Iceland, Qualified For Quarter-Finals At UEFA Euro 2016
The national football team of Iceland progressed to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Euro 2016 championship after defeating England 2-1 during a magical night. It was a hectic start for the match that was played on the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice, France as part of the Round of 16.
England captain Wayne Rooney scored the first and only goal for the English national football team from a penalty kick in the 4th minute. However, England was quickly stunned by Ragnar Sigurðsson’s equaliser which came 2 minutes later. The score of the first half of the match was sealed by Kolbeinn Sigþórsson’s goal in the 19th minute, seeing Iceland lead England for the remainder of the match.
The result was a spectacular one for the Icelandic national football team. After drawing with Portugal (1-1) and Hungary (1-1), and eventually winning in the last minutes of the game over Austria (2-1) during the group stage in Group F, Iceland progressed to the Round of 16 to face England.
They were given few chances of going past the group stage and few actually thought that Iceland was able not only to finish the group on the second place with 5 points, but also to eliminate one of the pre-tournament favourites of many supporters around the world.
Throughout all the 90 minutes of the match the Icelandic fans chanted and supported their team with pride and joy. In the meantime, Iceland’s capital city Reykjavík (home to approximately 60% of the country’s population in the enlarged Capital Region) celebrated the astonishing victory over England. The Icelandic national football team will continue its Euro 2016 saga facing France in the quarter-final on July 3 in Paris.
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