Euro 2016 Player of the Day: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

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Ronaldo was in inspired form in a 3-3 draw in Lyon.

It may have taken him three games and 24 shots but finally the hero Portugal craved has arrived. And just in time.

The Real Madrid man has evolved into a predatory poacher and he proved as much by dragging his jittery nation through to the last-16.

He reprised his  role as the frustrated figure when Hungary led but then played the part of provider with a sublime assist for Nani’s equaliser.

Ronaldo's Stats

  • 17 - appearances at the Euros finals is now a record.
  • 04 - different European Championships scored in, the only man to reach such a feat.
  • 08 - goals in the Euros is second only to Michel Platini’s nine.
  • 03 - straight games Ronaldo has registered 10 shots.

A chaotic defence conceded again but the self-anointed world’s best lived up to that billing with his first of this Euros, a beautiful back-heeled finish.

After falling behind for a third time, his powerful header dragged his team from the brink of an exit.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic's international career ends in defeat to Belgium

Sport360 staff 23/06/2016
Belgium celebrate their 1-0 triumph in Nice.

The star striker's announcement that the tournament would be his last dominated the build-up to the game, with Ibrahimovic saying in typically understated fashion: "To finish with a disappointment - never.''

But that was exactly what transpired as Radja Nainggolan's superb late goal earned Belgium victory.

Marc Wilmots' team needed only a point to secure second place behind Italy in Group E and will face Hungary in the last 16.

Sweden went into the match as the only team in the tournament without a shot on target - their only goal having been an own goal by the Republic of Ireland's Ciaran Clark. They took only six minutes to change that statistic, and it was to prove their best chance of the match. A free-kick eventually fell for Marcus Berg, starting ahead of John Guidetti, 10 yards out but his shot was acrobatically kept out by Thibaut Courtois. The game was open but lacking in clear-cut chances. Ibrahimovic, the scorer of a record 62 goals in 116 internationals for Sweden, shot just wide while at the other end Eden Hazard played in Kevin De Bruyne but he also could not find the target. De Bruyne looked a real danger to Sweden and just before half-time he whipped in a cross that very nearly flew inside the far post. The pattern continued after half-time, and Berg should have made more of a superb pass from Ibrahimovic but his control let him down at the vital moment. Ibrahimovic then had the ball in the net but the referee had already blown his whistle for a high boot by Berg. Most of the pressure was coming from Belgium, though, and Andreas Isaksson pulled off a series of impressive saves from De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Dries Mertens. In between, Ibrahimovic saw a free-kick pushed away by Courtois, but the writing was well and truly on the wall for the 34-year-old's international career when Nainggolan struck in the 84th minute. The Roma midfielder, in the team in place of the injured Mousa Dembele, picked up the ball 25 yards out and drilled it across Isaksson and into the top corner.

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Euro 2016 Group F: Iceland 2-1 Austria – What they said

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Iceland celebrate a famous win in Paris.

Substitute Arnor Ingvi Traustason’s last-gasp winner fired Iceland past Austria 2-1 in their final Group F match at Euro 2016 on Wednesday to book a last-16 showdown with England.

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson swept Iceland into an 18th-minute lead at the Stade de France, with Austria paying dearly for Aleksandar Dragovic’s missed first-half penalty.

Alessandro Schopf came off the bench to level for Austria on the hour, but Traustason’s 94th-minute strike condemned Marcel Koller’s side to a premature exit.

Iceland, the smallest nation to appear at a major finals, will play England in the last 16 in Nice after finishing second in the group, behind Hungary but above Portugal, following a thrilling 3-3 draw in Lyon.

Sport360 rounds-up the best of the post-match reaction:

Heimir Hallgrimsson, Iceland’s joint coach:

“I think everybody who was watching the game realised how much it meant to us. We were willing to sacrifice everything to win.

“We were lucky on occasions but showed fantastic mentality throughout and there were a lot of tired legs.”

And from the other camp, Austria coach Marcel Koller absolved Aleksandar Dragovic of any blame after the central defender missed a costly first-half penalty in Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to Iceland at Euro 2016.

“I choose two penalty-takers, David (Alaba) and Dragovic. They have to agree on the pitch who will take it.

“The one who feels better shoots. Dragovic assumed responsibility and there’s nothing to blame him for.”

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