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which gets underway in July. we just wanted them to win.Three minutes to the whistle Iceland – leading 1-0 thanks to a 40-minute penalty – had turned these prayersinto hope even expectation This wasn’t just the clash between the two weaker teams in Group F Hungary were called the weakest team of the Euros and Iceland itself was such a surprise that it fuelled belief If this volcanic outcrop in the Arctic’s frozen wilderness could beat the Netherlands to qualify for the Euros who knows how far they might go Birkir Saevarsson scores an own goal Reuters What we did know all along is that Iceland did not have the personnel or the depth This was all about spirit about belief about the small guy making it to the big league Who doesn’t love that even if Hungary’s return to the Euros after 30 years was a dreamy affair as well All the underdog sympathy was heading north north north This affinity for the underdog increasedafter Iceland held mighty Portugal to a draw and Ronaldo criticised Iceland’s “small mentality” in perhaps the most ironic comment of Euro 2016 A win against Hungary was improbable but not more improbable than holding Portugal to a draw The course of the game was determined in the first five minutes though Hungary had the ball Iceland was defending And yet Iceland’s one-goal lead at half time was not surprising They had a third of the possession a third of Hungary’s passes but two of their four chances had been on target Leicester City has shown already that keeping the ball is so 2012 There were bad signs though In the 32nd minute Iceland’s creative talisman Gylfi Sigurdsson danced at the edge of Hungary’s box and had the defender going the other way from the direction of his pass Trouble is so did Jon Bodvarsson In that one moment the reality loomed: one classy player 10 others with great heart and belief and little ability Iceland looked heroic but it when Hungary equalised through an own goal by Iceland’s Birkir Savarsson it was no surprise – least of all in a competition that’s raining late goals After the game Hungary was jubilant as if they had won the game Iceland’s players looked crestfallen Their co-manager Heimir Hallgrimsson took heart in some statitistics reminding the world that they were the only team to not have lost a game at the European finals In his other life Hallgrimsson is a dentist; pain management advice is part and parcel of both his job descriptions Such stats and statements seem fine in the build up to a game After a disappointing result they serve to only take some of the charm out of Iceland’s remarkable football story Because by the end of the game Iceland’s players looked exhausted from the defending for all their fitness and training This is despite the 66th-minute introduction of strongman Emil Hallfredsson We know that teams who don’t like possession have to run more and work harder than teams that have the technical proficiency to keep the ball Which means not only greater physical demands but greater composure from the players in tight situations Greater luck also When they conceded the own-goal equaliser to Hungary it wasn’t a surprise given the waves of attack Hungary needed one moment of quality and that arrived from a slick exchange of passes and a cross that left right-back Birkir Saeversson with no option but to knock the ball into his own net There were some positives for Iceland on the pitch though Birkir Bjarnason most notably After Hallfredsson’s introduction he was put in Bjarnason’s position on the left of the midfield Bjarnason moved to the centre where captain Gunnarsson had been deployed Nicknamed Thor the scorer of the goal against Portugal looked like he belonged and was not uncomfortable on the ball Iceland’s fate now hinges on its game against the mysterious Austrian team – and mathematical calculations that would confound Loki himself The table of Group F is looking the exact opposite of what was expected with Hungary and Iceland in the top half and Austria and Portugal trailing Hungary will be fancying its chances after another disappointing day atthe Portugal office for Cristiano Ronaldo There may yet be a twist that can carry Iceland into a fairytale debut Chances are not high but the Norsemen want to show they are not here because of chance Paris: Jelena Ostapenko said she was amazed to be the first unseeded player since 1933 to capture the French Open on Saturday in a stunning and fearless 4-6 6-4 6-3 win over Simona Halep "I can’t believe I am the French Open champion at just 20 It’s amazing" said Ostapenko the first Latvian to claim a Grand Slam crown Jelena Ostapenko jumps as she defeats Simona Halep in their final match of the French Open AP It was also her first career title in just her eighth Slam appearance and will see her world ranking rocket to 12 from 47 Ostapenko fired 54 winners and 54 unforced errors compared to Halep’s eight and 10 respectively "I knew about the history" said Ostapenko "I knew that Gustavo Kuerten also won his first title here also in 1997 (the year she was born)" "There are no words It’s just amazing It was my dream as a child to win Roland Garros" She was 3-1 down in the second and third sets but kept coming back with her no-fear hitting "I knew Simona was a great player But I tried to play aggressive and everything turned my way I fought for every point I’m glad it finished my way" added the Latvian who finished the tournament with 299 winners more than any other woman or man "I’d like to say congratulations to Simona you had a great week you played great I hope you have many more finals and you will win it" said Ostapenko who was a first-round loser at the tournament in 2016 "I wish you good luck for the season" Halep the runner-up in 2014 also hailed Ostapenko "I am upset but congratulations to Jelena you are a great champion" said the Romanian who would have taken the world number one spot with victory "Enjoy it I am a little sick in the stomach but I want to win it one day It’s my dream" She added: "It’s a tough day today because I couldn’t win but let’s work let’s keep working let’s believe" "Jelena all the credit for what you have done It’s an amazing thing Be happy & keep it going because you’re like a kid" Halep had lost to Maria Sharapova in the 2014 final She saved a match point to beat Elina Svitolina in the quarter-finals and in the absence of Serena Williams Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka the 25-year-old was the overwhelming favourite My point has been proven ? 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