England suffer deep freeze

Iceland pulled off the shock of the tournament so far after beating England 2-1 in the round of 16 at the Allianz Riviera stadium on Monday night.

  • England 1 Iceland 2
  • Rooney opens scoring from the spot
  • Sigurdsson grabs the equaliser
  • Sigthorsson puts Iceland in front
  • England sent packing

Match Summary

Many expected Iceland to sit back and play for extra time and penalties but that was far from the case in a dramatic first half.

Rooney put England ahead from the penalty spot after Raheem Sterling was brought down in the box by Hannes Halldorsson in just the third minute.

However, their lead lasted just three minutes as Ragnar Sigurdsson took advantage of some defensive uncertainty from Aron Gunnarsson to pounce on the loose ball and finish from close range. Just more than 10 minutes later Kolbeinn Sigthorsson managed to squeeze the ball past Joe Hart to give Iceland an unexpected lead.

As expected, England dominated possession for the rest of the game but were unable to do much with it and were let down repeatedly by the final pass as Iceland clung on for a famous and historic 2-1 win, leaving some of the England players in tears.

Full Summary

The match couldn't have got off to a better start for the Three Lions as Raheem Sterling used his pace to draw a foul out of Iceland's goalkeeper just three minutes in and earn a penalty, which Rooney finished expertly in the bottom left corner.

But they were unable to hang onto their lead for very long and, just three minutes later, Gunnarsson put a long throw into the England box. It was flicked into space on the edge of the six-yard box by Kari Arnason and Sigurdsson was the first to get to the ball, poking it past a desperately scrambling Hart to level the scores.

Dele Alli went close for the Three Lions with a half volley from about 20 yards out, but Iceland were beginning to sense weakness and put their opponents under immense pressure when in possession.

Then disaster struck for England as, once again, they looked completely unable to deal with the long throw from Gunnarsson. A poor clearance ended up at the feet of Sigthorsson, who took a touch and side-footed an innocuous-looking shot toward goal. However, Joe Hart was unsighted and could only got down late so his weak hand on the ball was not enough to steer it away from goal as Iceland took a dramatic and unexpected lead.

England didn’t panic and held on to the ball patiently looking for openings. Sturridge was able to feed the ball to Harry Kane, but the Tottenham striker's first time volley was tipped over the bar by Halldorsson.

Kane then turned provider as he lofted a free kick towards Chris Smalling at the back post, but the defender was unable to get into the right position and his header went over the bar.

Sigurdsson then attempted an acrobatic second via a bicycle kick, but it went straight at Joe Hart, who made the save.

Iceland's defence was well organised and made things very difficult for England who, despite having around 65% of possession throughout the entire game, struggled to connect with the final pass and even when they did, their goal attempts lacked the needed venom to cause Halldorsson problems.

Ultimately, similar to their performances in the rest of the tournament, England created far more chances than their opponents, but were unable to find the back of the net bar Rooney's penalty and paid the price as Iceland claimed a famous 2-1 win, advancing to the quarter-finals against all expectations.