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My troops haven't climbed any volcanoes yet, says Lagerback

By Staff Reporter

Iceland and Hungary provided the two biggest upsets of the opening round of group matches but joint coach Lars Lagerback is not getting carried away as his Nordic newcomers prepare for their second game in Marseille.

Iceland marked their first appearance in a major tournament by coming from behind to earn a 1-1 draw against Portugal while Hungary, in their first game in the European Championship since 1972, won 2-0 against Austria and head into today's clash top of Group F.

Lagerback knows that famous point against Portugal will count for little if his Iceland team do not perform again against Hungary. He said: "We haven't started climbing any volcanoes yet. We have to keep our feet on the ground and do a good job against Hungary, otherwise we will lose that match."

Hungary are at their first major competition since the 1986 World Cup and after making a winning start in France head coach Bernd Storck believes the country should already be targeting regular appearances at further tournaments.

"It is a huge challenge to permanently bring Hungarian football out of the woodwork," says Storck.

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