MARSEILLE: Iceland came within two minutes of history with a first victory on their European Championship debut but had to settle for a 1-1 draw with relieved Hungary in Group F of Euro 2016 in the Stade Velodrome.
A Gylfi Sigurdsson penalty just before halftime threatened to fire Iceland top of the Group F table but Birkir Saevarsson deflected a cross by substitute Nemanja Nikolic into his own net two minutes from the end.
Hungarian fans and police scuffled in the stands before kickoff but when peace was restored it was Iceland who produced the more aggressive football.
Jon Dadi Bodvarsson headed over the bar and Johann Gudmundsson was foiled by a sharp save from veteran keeper Gabor Kiraly.
However the 40-year-old Hungary goalkeeper then dropped a simple cross and was beaten from the penalty spot by Sigurdsson after defender Tamas Kadar tripped Aron Gunnarsson in the scramble.
Iceland had the better of the early exchanges the second half, too with Kollbein Sigthorsson heading just wide. Hungary, apart from a couple of optimistic efforts from midfielder Laszlo Kleinheisler, looked badly short of attacing ideas.
However, with time running out, Nikolic found time and space enough to cross into he penalty box where Saevarsson was caught wrong-footed and jabbed the ball over his own goal-line.