Two first half goals by Giroud and then by Pogba puts France in a very strong position against Iceland in the quarter finals of Euro 2016.

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France striker Griezmann after scoring a goal in the quarter finals against Iceland. Payet about to kiss Griezmann’s feet

However, even before the first half ends another goal by Payet in the 43rd minute, and then by Griezmann at the stroke of half time makes it 4-0 in France’s favour. Griezmann’s goal in particular has shown the loopholes in Iceland’s defence. A great through pass and Griezmann flicking the ball over the goalkeeper was a spectacular visual.

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Pogba heads a goal against Iceland in the quarters of Euro 2016

France has 64% possession in the first half. The game has seen no cards in the first half.

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Giroud heads a goal against Iceland in the Euro 2016 quarters

The second half of the game saw Iceland’s fight back. They have got one back through Sigthorsson, and the score is now 4-1. Iceland has shown a great fight, and not willing to leave the ball. Their possession is high at 72% in the initial stages of second half. Just when it seemed that things may change a little, France struck again, and it was Giroud ‘s second goal through the header to make it 5-1 in the 57th minute. As soon as he scores a goal, he is replaced by Gignac.

Payet is replaced in the 79th minute. The possession continues to remain high for Iceland. The goal scorer for Iceland Sigthorson is replaced in the 82nd minute. Iceland scores another goal in the 84th minute to make it 5-2.

Iceland played an aggressive brand of football in the second half, with more attempts in the D-Box. They were able to pierce the strong midfield, and made inroads.

 

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