Euro 2016: France vs Iceland… Live!
Good evening everybody, and welcome to the last of the four quarter-finals at Euro 2016, between France and Iceland. We may learn something about the nature of fairy tales this evening. Iceland have already knocked Russia and England out of this year’s competition, but tonight they face their biggest test yet, a match against the hosts of the competition – and one of the strongest in the world at the moment – France at the Stade de France, just to the north of Paris.
Iceland have got this far sticking relentlessly to a game plan that has served the team well, so far. In their second round match against England, they overcame going a goal down early on and bounced back with two goals in fourteen first half minutes to snatch the lead. They’ll need all their reserves of energy this evening, though. France had a patchy start against Romania, but they won their group comfortably and, although they had to work hard for it, were eventually comfortably in beating Ireland in their second round match. The winners of the match will play Germany in the semi-finals for a place in the final against Portugal or Wales. So first of all, here are this evening’s teams – we’ll be back shortly before kick-off to take you through the match.
France: Lloris; Sagna, Koscielny, Umtiti, Evra; Pogba, Matuidi; Sissoko, Griezmann, Payet; Giroud.
Iceland: Halldorsson; Saevarsson, Amason, R Sigurdsson, Skulason; Gudmundsson, Gunnarsson, G Sigurdsson, B Bjarnason; Sigthorsson, Bodvarsson.
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