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Iceland into quarter-finals after stunning England

Published: Monday 27 June 2016, 21.56CET
England 1-2 Iceland
All of the scoring occurred inside the opening 18 minutes as Iceland recovered from a goal down to shock England in their first knockout match.
by Wayne Harrison from Stade de Nice

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Match statistics

EnglandIceland

Goals scored1
 
2
Possession (%)63
 
37
Total attempts18
 
8
on target5
 
5
off target10
 
3
blocked3
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners7
 
2
Offsides2
 
1
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed6
 
15
Fouls suffered14
 
6

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Published: Monday 27 June 2016, 21.56CET

Iceland into quarter-finals after stunning England

England 1-2 Iceland
All of the scoring occurred inside the opening 18 minutes as Iceland recovered from a goal down to shock England in their first knockout match.

  • Iceland will play hosts France in the quarter-finals on Sunday after this comeback win
  • Wayne Rooney puts England ahead from the spot after four minutes
  • Rooney scores on the night he joins David Beckham (115) as England's most capped outfield player
  • Ragnar Sigurdsson soon heads Iceland level; Kolbeinn Sigthórsson's low shot proves decisive
  • England suffer their first defeat over 90 or 120 minutes in 26 UEFA EURO fixtures
  • Defeat prompts Roy Hodgson to resign as manager of the Three Lions


Iceland pulled off the greatest result in their history, coming from behind to stun England in Nice and reach the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter-finals. 

Trailing to Wayne Rooney's early penalty, Iceland tipped this round of 16 tie on its head with goals from centre-back Ragnar Sigurdsson – only his second in 60 internationals – and Kolbeinn Sigthórsson. The next chapter in the debutants' fairy-tale run is a date with the hosts.

The spot kick, awarded for keeper Hannes Halldórsson's foul on the recalled Raheem Sterling, was exactly the start Roy Hodgson's men craved. It was a fourth-minute goal to coax Iceland out of their shell. What followed next, though, was as remarkable as it was unexpected from Lars Lagerbäck and Heimir Hallgrímsson's team.

First, Aron Gunnarsson hurled the ball in, Kári Árnason outjumped Rooney and the unmarked Ragnar Sigurdsson planted the ball past Joe Hart. What must have been relief for Iceland soon turned to ecstasy.

Iceland's slow hand-clap celebration

They came again, Gylfi Sigurdsson feeding Jón Dadi Bödvarsson, who in turn found Sigthórsson. The Nantes forward's shot from the edge of the box was not the most vicious, but it squirmed under the outstretched left glove of Hart nonetheless.

England huffed and puffed, often shooting from long range such was the barrier of blue jerseys before them. The 60th-minute introduction of Jamie Vardy had little effect. Indeed, Gunnarsson, denied by Hart, nearly extended Iceland's lead on a late counterattack.

Kári Árnason: ‘We’ve shocked the world’

Man of the match: Ragnar Sigurdsson (Iceland)
Sigurdsson is a name familiar to all England fans. If Swansea City midfielder Gylfi's namesake Ragnar was relatively unknown before this game, he will not be now. The Krasnodar defender scored, almost made it 3-1 with an audacious bicycle kick and produced a perfectly timed tackle to preserve the lead when faced with the onrushing Vardy.

Caught out
There was something ironic about England, the land where the tactic is utilised at all levels, being unhinged by a long throw. It was not as if they had not been forewarned, Bödvarsson having broken the deadlock against Austria via the same method. That two of the three players involved – Árnason and Gunnarsson – have English league experience will only make it more galling.

Iceland ignore the script
A lot of pre-match talk had centred on how an early England goal would make their task easier, that they might then go on to win by two or three against opponents whose only clean sheets in the last 15 games had come against Finland and Liechtenstein. How wrong that was. England's failings in France were apparent again: no shortage of possession but a lack of cutting edge.

No pressure
"Whichever way this goes, these players are winners already," said Iceland joint-coach Heimir Hallgrimsson yesterday. This was a no-lose situation for the Nordic side, who had "already won the hearts and minds of the Icelandic population". Their sensational campaign goes on. Whenever they return home, they will do so as national heroes.


Reporters' views from Stade de Nice
Simon Hart, England (@UEFAcomSimonH)
England got the early goal we all thought would open the floodgates, but what followed will remain an unhappy memory for years to come. There was a lack of pace, a lack of composure, a lack of belief in their display – too many players taking too many touches as the game slipped away. If, as seems likely, this is the end of Hodgson's reign, it was not the way he would have wished to depart.

Johann Sigurdsson, Iceland (@UEFAcomJohannS)
An unbelievable performance from Iceland. They just continue to defy all odds, showing an immense mentality along the way. They had the worst start imaginable, but their reply was immediate. This illustrates so well the mental strength the team have. The fairy tale lives on. Anything is possible. Anything.

Last updated: 01/02/17 13.08CET

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Lineups

England

England

Iceland

Iceland

1
HartJoe Hart (GK)
1
HalldórssonHannes Halldórsson (GK)
2
WalkerKyle Walker
2
B. SævarssonBirkir Sævarsson
3
RoseDanny Rose
6
R. SigurdssonRagnar Sigurdsson
Goal6
5
CahillGary Cahill
7
GudmundssonJohann Gudmundsson
6
SmallingChris Smalling
8
B. BjarnasonBirkir Bjarnason
7
SterlingRaheem Sterling
Substitution60
9
SigthórssonKolbeinn Sigthórsson
Goal18
Substitution76
9
KaneHarry Kane
10
G. SigurdssonGylfi Sigurdsson
Yellow Card38
10
RooneyWayne Rooney (C)
Goal4
Substitution87
14
ÁrnasonKári Árnason
15
SturridgeDaniel Sturridge
Yellow Card47
15
BödvarssonJón Dadi Bödvarsson
Substitution89
17
DierEric Dier
Substitution46
17
A. GunnarssonAron Gunnarsson (C)
Yellow Card65
20
AlliDele Alli
23
A. SkúlasonAri Skúlason

Substitutes

13
ForsterFraser Forster (GK)
12
KristinssonÖgmundur Kristinsson (GK)
23
HeatonTom Heaton (GK)
13
I. JónssonIngvar Jónsson (GK)
4
MilnerJames Milner
3
HaukssonHaukur Heidar Hauksson
8
LallanaAdam Lallana
4
HermannssonHjörtur Hermannsson
11
VardyJamie Vardy
Substitution60
5
IngasonSverrir Ingason
12
ClyneNathaniel Clyne
11
FinnbogasonAlfred Finnbogason
14
HendersonJordan Henderson
16
SigurjónssonRúnar Már Sigurjónsson
16
StonesJohn Stones
18
E. BjarnasonElmar Bjarnason
Substitution76
18
WilshereJack Wilshere
Substitution46
19
H. MagnússonHordur Magnússon
19
BarkleyRoss Barkley
20
HallfredssonEmil Hallfredsson
21
BertrandRyan Bertrand
21
TraustasonArnór Ingvi Traustason
Substitution89
22
RashfordMarcus Rashford
Substitution87
22
GudjohnsenEidur Gudjohnsen

Coach

Roy Hodgson (ENG) Heimir Hallgrímsson (ISL)

Referee

Damir Skomina (SVN)

Assistant referees

Jure Praprotnik (SVN), Robert Vukan (SVN)

Fourth official

Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

Matej Jug (SVN), Slavko Vinčić (SVN)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution