- Finally...France -
uefa euro 2016 - quarter-finals
|France||5 - 2||Iceland|
|Giroud 13', 59'
France finally looked like the favorites of the tournament after an emphatic 5-2 win over Iceland in the quarter-finals. France dominated the game and took a 4-0 lead by halftime! This is the first convincing performance from the hosts and they will now face Germany in the semi-finals. Iceland’s magical run comes to a close.
After a surprising victory over England, Iceland hoped to pull off another upset at Euro 2016. However, France had other thoughts and in the 13th minute Giroud gave France the lead. Pogba then followed with a powerful header to double France's lead. With the two goal advantage within 20 minutes, France stunned the Icelandic players. Iceland seemed tired and could not keep with the pace of the game. They failed to provide a response and France put the game away with two goals in the final minutes of the half. The hosts became the first team to score 4 goals in the first half at the European championships.
Iceland looked much better in the second half, and scored a consolation goal in the 56tg minute. But France quickly responded, when Giroud's header from Payet's cross found the back of the net. The second half was more of an even battle as both teams created chances to score. With the match settles, Iceland scored one final goal in the 83rd minute, ending their Euro 2016 campaign on a high note.
France finally put on a convincing performance, as favorites, at Euro 2016. They will now face the world champions, Germany, in the semifinals next Thursday. Iceland will be welcomed back home as heroes, for their magical run at Euro 2016. They finished 2nd in Group F in front of Portugal (tied them in group play) and knocked out the English in the round of 16.