Iceland shocks England at Euro 2016

Iceland might be the smallest country of the participants at Euro 2016, but they’re going to be celebrating the hardest after pulling off one of the most shocking upsets in years in the Round of 16 on Monday.

They sent England packing with a 2-1 win, which may have sealed manager Roy Hodgson’s fate, and it came in surprising fashion. The match seemed all but over when Wayne Rooney nailed home a penalty kick in the fourth minute of the game, especially with all of the offensive firepower they have. But Iceland answered just two minutes later, as Ragnar Sigurdsson poked one in after receiving a nice flick from a teammate.

But they weren’t done. Shortly after, in the 18th minute, Kolbeinn Sigthorsson received a pass near the top of the box, found some space, and drilled one home into the corner of the net. Joe Hart nearly saved it, but couldn’t get all of the ball, which trickled into the net.

That was the end of the scoring, as Iceland held off a few attacks from England. After the game, they celebrated like bosses.

What a day for Iceland, and for soccer fans. That upset is part of what makes the Euros so great.

Matt Birch

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