France Humble Iceland 5 – 2 In Euro 2016 Quarter Final

Euro-2016-FranceThe host nation of the on-going Euro 2016, France, have humiliated Iceland 5 – 2 to qualify for the semis.

The French demonstrated their superiority, as they shocked the Irish on Sunday night.

Goals from Olivier Giroud, Paul Pogba, Dimitri Payet and Antoine Griezmann set France ahead of Iceland, as they dominated the first half.

Arsenal striker, Giroud netted another fantastic goal in between Iceland’s Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and Birkir Bjarnason goals.

France would contest for the final match’s ticket with Germany who earlier beat Italy 6 – 5 on penalties.

Euro 2016: Iceland Knocks England Out of Championship

Iceland, England, Euro 2016Iceland has defeated England and booked for themselves a quarter-final date with hosts France at Euro 2016.

The Three Lions had taken the lead in the 4th minute through a Wayne Rooney penalty after Raheem Sterling was fouled in the area.

However, Iceland responded within two minutes through Ragnar Sigurdsson before going in front courtesy of a goal from Kolbeinn Sigthorsson in the 19th minute.

England seemed to have run out of ideas from the beginning of the second half as they failed to create clear chances, despite chasing the game.

Iceland instead had the better chances in what has been described as a brave performance.

England needed a spark of magic to rescue the game and Marcus Rashford was brought in for captain Wayne Rooney.

The Manchester United teenager quickly made an impact with dashing runs at the Iceland attack but his efforts did not amount to much.

Loud boos rang around the ground as the English players continued to struggle with lethargic display in the dying minutes.

Ragnar Sigurdsson picked up the man of the match award thanks to his decisive goal and tremendous all-round display. He made ten clearances, five interceptions, one tackle as a last defender and won four aerial duels.

Roy Hogson Quits

Immediately after the match, England coach, Roy Hodgson, announced his resignation from his role as England head coach.

“I am extremely disappointed about tonight’s result and ultimately our exit from the competition. We haven’t progressed as far as I’d thought we were capable of and ultimately it is not acceptable.

“I am proud of the work my coaching staff and I have achieved during our time at the helm of England, the transition from a squad whose average age was 30 to now being the youngest in the tournament is remarkable and exciting for the future of English football.

“I’d have loved to stay on for another two years. However, I am pragmatic and know we are in the results business. My contract was always up after the Euros so now is the time for someone else to oversee the progress of this young, hungry and extremely talented group.

“They have been fantastic and have done everything that has been asked of them. When I arrived, I was told players didn’t turn up to play for their country or pulled out at the last minute but I’ve not seen any of that.

“These players love to play for their country and their commitment has been unquestioned.”