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Published: Tuesday 28 June 2016, 21.00CET
Hosts France have never lost to Iceland in the countries' 11 previous meetings, but will know only too well the high cost of underestimating UEFA EURO 2016's surprise package.
France v Iceland background
Adil Rami (top) is congratulated by Philippe Mexès after scoring France's winner against Iceland in a 2012 friendly ©Getty Images

Tournament statistics


Goals scored13
Possession (%)52
Total attempts121
on target43
off target42
against woodwork6
Yellow cards13
Red Cards0
Fouls committed73
Fouls suffered70

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Published: Tuesday 28 June 2016, 21.00CET

France v Iceland background

Hosts France have never lost to Iceland in the countries' 11 previous meetings, but will know only too well the high cost of underestimating UEFA EURO 2016's surprise package.

France continue their quest to win the UEFA European Championship on home soil for the second time against UEFA EURO 2016's surprise package Iceland.

While the hosts are in the quarter-finals for the fifth time in the last six editions of the competition, Iceland had never previously qualified – yet are unbeaten in their four matches at the tournament.

Previous meetings
• France are unbeaten in the side's 11 previous contests, recording eight wins and three draws – with 30 goals scored and eight conceded.

• The most recent meeting was a friendly in Valenciennes on 27 May 2012, when Iceland took a 2-0 half-time lead thanks to goals from Birkir Bjarnason (27) and Kolbeinn Sigthórsson (34). However, Laurent Blanc's France mounted a sterling comeback and snatched a late victory with second-half strikes from Mathieu Debuchy (52), Franck Ribéry (84) and Adil Rami (87).

• The sides at the Stade du Hainaut were:
France: Mandanda, Debuchy, Rami, Mexès, Evra, Cabaye (A Diarra 58), Gourcuff (Valbuena 75), Nasri (Malouda 60), Ben Arfa (Giroud 58), Ménez (Ribéry 75), Benzema (Martin 60).
Iceland: Halldórsson, Jónasson, Jónsson (Daníelsson 66), Valgardsson (Skúlason 58), R Sigurdsson, Bjarnason, Gunnarsson, Árnason, G Sigurdsson, Gíslason (Gudmundsson (76), Sigthórsson (Hédinsson 46).

• France also booked their place at UEFA EURO 2000 with a 3-2 win against Iceland at the Stade de France in October 1999. Substitute David Trezeguet hit the all-important winner for the eventual European champions shortly after coming on.

• Iceland have lost all six of their away games in France, scoring five goals and conceding 22.

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EURO facts: France
• Group A winners France are unbeaten in eight games (W7 D1), their 0-0 draw against Switzerland in the group stage having ended a six-match winning streak dating back to a 2-0 friendly loss to England on 17 November 2015.

• This will be France's 80th game at the Stade de France; the previous 79 ended W49 D20 L10. Their record in major final tournament games at the venue is W4 D1, that lone draw a 0-0 against Italy at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, a tie Les Bleus won on penalties.

• The last-16 win against the Republic of Ireland at Stade de Lyon was France's first EURO knockout success since lifting the trophy in 2000. Les Bleus lost to the eventual winners in the quarter-finals in both 2004 (Greece) and 2012 (Spain).

• France (1984) are one of three nations to have won a EURO as hosts, along with Spain (1964) and Italy (1968).

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EURO facts: Iceland
• This is Iceland's first time at a major championship. They are one of two countries to have made their major finals debut at UEFA EURO 2016, along with Albania.

• Iceland are unbeaten in their four games at UEFA EURO 2016 (W2 D2), one of five teams to have reached the last eight without losing.

• With a population of 330,000, Iceland is the smallest nation to have appeared at any big final tournament.

• Icelandic clubs have played five matches in France in UEFA competition, losing all five by an aggregate score of 17-2.

• Before the tournament, Iceland's only appearance at the Stade de France came in their 3-2 defeat during UEFA EURO 2000 qualifying. However, they they beat Austria 2-1 there on matchday threee to book their round of 16 place.

Coach and player links
• Gylfi Sigurdsson was a team-mate of Hugo Lloris at Tottenham Hotspur FC between 2012 and 2014.

• Kolbeinn Sigthórsson has been at FC Nantes since the summer of 2015.

• Eidur Gudjohnsen had a spell at AS Monaco FC in 2009/10.

Penalty shoot-outs
• France's record in six competitive penalty shoot-outs is W3 L3:
4-5 v West Germany, 1982 FIFA World Cup semi-finals
4-3 v Brazil, 1986 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals
5-4 v Netherlands, EURO '96 quarter-finals
5-6 v Czech Republic, EURO '96 semi-finals
4-3 v Italy, 1998 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals
3-5 v Italy, 2006 FIFA World Cup final

• Iceland have never been involved in a penalty shoot-out.

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