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EURO 2016 - France v Iceland - MATCH REVIEW

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Euro 2016

France sent a strong warning to Germany when they stormed their way to the semi-finals after thrashing giant killers Iceland 5-2 in a brilliant display of football on Sunday.

A rain drenched Stade de France was expecting a strong test from Iceland for the hosts but were pleasantly surprised when their much-maligned striker Olivier Giroud put them ahead after just 12 minutes. Paul Pogba doubled the lead soon and goals from Dimitri Payet and Antoine Griezmann rounded off the first half. Iceland came out fighting in the second half with goals from Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and Birkir Bjarnason as well as coming close on a number of occasions. But France were in complete command and Giroud picked up his second in the closing stages to complete the rout.

The result puts France against Germany in the second semi-final.



France v Iceland - Player of the game

Giroud never gets his due as a striker irrespective of his consistent work load for his compatriots. Against Iceland though, he decided to lead the show and a return of two goals and an assist rounded off a wonderful night for the Arsenal forward. On a night when there were impressive performances from Pogba and Griezmann, Giroud shone at his brightest. The whole of France will hope that he does an encore against Germany!

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1 Lloris (G)(C)

3 Evra

7 Griezmann Goal45'

8 Payet Goal43' Substitution80'

9 Giroud Goal12',59' Substitution60'

14 Matuidi

15 Pogba Goal20'

18 Sissoko

19 Sagna

21 Koscielny Substitution72'

22 Umtiti Yellow Card75'


10 Gignac Substitution60'

13 Mangala Substitution72'

20 Coman Substitution80'

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France statistics

Ball possession 59%
Passing accuracy
Dangerous attacks
Total attempts
1 0

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Live statistics
Ball possession 41%
Passing accuracy
Dangerous attacks
Total attempts

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