Tournament Debutants Iceland Come From Behind To Shock England To Reach First Ever Quarter-final As Embarrassing Defeat Marks The End Of Hodgson’s England Tenure

UEFA Euro 2016

Round of 16

June 27th

Allianz Riviera, Nice, France

england 1-2 iceland

4′ Rooney (P)

6′ R. Sigurdsson

18′ Sigthórsson

Tournament debutants Iceland produced one of the biggest shocks in European Championship tournament history after coming from behind to defeat England 2-1 at the Allianz Riviera in Nice to progress into their first ever Quarter-final. The defeat marked the end of England manager Roy Hodgson’s tenure as the former Fulham and Liverpool manager resigned following the defeat.

An early penalty, four minutes into the game by Wayne Rooney gave England a brief lead before Ragnar Sigurdsson levelled the scores 34 seconds after the restart. That was before Kolbeinn Sigthórsson gave Iceland a surprise winner minutes later, as the tournament debutants held on to book a place in the European Championship last-eight.

England started well and were given a great chance in the third minute from the penalty-spot after Raheem Sterling was bundled over by Hannes Halldórsson after the Manchester City winger got to the ball ahead of the Iceland keeper. Rooney stepped up to fire the spot-kick home despite Halldórsson guessing right.

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However 34 seconds after kick-off, Iceland got a surprise leveller. A long-throw from Aron Gunnarsson was flicked-on by Kári Árnason towards R. Sigurdsson who volleyed home.

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Eight minutes later, England went close to taking the lead. An England corner caused havoc for Iceland who eventually cleared the ball to Dele Alli who fired inches over the bar on the volley. Two minutes later, England went close again when Harry Kane surged forward before firing an effort just over the bar.

Two minutes later, matters got worse for England as Iceland took a surprise lead. Gylfi Sigurdsson found Jón Dadi Bödvarsson who teed up Sigthórsson who received the ball on the edge of the area and fired an effort that squirmed past Joe Hart, who really should have done better given he got something on the ball.

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In the 27th minute, England went close to levelling the scores when Daniel Sturridge found Harry Kane with a nice pull-back and the Tottenham striker fired the ball on the volley, but it was straight at Halldórsson who was forced to tip the ball over the bar.

Five minutes later, Iceland went close when a speculative effort from-range by Ari Skúlason drifted just wide, although Hart had it covered.

After the break, Iceland went close to adding a third when an Iceland corner wasn’t cleared and the ball fell to R. Sigurdsson whose acrobatic volley was straight at Hart who was forced to palm the ball away.

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Joe Hart does well to palm away a Ragnar Sigurdsson volley. Image from: EPA

In the 72nd minute, Iceland went close when Birkir Már Sævarsson cut inside to fire an effort just over the bar.

Six minutes later, England had a good chance when substitute Jack Wilshere picked out Kane with a nice lofted pass but Kane’s header was comfortable for Halldórsson.

Five minutes later, Iceland went close to extending their lead when Aron Gunnarsson was played through on goal however, he had Wilshere in company but he did well to keep the ball before firing an effort that Hart had to palm away at his near-post.

England went close right at the end in the second minute of additional time when a Daniel Sturridge cross was met by substitute Jamie Vardy who headed wide via a deflection. They had one last chance from the resulting corner and Hart came up for it too, but the ball evaded him before Smalling headed wide.

That was the last action of the match as tournament debutants Iceland produced one the biggest shocks in tournament to knock England out of the competition and progress into the Quarter-finals.

The result meant that England bow out whilst Iceland progress into their first ever Quarter-final where they face France. The defeat also marked the end of England manager Roy Hodgson’s career in charge of the English National Team.

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