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France thump Iceland 5-2 in Euro 2016 quarters at a rainy Stade de France: As it happened

France finally got rid of their slow starters reputation by putting in four goals in the first 45 before winning 5-2 vs Iceland in the quarters.

By: Express Web Desk |
Updated: July 22, 2016 11:51:29 am
France beat Iceland 5-2 in the quarters. (Source: Reuters)

Iceland’s remarkable run at Euro 2016 came to an end after France beat them 5-2 at a rainy Stade de France. Brace from Olivier Giroud and goals from Paul Pogba, Dimitri Payet and Antoine Griezmann gave France the advantage. Iceland did score twice in the second half through Sigthórsson and B. Bjarnason to justify their fighting ability. France now take on Germany in the semis.

France vs Iceland, AS IT HAPPENED:

FULL TIME: France are through to the semi-finals with a thumping 5-2 victory over the fairytale story of Iceland.

90′ Two minutes added on.

90′ Iceland raking in plenty of love!

88′ Germany and their players must be practicing their aerial deliveries and headers, right?

86′ Ingason header goes just wide. Iceland have been bossing the aerial deliveries.

85′ SHOT! Sissoko with a horrid shot from inside the box. Could have been 6-2!

84′ GOAL! B. Bjarnason makes it 2-5 for Iceland! A. Skúlason with a cross from the left and Bjarnason heads it in at the far post.

83′ Gudjohnsen (in) – Sigthórsson (out) (Iceland).

80′ Final France change: Payet goes off for Coman.

79′ No backing down for Iceland. No buckling down.

75′ Booking on debut for Umtiti.

73′ Toughie!

71′ Second France change: Koscielny goes off for Mangala

66′ So as Giroud parts, he’s scored 10 goals in last 9 starts for France. And Arsene Wenger is watching. Can he take some of these goals to the Emirates?

64′ Things that matter? Maybe?

63′ CLOSE! Ingason heads in at the near post from a Gudmundsson corner. Goes ahead of Koscielny and once again a chance at near post which is saved acrobatically by Lloris

61′ Final act for Giroud. He’s been subbed off for Gignac.

59′ GOAL! Giroud adds to France’s lead to make it 5-1! Ball from Payet and Giroud leaps between defender and goalkeeper to head it in.

58′ B. Bjarnason (Iceland) is shown a yellow card.

56′ GOAL! Iceland pull one back to make it 4-1! Sigthórsson converts at near post. Lovely cross by G. Sigurdsson from the right and Sigthórsson is on hand to convert at near post

46′ Second half underway. Can Iceland stage a comeback? Two changes for Iceland then:

Finnbogason (in) – Bödvarsson (out) and Ingason (in) – Árnason (out)

HALF TIME: And that’s half time. France lead 4-0 at half time and Iceland look terribly jaded. Ice is melting?

45′ GOAL! Griezmann makes it 4-0 to France! 100th goal at this tournament. Griezmann runs through on goal and chips Halldórsson. France are breathing fire! Griezmann is now the leading goal scorer at Euro 2016 with four goals.

43′ GOAL! Payet makes it 3-0 for France at the stroke of half time! Payet drags the ball back on his left foot to create space and shoots from outside the box into the corner of the goal. Payet joins Griezmann, Morata and Bale as leading goal scorers. 

39′ Payet goes down the touchline and chips it for Matuidi to shoot from the edge of the box but the PSG player takes it from his weaker right foot and it goes wide of the target

35′ Looks bleak at the moment for Iceland but still an hour to play

28′ Iceland losing the ball rather quickly each time they get it back in their half. Credit to the French players for keeping the pressure on.

25′ CLOSE! Iceland go very close with that long ball once again. Long ball, flicked on and Bödvarsson is very close to reducing the gap.

24′ A stat from UEFA that won’t please the Icelandic fans

France have scored the first goal in 17 of their 36 EURO finals matches. In those 17 matches, they have won 14, drawn two and lost just one – a meaningless group stage match against the Netherlands at UEFA EURO 2000.

20′ GOAL! Pogba doubles France’s advantage! Griezmann with a corner from the right and Pogba leaps over Bödvarsson to bullet a header into the corner. The Juventus players’ (for now…) first goal this tournament.

17′ Giroud has scored 9 goals in his last 9 starts for France. The latest one has some in Iceland rather displeased

12′ GOAL!! Giroud gives France the lead! Their first goal in the first half this tournament. Matuidi with a long ball for Giroud who calmly scores between Halldorsson’s legs. 1-0!

6′ Payet has a shot from outside the box and it is parried momentarily by Halldorsson. But takes it eventually

4′ It is is a rainy night in Paris. But that has not deterred the fans from coming out in good number

3′ Positive start from Iceland as Sigurdsson twists and turns inside the box and fires low towards goal. Lloris gathers comfortably

1′ And we’re off! France get the game rolling. They’re yet to score in the first half this tournament. Will that change tonight? Let’s find out in the next 45.

# The teams are out! National anthems being sung.

# Iceland have provided plenty this Euro 2016. One amongst them is this viking chant!

# Making history with every step of the way

# Or WAGs as they are otherwise called.

# Earlier, there was a controlled explosion to open a locked car door at 5.30 PM local time. Nothing suspicious was found. Phew!

# And inside the stadium

# Scenes outside the stadium…

# LINEUPS:

France:  Lloris – Sagna, Koscielny, Umtiti, Evra – Sissoko, Pogba, Matuidi, Payet – Griezmann, Giroud

Iceland: Halldorsson; B Saevarsson, Arnason, R Sigurdsson, A Skulason; Gudmundsson, A Gunnarsson, G Sigurdsson, B Bjarnason; Sigthorsson, Bodvarsson

BUILD UP:

Hosts France wary of Iceland pitfall

France play Iceland on Sunday in Euro 2016 quarters. (Source: AP)

France are vying for a record-equalling third European Championship title and go into their quarter-final as overwhelming favourites.

# Minnows follow age-old formula for causing upsets

Iceland will face France in Euro 2016 quarterfinal match in Paris on Sunday. (Source: AP)

England’s defeat to Iceland this week, is an example of how a team which lacks star players can still thrive on the big stage.

# Patrice Evra urges France teammates to ‘wake up’ before Iceland game

Patrice Evra stands to win his 78th international cap against Iceland. (Source: AP)

Iceland are the surprise packages this Euro 2016 and that claim strengthened after a 2-1 win over England in the last-16 stage.

 

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