Iceland's coach Heimir Hallgrimsson gives a press conference in Annecy, south west France, on June 20, 2016, during the Euro 2016 football tournament. / AFP / Odd ANDERSEN
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Should tournament debutants Iceland reach the knockout stages of Euro 2016 by securing the result they need against Austria Wednesday, much credit will go to a dentist and a film director.Against Portugal, he tried 28 passes – of which 27 went long – which was the second most from any Iceland player and against Hungary, his 35 attempted passes were more than any teammate.These are statistics that reflect the pressure Iceland resisted in those two matches as they averaged 33.5 percent possession, the lowest at the Euros.His bilingual news conference at the team's Lake Annecy training base was markedly more relaxed than the tense affairs staged by other nations.He urged his players to use the ball better against an Austrian team who were considered potential dark horses but who have registered only one point and no goals so far.
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