France Defeat Iceland, Qualify For Euro 2016 Semi-finals


Iceland’s fairytale came to an end on Sunday night as France  defeat them to qualify for the semi-finals at the ongoing Euro 2016.

France qualified for the semifinals of the European Championship after beating Iceland 5-2 at the Stade de France in Paris.

Olivier Giroud scored twice for the host country, opening the scoring in the 12th minute and netted the fifth in the 59th minute of the game.

France Beat Iceland 5-2, Qualify For Euro 2016 Semi-finals

At halftime, France was leading 4-0, with goals from Paul Pogba, Dimitri Payet and Antoine Griezmann.

France cruised confidently into the semi-final against Germany with a blistering first-half performance.

France will play championship favourites, Germany on Thursday in Marseille.

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The second half saw both Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and Birkir Saevarsson score for Iceland, ensuring their exit from the tournament not too embarrassing after a good showing.

France finally got rid of their slow starters reputation in the competition by putting in four goals in the first 45 minutes.

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By eliminating Iceland from Euro 2016 in emphatic fashion in Paris, France cut short Cinderella’s party.

This leaves the stage clear for them to reclaim the hearts of the nation at a time when the country needs a happy ending more than ever before.

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Soccer pundits believe it will not be easy for Didier Deschamps’ team. Iceland may have been brushed aside in a fashion that England could not manage in Nice, but Germany lie in wait in Thursday’s semi-final in Marseille.

The French have not tasted victory over their neighbours in a competitive fixture since 1958.

Aside from the pressure of expectancy that comes with being the host nation, France must also uphold the traditions of Michel Platini and Zinedine Zidane by winning a major tournament on home soil this summer.

France tends to win whenever the football party comes to their country. They won with Platini leading Michel Hidalgo’s team to glory at Euro 84 before Zidane inspired Les Bleus to the World Cup, under the captaincy of Deschamps, back in 1998.