quaresma, who passed a fitness test all on the bench.
Iceland all-time leading goalscorer Eidur Gudjohnsen, at 37-year-old, is on the bench.
NOTE: The only previous meetings between Portugal and Iceland came in qualifying play for Euro 2012, with Portugal winning both games, including a 3-1 victory in Reykjavik in October 2010.
In that contest, Ronaldo got Portugal off to fast start inside the opening three minutes of the match.
Portugal: Rui Patricio, Pepe, Raphael Guerreiro, Ricardo Carvalho, Joao Mario, Vieirinha, Danilo, Joao Moutinho, Andre Gomes, Nani, Cristiano Ronaldo. Subs: Lopes, Eduardo, Alves, Fonte, Eder, W Cavalho, Sanches, R Silva, Eliseu, Quaresma, Cedric, A Silva.
Iceland: Hannes Halldorsson, Birkir Saevarsson, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Johann Gudmundsson, Birkir Bjarnason, Kolbeinn Sigthorsson, Kari Arnason, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Aron Gunnarsson, Ari Skulason. Subs: Kristinsson, Jonsson, Hauksson, Hermannsson, Ingason, Finnbogason, Sigurjonsson, Bjarnason, Magnusson, Hallfredsson, Traustason, Gudjohnsen.