Rewind, Euro 2016: Iceland come from behind to stun England and reach quarter-finals

Iceland achieved one of the greatest results in their history on this day (27 June), coming back strongly to beat England in Nice and reach the quarter-finals of Euro 2016. The team lost early after a penalty by Wayne Rooney. A spot-kick awarded for a foul by Iceland keeper Hannes Halldorsson on Raheem Sterling, who was returning to action, was what Roy Hodgson’s men craved. The fourth-minute goal was quickly pushing Iceland out of their comfort zone. However, they made a fine comeback after goals from centre-backs Ragnar Sigurdsson and Kolbyn Sigthorsson. Sigurdsson scored only his second goal in 60 international appearances, but it came when it was most needed.

The goal itself was a highlight, with Aaron Gunnarsson throwing the ball in, before Kari Arnsson took Rooney out and directed the ball past the defender. Sigurdsson managed to clear the ball from Joe Hart with a beautiful effort, giving the Icelanders some much needed relief. Relief soon turned to exuberant joy as Gylfi Sigurdsson directed the ball towards Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, who soon passed to Sigthorsson. Nantes forward attempted to break the ball from the edge of the box. While the shot was not the most vicious, it still managed to make its way into the goal under Hart’s outstretched left glove.

England falls when pushed hard

England attempted to hit back, with one of the weapons used being shooting from long range. However, the presence of a number of strong players in the blue jersey who continued to elude him proved to be crucial. Even the arrival of Jamie Vardy in the 60th minute did not make any difference. Gunnarsson almost extended Iceland’s lead after a late counter-attack, but was denied by Hart. Iceland maintained their resolve and determination till the very end, registering an extraordinary victory. The team continued to defy the odds, demonstrating a giant mentality along the way. Their start was the worst one could imagine, but their response shows the mental strength of the team. The fairy tale continued while sending a good message to the underdogs of world football.

England, on the other hand, got an early goal which the public believed would open the floodgates. However, what happened next will surely be an unpleasant memory for years to come. There was lack of pace, lack of composure, lack of belief in his performance. Too many players indulged in the luxury of taking too many touches as the game slipped away. There was even more irony about England being left in a state of chaos for a long period of time considering the tactics were used at all levels of the nation’s football. He had enjoyed early warning with Bodverson breaking the impasse against Austria in the same manner. Two of the three players involved: Arnsson and Gunnarsson, have enjoyed quality experience in the English league, making it even more spectacular.

“we didn’t perform”

England players Joe Hart and Wayne Rooney expressed their disappointment after the match.

“It’s down to us as a group. All the plans are in place, we knew everything about Iceland – but ultimately we didn’t perform. Personally I didn’t perform. It’s not a question of wanting it, it’s There is nothing we want more – those are just words though. We were in a good place but we didn’t do it. We will get a lot of criticism and we deserve it. We will learn from it and try and take English football back to where it is Will bring it back where it belongs. We’ve had it at the bottom. We couldn’t find a way back into the game. The next manager has a tough job on his hands. We tried hard but didn’t get the breakthrough. That’s how this team is remembered Will be done,” said Hart, quoted by the BBC.

“It’s a sad day for us. Sometimes the best team doesn’t always win. Once they went ahead we knew it would be difficult to get the goals back because they are well organised. Going into the last 16 we believed we could win the game. It’s disappointing but we have to move on. It’s tough. There are always ups and downs in football – that’s not strategy, that’s unfortunate. We know We are a good team. I can’t stand here and say exactly why it happened. Roy Hodgson will look back and think what he could have done differently. I’m still available to play. Interesting to see Who would come,” Rooney said.


England: Hart; Rose, Smalling, Cahill, Walker; Rooney (c) (Rashford 87), Dyer (Wilsair 46), Alli; Sterling (Verdy 60), Kane, Lallana. Subs: Forster, Heaton, Milner, Clyne, Henderson, Stones, Barclay, Bertrand (Sturridge 46). Coach: Roy Hodgson.

Iceland: Halldorsson; Skulsson, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Arnsson, Svarsson; Birkir Bjarsson, Gunnarsson (C), Gylfi Sigurdsson, Gudmundsson; Bodvarsson (Troustasson 89), Sigthorsson (Elmar Bjarnasson 77). Substitutes: Kristinsson, Johnson, Hawksson, Hermansson, Ingasson, Finnbogsson, Sigurdsson, Magnusson, Hallfredsson, Gudjonsson. Coach: Lars Lagerbach.

Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)

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