EURO 2016 Preview: Portugal v Iceland

Tuesday 14th June , 2016 7:45 am

Fernando Santos warned that Iceland “are more than just physically strong” as he prepared a Cristiano Ronaldo-powered Portugal for their opening Group F game.

  • Portugal and Iceland commence Group F bids with their third meeting
  • Portuguese won both previous matches, in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying
  • Cristiano Ronaldo set to win his 127th cap, equalling Luís Figo’s Portugal record
  • Icelanders are making their major tournament debut
  • Iceland is smallest nation to grace a major finals (population 330,000)

Possible line-ups:
Portugal: Rui Patrício; Vieirinha, Bruno Alves, Pepe, Raphäel Guerreiro; João Mário, Danilo, João Moutinho, Adrien Silva; Nani, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Out: none
Doubtful: Quaresma (hamstring)

Iceland: Halldorsson; Sævarsson, R Sigurdsson, Árnason, Skúlason; Gudmundsson, G Sigurdsson, Gunnarsson, Bjarnason; Sigthórsson, Finnbogason.
Out: none
Doubtful: none

Coach quotes
Fernando Santos, Portugal coach

The players can’t wait to get started. It goes without saying that we want to have a good EURO and, in order to achieve that, our aim is still the same. We go into every match to win.

[Iceland] are more than just physically strong. They are strong, tactically well organised, and they know exactly how to act in defence and in attack. They will do everything to break Portugal’s will to win the match and they’ve got every right to do so.

Lars Lagerbäck, Iceland joint coach
Everyone knows Ronaldo is one of the best players in the world. It’s about playing against the whole team but of course we will try to close him down.

Heimir Hallgrímsson, Iceland joint coach
Psychologically I would think they want to knock us out of our stride as soon as possible. It’s no surprise they picked Norway and Estonia to play before the finals – both play similarly to us. They come into this game brimming with confidence. They are not a team that play only one way so it’s difficult to play against them – in return, we can’t play just one kind of defensive style against them. There is a lot to look out for but hopefully we have prepared well enough.



Source: UEFA