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Portugal vs. Iceland - Euro 2016 Group F game as it happened

One of the world's best players, Cristiano Ronaldo, and his Portugal side have been held to a shock draw by the minnows of Iceland in the second match of Euro 2016's Group F.

PORTUGAL 1-1 ICELAND

Portugal XI: Patricio; Vieirinha, Pepe, Carvalho, Guerreiro; Moutinho, Danilo, Mario, Gomes; Ronaldo, Nani.

Iceland XI: Halldorsson, Saevarsson, Sigurdsson, Gudmundsson, Bjarnason, Sigthorsson, Sigurdsson, Arnason, Bodvarsson, Gunnarsson, Skulason.

FULL-TIME: PORTUGAL 1-1 ICELAND

Summary: A fantastic achievement from Iceland -- brilliant. Organised, stubborn and, above all, a beacon of team spirit, they withstood a lot of Portugal pressure but also fashioned chances of their own, the best of them taken by Bjarnason after the break to cancel out the well-crafted Nani goal that had given Portugal a first-half lead. They are national heroes now. The minnows have made a wonderful start to Euro 2016, but Portugal will know they should have done better -- they had this game under control, but they failed to make the most of that.

90+4 MINS - No he can't! Blocked again!

90+4 MINS - Over the three minutes. Free-kick, 35 yards out and central. Ronaldo takes. Blocked, but by a handball from Finbogasson. Another free-kick, much closer... can Ronaldo do it this time?

90+2 MINS - It's poor, and it's cleared. The Iceland fans are jumping up and down. Seconds to go...

90+2 MINS - Late, late Portugal free-kick. From the right. Great crossing position...

90 MINS - Gudmundsson comes off and Njarnson is on for Iceland. They have less than a minute of normal time, plus THREE MINUTES of stoppages, to hang on for what would be a fantastic result of them.

88 MINS - A frustrated Ronaldo gives away a free-kick. He looks annoyed. It hasn't been his night -- not yet -- and he knows he could have won it for his side with that header not so long ago.

86 MINS - Drama at the other end as Paticio pushes a well-struck shot from Finbogasson -- struck pretty close to him, to be fair -- up into the air and away.

85 MINS - Now, was that the big Portugal moment? Nani's cross evades all the Icelandic shirts in the area and drops to Ronaldo at the far post -- and his header is straight at Halldorsson. Of all people...

84 MINS - Gomes off, Eder on in Portugal's last throw of tonight's dice.

82 MINS - Optimistic free-kick from Ronaldo. It deflects behind. The corner is dangerous, but a Pepe touch from the following corner is over.

80 MINS - Last 10 minutes. Still on a knife-edge. Portugal sling the ball towards Ronaldo, hwo is offside. Iceland change: Sigthorsson off; Alfred Finbogasson on.

78 MINS - Not too far from the last 10 minutes. Can Iceland hold on? Or will Portugal find a winner? They nearly do right then as Quaresma sees a deflected effort pushed past the post by Halldorsson.

76 MINS - Mario off for Portugal now; Ricardo Quaresma on.

75 MINS - Gunnarsson hurls a huge throw into the Portugal area. When it's flicked on, there's a moment of panic before the ball is finally cleared.

73 MINS - Iceland appeal for handball just outside the Portugal area. No it isn't says the referee, who is clearly right. At the other end, Ronaldo blazes over the top from 22 yards.

71 MINS - Moutinho off, Renato Sanches on for Portugal. Can the soon-to-be Bayern Munich teenager change the picture? Within seconds of the change, Nani heads a free-kick narrowly wide.

70 MINS - Portugal's passing, so crisp before the break, is much looser now. They are desperate to get Ronaldo into the game more, but Iceland are defending so well -- organised and resolute.

68 MINS - Pepe fouls Bodvarsson, who had fouled him, near the half-way line. The referee races over at high speed to tell the pair of them to behave themselves.

66 MINS - Changes afoot for Portugal, it seems. They have not really recaptured the initiative. They were cruising in this game, but could not add to their 1-0 lead. And now look at it.

64 MINS - Mario miscontrols in front of the Iceland fans. Safe to say they enjoyed that. Bjarnason then crosses from the left, and there are one or two nervy moments in the Portugal defence before that one is cleared.

62 MINS - In low again, and Nani is searching again. Halldorsson almost loses his bearings, but recovers to grab the ball.

