Tuesday, July 5, 2016

On Sunday, in the quarter-final match of UEFA Euro 2016, hosts France defeated Iceland 5–2. Antoine Griezmann scored his fourth goal of the tournament and France is to face Germany in the semi-final.

France had greater ball possession and passing accuracy. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud scored the first goal of the match in the 12th minute from Blaise Matuidi’s pass. Within ten minutes, midfielder Paul Pogba doubled their lead, scoring a header from Griezmann’s cross. A couple of minutes before half-time, Dimitri Payet scored the third goal. Before the referee brought the first half to an end, Griezmann chipped the ball over the keeper, netting the fourth goal of the match, and his fourth of the tournament. The first half ended 4–0.

In the second half, Kolbeinn Sigþórsson scored a goal for Iceland. But, Giroud restored the four-goal lead three minutes later, scoring a header from Payet’s assist. Birkir Bjarnason scored a consolation goal from header for Iceland in the 84th minute. The match ended 5–2 and Giroud was awarded the Man of The Match award.

After the match, Iceland forward Alfreð Finnbogason said, “A bitter end to a fantastic tournament for us but of course the game was lost in the first half. […] We really put Iceland on the footballing map. We have been getting messages from all over the world about how people are proud of us and that they really love the fighting spirit that we showed. So we can really go happy and proud from this tournament.”

Giroud and Payet have each scored three goals in the tournament and they are behind Griezmann for the Golden Boot trophy.

21:00 July 3, 2016 (UTC+2)
France 5–2 Iceland Stade de France, Saint-DenisReferee: Björn Kuipers, Netherlands
Olivier Giroud 12′, 59’Paul Pogba 19′ or 20’Dimitri Payet 43’Antoine Griezmann 45’Samuel Umtiti 75′ 4–0 (HT) Kolbeinn Sigþórsson 56’Birkir Bjarnason 84′ 58′