Cheat sheet: France show no mercy as Iceland freeze on their big night


Iceland's dream run at Euro 2016 came to a crushing halt as France cast aside the tournament debutants 5-2 in Paris.

It was a result to make England fans rake over the ashes of *that* defeat last week as France showed the type of ruthless mentality that was sadly lacking from Roy Hodgson's men.

Iceland's Sverrir Ingason, center, tries to score

France had the game wrapped up by half-time, when they led 4-0 thanks to goals from Olivier Giroud, Paul Pogba, Dimitri Payet and Antoine Griezmann.

Iceland did at least win the second half, thanks to goals from Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and Birkir Bjarnason, around Giroud's second goal, but by then the homecoming celebrations in Reykjavik were probably already in full swing.

Iceland's tournament in a tweet

Key moments

France's Olivier Giroud celebrates after scoring

Giroud starts the rot (12 minutes). The Arsenal striker beat the offside trap and ran onto Blaise Matuidi's perfectly weighted through-ball before blasting through the legs of the Iceland goalie.

Payet and Griezmann score just before the break to end the contest. (43 and 45 minutes).
The game was over when Payet and Griezmann scored in the space of a few minutes just before the break. Griezmann's finish was absolute quality as he employed a feather touch to lob the onrushing goalkeeper.

France's Antoine Griezmann, right, celebrates with Dimitri Payet

Sigthorsson pulls one back (54 minutes). Iceland ensured they maintained their record of having scored in every game of the tournament when Sigthorsson prodded home Gylfi Sigurdsson's excellent low cross from close range.

Bjarnason gets Iceland's second (84 minutes). Iceland didn't deserve to leave the tournament with a whimper and Bjarnason made sure there was one last moment for everyone to celebrate a tournament that won't be forgotten in a hurry.

Tweet of the night

Who played well?

Olivier Giroud

Pretty much all of France's attacking options as they hunted down the Iceland players and forced turnovers high up the pitch. It was the sort of aggressive and in-your-face display that made you wonder just what England were playing at last week. Giroud's double made him the easiest choice for man of the match.

Who played badly?

Iceland's players

Let's not point fingers at Iceland. After playing above themselves for the whole tournament their technical ability was exposed by France's desire to close down the ball. The fact they got to the quarters will rightfully be celebrated.

Was it the right result?

Iceland's players applauds supporters at the end of the Euro 2016 quarterfinal

For every neutral it was absolutely the wrong result. Iceland have captured the imagination of sports fans the world over and another upset was the dream of everyone who doesn't own a Tricolor. In football terms of course it was the right result. France were brilliantly ruthless - as well they should be in a quarter-final - and they'll take a load of confidence into the semis.

Tactics board

France coach Didier Deschamps, left, embraces Iceland coach Lars Lagerback

Didier Deschamps ensured his side would not put in the limp display that proved to be England's downfall as he got his men to press the ball and play a high-tempo game that caught out Iceland's technical ability. After starting the same XI in five straight games there might have even also been a mental and physical fatigue.

Key stat

Iceland have been the entertainers and we got goals...

What next?

France's Paul Pogba cheers France supporters

France progress on to a semi-final against Germany in their home tournament. Whoever wins that will almost certainly be the favourites in the final. For Iceland a hero's welcome surely arrives when they land at Keflavik Airport. Huh!