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A Historic Clash: Iceland vs Portugal


Football  •  21 Jun, 2023  •  42,302 Views  •  ⭐ 5.0

Written by Shivani Chourasia


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A Brief History

Iceland vs. Portugal Highlights | Euro Qualifiers | FOX Sports
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The much-anticipated match between Iceland and Portugal took place on 20th June 2023, marking an exciting moment in football history. While these two teams had only met once before on the field, the competition was already rife. Portugal had won their previous encounter, setting up a tense atmosphere for this match as Iceland aimed to even the score​.

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The Match at Laugardalsvöllur

Euro Qualifiers: Cristiano Ronaldo cherishes winning goal vs Iceland in  record 200th appearance for Portugal - India Today
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As the Icelandic sun shone over Laugardalsvöllur stadium in Reykjavik, a crowd of 8,600 football enthusiasts gathered to witness the showdown between these two teams​. The tension was palpable as Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal's star player, stepped onto the pitch for his 200th international appearance.

Portugal started the game aggressively, but Iceland gradually took control, offering two brilliant opportunities to take the lead in the first half via defender Victor Palsson and full-back Hordur Magnusson. However, the Portuguese team responded after the break and gradually got into the game, with Ronaldo's goal securing the points​.

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Ronaldo's Historic Goal

Iceland 0-1 Portugal: Cristiano Ronaldo nets 89th-minute winner on historic  200th international appearance - Eurosport
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The match saw Ronaldo score a stunning late goal, making Portugal victorious with a 1-0 win over Iceland. This goal extended Portugal's perfect record in the Euro 2024 qualifying Group J and marked a significant milestone for Ronaldo as he became the first player to make 200 international appearances. This goal was Ronaldo's 123rd for Portugal, extending his record as the all-time leading international goalscorer​.

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