Small names make big gains in the European Cup soccer
New Delhi: Some small teams are making a big mark in the European football Cup matches being played this year. Two names are being mentioned in this connection. One of them ,Iceland team, created a history of sorts by drawing with much- fancied Portugal in the match played on Wednesday night.
The result (!-!) irked the Portugal captain, Christiano Ronanldo , so much that he took to Twitter to damn its style of playing. “It was unbelievable. When the don't try to play and just defend , defend, defend, this is my opinion shows a small mentality.
Whatever this football great may say, people of Iceland , a small country of about 3.3 lakh citizens rejoiced it.
According to reports reaching here, nearly eight per cent of people of that country had come to watch this match and their ” football heroes” did not disappoint them. The Iceland goalkeeper was especially delighted because he had foiled all Ronaldo’s attempts at the goal.
Another noteworthy feature of the Wednesday match was the performance of the Switzerland team. The country entered the group of 16 for the first time in the history of Euro Cup . It achieved this feat by scoring a goal against Romania. Romania also scored but it was only through a penalty—a controversial one at that.
The penalty was awarded for a small offence—a Swiss team mate pulling the jersey of a Romanian player in the D-area. No other goal was scored and the match ended in a draw.