Iceland Shock England 2-1 To Set Up Quarter-Final With France As Three Lions Suffer Historic Defeat

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Debutant Iceland caused the biggest upset in Euro 2016 as they defeated England 2-1 to reach the quarter-finals.

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England were ahead in the 2nd minute as Wayne Rooney launched a venomous penalty kick to beat the goalkeeper at the bottom right corner after Sterling was hacked down inside the box by the Irish goalkeeper Halldorsson.

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However, Iceland immediately came back into the game as Ragnar Sigurdsson got on the end of a long throw from Kari Arnason before sliding down to tap the ball home from close range.

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England dominated possession but Iceland increased their lead in the 18th minute when striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson fired in a venomous strike from the edge of the box and Hart got a touch to it but couldn’t stop the ball from finding the net.

England looked desperate to level the score and pushed the tempo by pushing more bodies forward in the dying minutes of the first half.

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Daniel Sturridge picked Harry Kane, whose thumping volley from the edge of the box was tipped over by Halldorsson.

England looked to counter through the flanks but they lacked the finishing on the final ball as Hodgson’s side were unable to level the score before the break.

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England fumbled at the back and 10 minutes after the restart Sigurdsson’s bicycle-kick from close range almost increased the lead for Iceland, but Hart managed to hold on to it.

Harry Kane had a chance to draw level in the 79th minute but the striker’s weak header from the centre of the box was saved by Halldorsson.

Iceland almost added to their lead in the 83d minute, when captain Aron Gunnarsson rushed in from the middle and had only Wilshere to beat. Gunnarsson attempted a weak dribble and managed to open space but his right footed shot from the right side of the box was saved by Hart.

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England suffered their worst Defeat in history and failed to qualify for the quarter-finals as Roy Hodgson’s side were unable to create any good chances in the second half, managing only two shots in 45 minutes.

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Iceland will face France in the quarterfinals.

Anirban Das
Anirban Das's journey to Delhi via Kolkata involves football, music, curiosity (which one day can kill the cat) and food. Following global football opens up an infinite space within him in both the conscious and subconscious self, away from the din and bustle of the madding crowd. Supports Manchester United & Barcelona

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