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Euro 2016 Group F Round-up: Hungary, Iceland and Portugal all qualify

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The benefits of playing on the last day of group matches were there for all to see as Hungary, Iceland and Portugal all advanced to the last 16 of the European Championships after a pulsating day of Group F action saw an amazing 9 goals being scored.

Portugal showed tremendous resolve an courage after a poor start to their tournament to come back from a goal down not once, not twice, but three times as they drew 3-3 with Group F toppers Hungary, who benefited from two deflected goals.

 

For large periods it looked like that would mean that those two sides would go through to the last 16 as first and second in the group, but a 94th minute goal from Iceland's Arnor Ingvi Traustason in Paris saw the tiny nation stun Austria 2-1 and take second place away from Portugal, a result the latter is unlikely to mind considering how the next round is likely to line-up.

Hungary were already guaranteed a place in the last 16 before today's match started, but it was as yet unclear where they would finish in the group. A Zoltan Gera strike put them in charge in 19th minute, and the drama was just beginning to unfold when Nani drew Portugal level on the cusp of half-time.

Balazs Dzsudzsak's freekick took a wicked deflection off the wall in the 47th minute to restore Hungary's advantage, only for Cristiano Ronaldo to finally announce himself at the tournament with a world class deft flick to draw Portugal level 3 minutes later.

Portugal were only level for 5 minutes as Dzsudzsak scored again, once again courtesy of a deflection to put Hungary ahead once again. Ronaldo though responded with his second of the afternoon, scoring at excellent header to make it 3-3.

Hungary did hit the post with an effort shortly after, but the last 10 minutes of the game were a little farcical as both sides knew that no further additions to the scoreline would send them both through.

The same could not be said of the other game where Austria bounced back from being 1-0 down at half-time courtesy of a rare goal from Jon Dadi Bodvarsson. Austria didn't do themselves any favours by missing a penalty too with Aleksandar Dragovic hitting the post after his side were awarded a soft penalty for a tug of the arm from Ari Skulason on David Alaba.

Substitute Alessandro Schopf, who was unlucky not to be in the starting eleven after impressing after coming on for Alaba in the last game, made his appearance this time count for more as he brought Austria level on the hour mark.

Austria threw the kitchen sink at Iceland and perhaps deserved to get more out of the game, but Iceland defended for their lives before scoring late on via a counter-attack which resulted in a 3-on-1 situation.

Arnor Ingvi Traustason connected with a cross at full stretch to squeeze the ball past Robert Almar at the near post and second Iceland through to a round of 16 showdown with England on Monday.

Hungary meanwhile will face whichever team finishes second in Group E, while Portugal will face either Germany or Croatia, depending on the outcome of tonight's last round of matches.

Final Score:

Hungary 3-3 Portugal

Hungary Scorers: Gera (19'), Dzsudzsák (47', 55')

Portugal Scorers: Nani (42'), Ronaldo (50', 62')

Iceland 2-1 Austria

Iceland Scorers: Bödvarsson (18'), Traustason (90'+4)

Austria Scorer: Schöpf (60')