Euro 2016 Day 13: Ireland aim to shock Italy to progress, Portugal look for first win against Hungary

The final day of group fixtures sees it all to play for in group F as Iceland face Austria and Hungary take on Portugal, while Ireland aim to stun Italy and Sweden face Belgium in group E.

Iceland v Austria
1700 ~ Stade de France, Saint-Denis

Iceland are unbeaten at Euro 2016 and manager Heimir Hallgrimsson believes the smallest nation in the competition are in a great position to reach the last 16.

Iceland have two pionts from two games at Euro 2016 image: mirror.co.uk

Iceland have two points from two games at Euro 2016
image: mirror.co.uk

“We have two points and are in a great position,” said the 49-year-old.

“Our fate is in our own hands and a win would guarantee us a place in the knockout stage. If you had offered us this situation to us prior to the tournament, we would have gladly taken it. We are thinking positively and feeling confident. We’re going to win against Austria and progress.”

Austria have yet to score at the tournament and gaffer Marcel Koller is desperate for his team to score some goals to progress and doesn’t care how they do it.

“It doesn’t matter how it goes over the line – all that matters is that it does,” said the Swiss man.

“It will be an intense game; both teams need a win. We will need to battle against Iceland; that’s their speciality. They’re compact, they have real desire, but they can also play football.”

Team News

Iceland captain Aron Gunnarsson has overcome a groin problem to start against Austria, while trio Johann Gudmundsson, Alfred Finnbogason and Birkir Saevarsson are one yellow away from suspension.

Centre-back Aleksandar Dragovic is available for Austria after serving a one-match ban for his red card in the defeat to Hungary, but they will be missing playmaker Zlatko Junuzovic due to an ankle injury.

Hungary v Portugal
1700 ~ Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon

Hungary have already booked their place in the last 16 with four points from their opening two games and head coach Bernd Strock knows his side can keep up their good form against a strong Portugal side.

Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penlaty in Portugal's draw with Austria image: skysports.com

Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty in Portugal’s draw with Austria
image: skysports.com

“We can’t be afraid and we hope to play our style of match,” said the former defender.

“I always try to set an example. I always prepare my team for what they will face. We always analyse all the opposition so that our players know what to expect. I don’t think we’re good enough to play our game and destroy Portugal so of course we’ll look at them.”

Portugal have been one of the biggest disappointments at Euro 2016 but boss Fernando Santos believes his team can prove their doubters wrong a seal progress to the knockout stages.

“I believe in my players. We’ve worked hard, we’re committed and have quality players,” said the 61-year-old.

“I don’t think Hungary will play a very defensive match. They may not be dependent on other results, but a team cannot change its style of play overnight. They have hard workers and are very strong. Their main strength is they are a team. They like to move the ball around and attack.”

Team News

Hungary could rotate their starting XI with a place in the last 16 assured for Strock’s side but they are once again without Attila Fiola (ankle) so centre-back Adam Lang may once again start at right-back.

Left-back Raphael Guerreiro and midfielder Andre Gomes are both doubtful for Portugal as both men are struggling with thigh problems, as captain Cristiano Ronaldo with play a record 17th match at the European Championship.

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