Wow, the group I called the weakest is now one of the most exciting. The second phase matches were so dramatic, Hungary getting a late equaliser (through an own goal) against an obdurate Iceland which as we stand guarantees them a place in the knockout phase. Then later last Saturday evening was a brilliant 0-0 between Portugal and Austria, where Cristiano Ronaldo had so many chances on his own, including a missed penalty and an offside goal after a brilliant header – England fans are not crowing now. Fair play to Austria they admittedly rode their luck but they battled hard and their chances of getting through the group are still very much more alive than if they had been beaten. So as we stand Hungary top the group with 4 points, Iceland second on goals scored from Portugal, both with 2 points. Austria bringing up the rear with 1 point.
So what is going to happen today. Portugal have massively underachieved in this group and need to beat Hungary to guarantee a place in the last 16. With the Hungarians already assured of qualification to the first round of knockout matches I think the Portuguese and Ronaldo will find their shooting boots and win this match. Austria and Iceland is an intriguing one, Iceland now know a draw would see them through to the last 16. Austria HAVE to win the game and then they will guarantee themselves a place in the knockout phase. The Austrians were expected to be one of the dark horses (my pick as a surprise package too) of the tournament but in truth have disappointed so far. This is their final chance and I feel they will take it and have the opportunity to be one of the best third place teams. My feeling is that the Icelanders, who have been a breath of fresh air at Euro 2016 will be going home.
Iceland 0 Austria 2
Hungary 0 Portugal 4
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