Cristiano Ronaldo embarrassed himself with his post-match comments following Portugal’s 1-1 draw against minnows Iceland in their Euro 2016 opener on Tuesday evening.
The Portuguese superstar, irritated by his team’s failure to secure all three points, accused Iceland of only trying to defend and celebrating “like they had won the European cup or something”.
He added that Iceland have a “small mentality” and predicted the tiny European nation will “do nothing” in the rest of the competition.
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Needless to say, these comments have angered Icelanders, including the team’s players.
Biting back at the three-time Ballon d’Or winner’s rather unnecessary assessment of Portugal’s first Euro 2016 opponents, Iceland’s Kari Arnason was quoted as saying by Goal: “He’s just a sore loser.
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“He didn’t want to lose the game. What does he expect - for us to play like Barcelona against him? He fannies about and dives around.
“Obviously we were the underdog, we played like the underdog and we were unlucky not to win the game.”
Arnason: No specific plan made for Ronaldo
Ronaldo was kept quiet by both Arnason and Ragnar Sigurdsson, although the former claims manager Lars Lagerback didn’t provide a specific plan to deal with the Portuguese goal machine.
“We didn’t pay any extra attention to him,” Arnason continued. “Obviously everyone knows how good he is so you have to know where he is at every given moment but there was nothing in our game plan to specifically close him down.
“We just knew we had to be close to him at every given moment and it worked perfectly.”
Iceland thrilled with point
Iceland found themselves a goal down when Nani turned in a cross from Andre Gomes in the 31st minute.
However, Lagerback’s men netted the equaliser thanks to a neat finish from Birkir Bjarnason five minutes after half-time and held on for a famous point.
“It’s amazing,” Arnason added. “I mean we knew we could do it. I think we were a bit unlucky not to steal the win at the end with [Alfred] Finnbogason’s chance.
“The second half played into our hands. We didn’t have the ball much, obviously, but we were solid and we can always catch people on the counter. There’s not many people who want to play against our forwards in the form they were in today.”
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