Birkir Saevarsson turned the ball into his own net to deny Iceland a huge win at Euro 2016, with a 1-1 draw instead putting Hungary on the brink of the last-16.
Iceland were heading for their first ever win at the European Championships after a first-half penalty from Gylfi Sigurdsson gave them the lead. Another late goal – the tournament’s 13th after the 87th minute so far – saved a point for Hungary however, as Saevarsson's cruel own-goal broke Icelandic hearts.
Iceland were gifted the perfect start when, just before half-time, referee Sergey Karasev pointed to the spot after Hungary goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly dropped a corner delivery before Tamas Kadar downed Aron Gunnarsson. Swansea star Sigurdsson made no mistake with a coolly taken penalty.
Hungary's Gabor Kiraly fouls Iceland's Ragnar Sigurdsson resulting in a penalty
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Hungary vastly improved in the second half and deserved at least a point. The equalising goal evaded them until three minutes before the end when substitute Nermanja Nikolic’s cross was bundled over the line by Iceland defender Saevarsson .
The draw means Hungary need only a point against Portugal to secure a place in the later stages of the tournament. Meanwhile, a draw could be enough for Iceland in their final group game with Austria.
Conceding such a late equaliser is so, so cruel on Iceland. A win would have virtually guaranteed their place in the last-16. The smallest nation in the tournament still have plenty to play for and you would not bet against Iceland progressing from this group. It would certainly be a remarkable achievement.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Balázs Dzsudzsák (Hungary): Caused Iceland all kinds of problems with his direct running and delivery.
Hungary: Kiraly 4, Lang 6, Guzmics 6, Juhász 5, Kadar 6, Kleinheisler 5, Gera 5, Nagy 6, Stieber 6, Priskin 6, Dzsudzsák 7. Subs: Szalai N/A, Böde 6, Nikolic 6.
Iceland's midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson (L) celebrates after scoring his team's first goal
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29’ - SAVE! Iceland should score - Gudmundsson shows tremendous strength to get onto the end of Gylfi Sigurdsson's pass but he can't find a way past Kiraly, who makes himself big and produces a great save.
33’ - CLOSE! Kleinheisle goes on a run, cuts into the penalty area but he can't find the target as his shot goes wide of the far post.
37’ - PENALTY TO ICELAND! Kiraly drops the corner delivery and then brings down Gunnarsson. The referee has no choice other than to point to the spot.
39’ - GOAL! Iceland 1-0 Hungary. The minnows Iceland have the lead! Gylfi Sigurdsson sends the Hungary goalkeeper the wrong way.
46’ - CLOSE! Kadar whips in a delicious cross, aimed for Priskin but Ragnar Sigurdsson does just enough to put off the Hungary forward who fails to make any contact.
71’ - WHOOPS! Dzsudzsak delivers a cross to the near post, Iceland's goalkeeper Halldorsson misses the ball, forcing Skulason to scramble it clear. Hungary have a corner.
Iceland's Birkir Saevarsson scores an own goal and Hungary's first
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88’ – GOAL! Iceland 1-1 Hungary. It's heart-breaking for Iceland who were minutes from their first ever win in the European Championships. Nikolic whips in a ball across the face of goal and Saevarsson can only turn it into his own net. 1-1.
90’+4 - WIDE! Sigurdsson strikes the wall with a free-kick, the rebound falls to Gudjohnsen but it's sent inches wide of the post.
13 goals have been scored in the 87th minute or after at Euro2016 so far (28%).
Five of Gylfi Sigurdsson's last seven goals for Iceland have come from the penalty spot.