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Cristiano Ronaldo comes in for plenty of criticism following astonishing attack on Iceland's mentality

Published 15/06/2016 | 00:49

Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo shows his frustration during the Euro 2016 group F football match between Portugal and Iceland at the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo shows his frustration during the Euro 2016 group F football match between Portugal and Iceland at the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Iceland players celebrate at the end of the match
Iceland's Ragnar Sigurdsson and Elmar Bjarnason celebrate at the end of the game
Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Euro 2016 group F football match between Portugal and Iceland
Portugal's forward Nani celebrates. Photo:Jeff Pachoud/Getty Images
Portugal players celebrate after Nani scored the opening goal
Iceland's midfielder Birkir Bjarnason scores. Photo: Odd Andersen/Getty Images
Birkir Bjarnason of Iceland celebrates. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo. Photo: Philippe Desmazes/Getty Images
Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo acknowledges the crowd at the end of the Euro 2016 group F football match between Portugal and Iceland at the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo criticised Iceland after the plucky minnows claimed a 1-1 draw against Portugal in their Euro 2016 opener.

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Portugal wasted a series of chances and were held in the Group F clash in St Etienne after Birkir Bjarnason cancelled out Nani's opener.

Ronaldo told several national newspapers: "It was a little bit frustrating, we tried hard to win the game, Iceland didn't try anything.

"They scored a goal, they created two chances in the 90 minutes and otherwise they got every player behind the ball, they put the bus in the net.

"So it's difficult when one team don't try, but Portugal try and play football and try to win the game.

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Iceland players celebrate at the end of the match
Iceland players celebrate at the end of the match

"Iceland didn't try anything, they were just defend, defend, defend and playing on the counter-attack. It was a lucky night for them."

The game marked Iceland's first appearance at a major tournament, and the country is the smallest to feature at a European Championship, with a population of just 330,000.

Ronaldo, who spurned a number of chances himself, said: "I thought they'd won the Euros the way they celebrated at the end, it was unbelievable.

"When they don't try to play and just defend, defend, defend, this in my opinion shows a small mentality and they are not going to do anything in the competition."









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