The smallest country of Iceland has graced the quarter final occasion against France in the Semi Finals of Euro 2016 where it was expected to create even a bigger shock by defeating France. However, the match between the two sides did not witness a happy ending for the biggest Icelandic football as the French Men dogged them to a point where they have won an entertaining quarter final by 5-2. As a result, now France would have to face the defending world champions Germany on Thursday for the Semi Finals. It is believed by masses as a mouth-watering semi final match between France and Germany.
France Thump Iceland and Reaches Semi Finals
As the quarter final match between Iceland and France begins, Olivier Giroud just after the passage of 12 minutes scored the first goal to blast his side to the lead. So the French side errupted into a celebration. After seven minutes later to the first goal, Pogba scored a stunning goal which doubled the lead for France. Griezmann took the corner kick and Pogba leap above the Icelandic defence to blast the ball into the back of net on a header. The flying man was able to produce a best impression of Michael Jordan. Thus, at the initial stage France took the lead by 2-0. As the France continues to dominate their possession, the French side was rewardeed again when Dimitri Payet scored against Iceland which was his third goal of the tournament. With a slick pass from ‘Les Blues’ the ball eventually makes its way to Payet. Therefore, the French man unleased the ball with his left foot into the far corner. However, the goalscoring of French men continues but with the inspired effort of Griezmann who scored the fourth goal for the French side and put them in cruise control. The pass of Laurent Koscielny drifted into the way Griezmann and he did not disappoint. The French man boosted the score to 4-0 before they walk back down to the rest area for a 15 minutes break. With his four goals, Griezmann currently leads the race for the golden boot award of Euro 2016.
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The Icelandic side responded to the situation in the best possible way just after the 10 minutes of restart. The fine whipping pass by Gylfi Sigurdsson facilitates Sigthorsson to score the first goal in the quarter finals. However, the hope of a dramatic Iceland’s comeback was doomed when Giroud headed the ball after the excellent free-kick of Payet to again secure the four goals lead against Iceland. This goal was scored after three minutes later of the First Icelandic goal in the match. Therefore, the all over score now stands at 5-1.
Birkir Bjarnson scored the second goal for Iceland through his superb header on the 84th minute of the match but it was too late for them to win the game. Later, there were no goal scoring from both the sides so the match ended with a final score of 5-2. The remarkable win of French ended Iceland’s fairytale in the tournament and now France is suppose to encounter the German champions in the Semi Finals of Euro 2016. Nonetheless, Iceland will get back to their country after having played their first major tournament final against France.
Now, France is just two wins away to become crown champions of Euro 2016. However, this is the third major tournament held on the soil France following the Euro 84 and 1998 World Cup. The other semi-finals of the tournament is held between Whales and Portugal whose winner will face the winner of Germany Vs France in the Final match of the Euro 2016.