60 MINS - On the hour. I bet not many of you would have predicted a 1-1 scoreline at this point.

58 MINS - Portugal just beginning to recover a little composure after being visibly rattled by the equaliser. They have a dangerous free-kick here, which is swung in from the left but cleared by Arnason, once of Rotherham.

56 MINS - A glorious flick from Ronaldo starts a move -- and Ronaldo himself gets on the end of it before trying a shot from an angle outside the area when he had better-placed colleagues.

54 MINS - Scorer Bjarnason is booked for a foul on Vieirinha. That's not going to take much gloss of his night, let's face it.

52 MINS - Absolute delirium amongst the Iceland fans, who have been stupendous in their backing all night. The game had looked to be running away from their heroes -- now it's back in the balance.

50 MINS - GOAL: PORTUGAL 1-1 ICELAND

Well, well, well! Poor defending from Portugal as a Gudmundsson cross comes in deep from the right, sails over a defender and finds Bjarnason, all alone at the far post. He does the rest, as cool as you like -- and the minnows are level against Ronaldo and co!

49 MINS - Corner to Portugal. It's cleared, and when Danilo tries to hook it back in he hooks it miles up in the air and then behind. Back come Portugal -- the pattern set in the first half is continuing -- but Gomes, who has looked good today, is bundled over as he looks to cross. No foul.

47 MINS - Ronaldo turns on the edge of the area. He tries a shot, which is blocked. Seconds later, a clearance drops to him and he flashes a first-time effort not too far wide of the far post.

46 MINS - BACK UNDER WAY IN SAINT ETIENNE! No changes from either manager at the break.

HALF-TIME: PORTUGAL 1-0 ICELAND

45 MINS - Not that time, no. Gunnarsson has a little kick at goalscorer Nani in the final action of what has been a pretty decent first half. Portugal have been well on top, but Iceland have had -- and missed -- that good chance for Gylfi Sigurdsson.

45 MINS - Gunnarsson is brought down in midfield. Late free-kick for Iceland. Smash-and-grab equaliser time?

43 MINS - Yet another Portugal cross. Nani tries a first-time strike, but hits a defender.

41 MINS - But if Iceland can keep it at 1-0 at the break, who knows? They scored plenty of goals from set-pieces in qualifying -- could that be a route back for them here tonight?

39 MINS - Coming up to the final five minutes of a first half in which Portugal, as expected, have had the bulk of the possession and the chances. Nani crosses and Ronaldo was already getting up for the header when Halldorsson plucked the ball out of the air.

37 MINS - But wait -- corner to Iceland. Gudmundsson was lurking at the far post and the ball was diverted away from him and behind. The corner comes to nothing, however.

35 MINS - If Portugal get another before the break, this has the look of a game that would be all but over. Their goal had been coming and, after a bright start, Iceland have been able to produce very little to worry them.

33 MINS - Bjarnason heads not too far over his own bar after another dangerous free-kick is curled in. 

31 MINS - GOAL: PORTUGAL 1-0 ICELAND

Gomes gets in down the right after some stylish build-up play, looks up and delivers low for Nani, who converts from close range. Good goal, and is that the cue for Ronaldo and co. to hit their stride?

30 MINS - Bodvarsson tries to find a way forward for Iceland after another cross is cleared. But he can't, with the ball forward running out of play before anyone is able to get there.

28 MINS - Iceland compete well in midfield again -- but when they do win the ball back, they aren't keeping it for very long just at the moment.

26 MINS - Pepe with the ball in, but Ronaldo can't quite get there, kicking at fresh air, and Iceland hack it away. The Portuguese pressure is growing, there's no question about that.

25 MINS - So, good chances for Nani and Ronaldo for Portugal, and for Gylfi Sigurdsson for Iceland. But no goals so far.

23 MINS - Vieirinha crosses from the right, looking for Ronaldo, who heads it over the top. Portugal just beginning to stamp their authority on proceedings.

21 MINS - GOOD SAVE! Brilliant cross from Ronaldo, and it finds Nani six yards out. He tries to head the ball back across the keeper but can't get enough direction and Halldorsson blocks it away.

20 MINS - Worrying for Iceland -- Gylfi Sigurdsson down after a challenge. He looks as though he should be back on his feet soon, though. And indeed he is.

