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Ruthless France ends Iceland’s Euro 2016 dream run

Paris, France | AFP |

Olivier Giroud scored two goals and set up another as the Euro 2016 hosts France thrashed Iceland 5-2 on Sunday to set up a semi-final clash against world champions Germany.

Giroud fired France ahead after just 12 minutes at a rain-drenched Stade de France with Paul Pogba then heading in his first goal of the tournament to double the hosts’ lead.

Dimitri Payet struck two minutes before half-time to put France in complete control and Antoine Griezmann raced clear to add a fourth to round out France’s first-half blitz.

Iceland, who beat England 2-1 to reach the last eight, put on another never-say-die performance. Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and Birkir Bjarnason grabbed second-half consolation goals either side of Giroud’s second.


Half time

 Antoine Griezmann scored his tournament-leading fourth goal as France raced into a 4-0 half-time lead against Iceland in Sunday’s Euro 2016 quarter-final.

Olivier Giroud drilled home a 12th-minute opener for the hosts before Paul Pogba powered in a header eight minutes later for his first goal of the competition.

Dimitri Payet struck France’s third on 43 minutes with Griezmann then bursting clear to add a fourth on the stroke of half-time.



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