Just qualifying for Euro 2016 was one of Iceland’s greatest ever sporting achievements.
The nation has a population of just 330,000 making them the smallest country to have ever competed in the tournament.
Nobody gave them a hope in Group F.
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They faced Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal, Hungary and dark horses Austria.
But if you thought Iceland were just there you make up the numbers, you were very much mistaken.
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They earned plenty of plaudits for their sensational draw against Portugal in their opening match. They may have gone 1-0 down in the first-half, but they managed to fight back for a fantastic point.
There was one man slightly annoyed by their tactics though. After the match, Ronaldo blasted their “small mentality” and claimed “they celebrated like they had won the European Championships.”
Iceland had already rustled some feathers.
Next up was Hungary and surely their best chance to pick up three points in their quest to qualify. They led for the majority of the match but a late own goal meant they had to settle for a point and it was all down to their final fixture against Austria.
Let’s set the scene before we show you one of the best pieces of commentary you’ll ever hear.
Portugal and Hungary had played out a 3-3 draw and Iceland were drawing 1-1 against Austria in the 94th-minute.
A goal for either side would send them through but a draw left their Euro 2016 campaign uncertain. With Austria going for the win, Iceland caught them on the break in the last minute of injury-time with Elmar Bjarnason squaring the ball to Arnor Traustason who squeezed the ball home.
The players went mental, the fans went mental but the commentary back in Iceland… well, just listen for yourself.
Incredible, wasn’t it?
The goal sent Iceland through in second and set up a last-16 clash with England. The fairytale is set to continue and the Three Lions shouldn’t think they have a bye to the quarter-finals because they most certainly don’t.
Let’s just hope the Icelandic commentator remains a bit calmer for the match during the match Monday.
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