18 MINS - Vieirinha makes a really enterprising run for Portugal and unleashes a strike from outside the area that is stopped by Halldorsson.

16 MINS - Carvalho, under little pressure at times, is enjoying the chance to spray some passes around. From one of them, a neat move develops down the right before a pass aimed towards Ronaldo is cut out.

14 MINS - Portugal whip a quick free-kick out to the right. The referee says it was too quick. Ronaldo smoulders. As a consolation, here is a reminder of the memorable landmark he has reached tonight:

12 MINS - Ronaldo goes down under a challenge on the edge of the Iceland area. Ronaldo wants a free-kick. Ronaldo doesn't get one, and looks peeved.

10 MINS - Free-kick to Iceland on the right. They have committed plenty forward -- but they may as well not have bothered as a wildly overhit ball in gives nobody any sort of chance.

8 MINS - No quarter asked or given in these opening stages -- plenty of strong challenges going in from both sides. Iceland then put together a neat spell of midfield passing, but it's spoiled by an aimless final ball that bounces its way through to Patricio.

6 MINS - A free-kick on the right for Portugal. Nani guides it into the area, but it loops through to the goalkeeper. Not much more Nani could have done with that rather flat delivery. Portugal come again and win a corner... which is flicked on and put behind by a defender again. Halldorsson catches this one.

4 MINS - Almost a goal by Iceland! Gylfi Sigurdsson breaks into the area after good build-up down the left. His shot is blocked by Patricio, who then saves his follow-up prod too. What a start that would have been!

3 MINS - Loads of purpose about Portugal early on. Mario is away down the right, but his low cross is again dealt with by Halldorsson.

2 MINS - An early run by Ronaldo, who slips the ball into the path of Nani -- but he can't bring it under control and keeper Halldorsson is out to gather.

20.00 BST: ICELAND GET THINGS UNDER WAY!

19.59 BST: Another full house, and another fine atmosphere. One point to ponder -- Ronaldo and Pepe were both described as "excellent actors" by Lagerback. It will be interesting to see how he reacts if either is involved in a controversial moment.

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19.58 BST: Anthems over. Football imminent.

19.55 BST: The players are out, and the anthems are playing. Iceland first. Their blue-shirted fans are loving this -- what a proud moment.

19.52 BST: How are Iceland going to approach the tricky issue of dealing with Ronaldo? Not by man-marking him, says Iceland joint-coach Lars Lagerback.

Here's how Lagerback is looking at it: "Everybody knows Ronaldo is one of the best players in the world, so of course we will have an extra eye on him -- but at the same time, if you have the quality and collective skills of Portugal it is about the team. But we will do everything we can to close down Mr. Ronaldo."

19.50 BST: And as you can see from that, it's a nice evening in Saint Etienne. The players have been through their paces, with a multitude of eyes, unsurprisingly, on one CR7.

19.45 BST: Kick-off in Saint Etienne isn't far away now -- 15 minutes to go.

19.42 BST: For Iceland, Cardiff's Aron Gunnarsson and Swansea star Gylfi Sigurddson team up in midfield.

19.40 BST: Ronaldo lines up alongside one-time Manchester United teammate Nani in attack, while Ricardo Carvalho, big on experience and quality, is in central defence.

19.34 BST: But it's been a very good few weeks for Ronaldo. His penalty won the shootout against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final, and he is raring to go after a few injury frustrations. Can he make his mark today?

19.32 BST: Standing in the way of Ronaldo and Portugal are Iceland, making their first-ever major tournament appearance. They are the smallest country ever to do so, and finished seven points ahead of Netherlands in their group. They won't be afraid of anyone -- why should they be? -- not even Ronaldo.

19.30 BST: Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the joint-leading appearance maker for Portugal after being named in the starting XI against Iceland for their first match in Group F of Euro 2016.

Ronaldo, 30, is now level with the legendary Luis Figo on 127 caps, and had scored 58 goals in his 126 games before the tournament began.

Portugal XI: Patricio; Vieirinha, Pepe, Carvalho, Guerreiro; Moutinho, Danilo, Mario, Gomes; Ronaldo, Nani.

Iceland XI: Halldorsson, Saevarsson, Sigurdsson, Gudmundsson, Bjarnason, Sigthorsson, Sigurdsson, Arnason, Bodvarsson, Gunnarsson, Skulason.

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