28 June 2016
As the name of their country implies, Iceland national team made ice rain on England in their round of 16 clash on Monday and froze ‘The Three Lions’ out of the Euro 2016 championship.
Iceland, a country of 330,000 people went into the clash as the obvious underdogs with many expecting England, a much larger country with an illustrious football history, to ease past them.
This expectation can be proven by the surprise many expressed when England captain, Wayne Rooney disclosed that the team was taking penalties practice in training ahead of the Monday clash.
With this humiliating loss, it is apparent that Roy Hodgon’s men would have done themselves a lot of good if only they had focused their training on finishing off the game in duration time rather than practice for a play many consider ‘the game of luck’.
Hours after the humiliating loss, Hodgson announced his resignation as England manager.
England took an early lead two minutes into the match that was played at Nice when Rooney scored a penalty after Sterling was brought down by Iceland goalkeeper.
Their lead was short-lived as Ragnar Sigurdsson brought Iceland level from close range after a brilliant set piece into the 18 yard box.
Kolbeinn Sigthorsson extended Iceland’s lead in the 18th minute at the Allianz Riviera stadium and England couldn’t just muster a response to that.
The match ended 2 – 1 in favour of Iceland who will now face France, the host, in the quarter finals, on Sunday evening at Saint-Denis.
Other quarter finals fixtures:
Poland v Portugal – Thursday 30 June, 8:00 p.m. (Marseille)
Wales v Belgium – Friday 1 July, 8:00 p.m. (Lille)
Germany v Italy – Saturday 2 July, 8:00 p.m. (Bordeaux)