Euro 2016: Olivier Giroud nets brace as France rout Iceland


Euro 2016: Olivier Giroud nets brace as France rout Iceland

By Hassan Sanusi

Giroud celebrates goal against Iceland.

Euro 2016 host France have stepped in the semi-finals.

Arsenal’s Oliver Giroud scored a brace for the French side as they defeated Iceland 5-2 in their quarter final game.

Pogba, Payet and Griezmann also scored for France while Sigthorsson and Bjarnason hit the net for the Icelandic team.

Getting this far is a victory enough for the Icelandic team ranked 133rd in the world four years ago.


Roy Hodgson shakes Rooney after substitution against Iceland during Euro 2016. Credit: Getty Images

They came from behind to shame England 2-1 at the last-16 battle just before the resignation of Roy Hodgson who won 33 of his 56 games in charge of the English team.

France will be facing 2014 world cup winner Germany in semi-finals on Thursday July 7 at Stade Vélodrome.

Germany qualifies after winning Italy on penalties
Germany qualifies after winning Italy on penalties. Credit: Reuters

Germany national team captain Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Müller and Mesut Özil‘s penalty miss couldn’t stop the world champions from reaching Euro 2016 semi-finals when they defeated Italy 6-5 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the regulatory 90 minutes.

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