Iceland secured a glorious 1-1 draw with Portugal in a Euro 2016 Group F fixture on Tuesday night , and in the process earned their first ever point at a major championship finals.
As wonderful as it was for the neutrals to witness this tournament’s truest minnows achieve history, you can’t have fully appreciated the magnitude of it all unless your viewing of Birkir Bjarnason’s goal was complimented by this piece of commentary.
When Bjarnason confidently stroked the ball into the Portuguese net in the 50th minute to render Nani’s first-half strike meaningless, one Icelandic commentator descended into full blown but delightful hysteria. We can’t understand a word he is saying, but the ludicrous pitch of his cries translate the meaning better than any interpreter ever could.
— Síminn (@siminn) June 14, 2016
In a piece dedicated to goal-inspired lunacy, we couldn’t sign off without reminding readers of another similar piece of commentary from some 18 years ago.
Dennis Berkgkamp’s last-minute winner for Holland against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup quarter-final was both significant and sublime, but Dutch commentator Jack van Gelden’s reaction to it was every bit as memorable.