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Euro 2016: Iceland stun poor England 2-1, France up next

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Iceland celebrated the greatest day in their footballing history as goals from Ragnar Sigurdsson and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson helped them come from behind to beat England 2-1 to advance to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016. Sadly for England they looked very under-prepared for the match, without any real gameplan to tackle the minnows, and appeared to believe that just turning up would be enough to guarantee them a win.

England made the perfect start to the game as Raheem Sterling won his side an early penalty as he attempted to take the ball past Hannes Thor Halldorsson in the Iceland goal but was felled by the keeper as he came out to try and smother the ball. Wayne Rooney stepped up to take the penalty and tucked it away with ease to put England in front in just the 4th minute.

England were only ahead for a couple of minutes though as Ragnar Sigurdsson restored parity in the tie making the most of a defensive error from Kyle Walker, whose inability to deal with a long throw from Aron Gunnarsson allowed the lesser known Sigurdsson to tap into an empty net.

England had a sniff of a chance to restore their advantage but Dele Alli's sweet hit from the edge of the box narrowly sneaked over the bar.

That proved to be a false dawn as Iceland went up the other end and took the lead through Kolbeinn Sigthorsson, whose tame shot somehow snuck in under the left hand of Joe Hart, who really should not have been beaten by that effort.

The remaining 72 minutes that followed was all about England trying to stitch together some semblance of a goal scoring opportunity and Iceland getting men behind the ball and closing down space to deny them a decent strike on goal.

England didn't do themselves any favours by struggling to show any creativity or composure in the final third, in fact their skipper Wayne Rooney was perhaps the most guilty of giving the ball away repeatedly.

The Three Lions appeared to lack any real method to their approach play, looking to get Rooney on the ball at every opportunity and not really using the width on offer or try to put any balls into the box in a hurry.

The only time they appeared to really threaten was when Marcus Rashford was thrown on for Rooney for the last five minutes and tried to run at the defence.

England's best chance came in injury time when Daniel Sturridge produced the first cross of note in the game, but Harry Kane's attempted header was blocked behind for a corner. A last chance came the way of Dele Alli, but England were unable to make anything of it, leaving an ecstatic Iceland side celebrating a memorable win.

Iceland will next face France in the Quarter-finals later this week.


England: Hart, Walker, Cahill, Smalling, Rose, Alli, Dier (Wilshere 46'), Rooney (Rashford 86'), Sturridge, Kane, Sterling (Vardy 60').

Subs: Forster, Milner, Lallana, Vardy, Clyne, Henderson, Stones, Wilshere, Barkley, Bertrand, Rashford, Heaton.

Iceland: Halldorsson, Saevarsson, Arnason, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Skulason, Gudmundsson, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Gunnarsson, Birkir Bjarnason, Sigthorsson, Bodvarsson (Bjarnason 77').

Subs: Kristinsson, Hauksson, Hermannsson, Ingason, Finnbogason, Sigurjonsson, Theodor Elmar Bjarnason, Magnusson, Hallfredsson, Traustason, Gudjohnsen, Jonsson.

Final Score: England 1-2 Iceland (Rooney 4' pen, Sigurdsson 6', Sigthorsson 18')