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Euro 2016: France Thrash Braveheart Iceland 5-2 To Book Semi-Final With Germany

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Iceland’s fairytale run at the European Championship came to a crushing end as they were beaten by hosts 5-2 at the Stadium of here on Sunday.

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Iceland, who shocked 2-1 in their last match, found themselves behind after only 12 minutes through a goal from France striker Olivier Giroud. The player ran behind the Iceland back four onto a long pass from Blaise Matuidi and fired it low past keeper Hannes Halldorsson with his left foot.

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doubled France’s lead eight minutes later by jumping highest to power home a header from the corner.

Two minutes before the interval, France pulled ahead with four goals.

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Dimitri Payet scored his third goal of the tournament in the 43rd minute when he received the ball from , dragged the ball onto his left and drilled it across the keeper into the bottom right corner.

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In the 45th minute, Griezmann scored the fourth by himself, running onto the dummy from Giroud and lifting the ball over the advancing Halldorsson.

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Iceland settled down from the first half panic and pulled one back in the 56th minute through forward Kolbeinne Sigthorsson, who stabbed home his second of the tournament from a world-class Gylfi Sigurdsson cross.

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But Giroud made it 5-1 three minutes later with a header.

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Iceland, the smallest country in history to have compete in a major tournament, refused to throw in the towel. And their efforts paid off in the 84th minute when Birkir Bjarnason nodded in Ari Skulason’s far-post cross into the bottom corner. It was too late and too little but they can still leave the tournament with head held high.

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