New Delhi: It's hard to believe that a nation with just 3,30,000 people got their football team into the quarter-finals of a competition, where mere qualification would be considered as a big achievement. This is the story of Iceland whose coach is apparently a part-time dentist and has been giving root-canal treatments to some of the great footballing nations.
Once considered as minnows, Iceland now face the hosts France for a place in the semi-finals. A one-sided affair on paper, this clash has all the ingredients to be an epic encounter between two sides with very different approach to the game.
Iceland's co-coach, Heimir Hallgrímsson has already fired warning at Didier Deschamps by stating that his side are yet to play their best football in the tournament. With a place in the final four at stake, Hallgrimsson will be hoping his squad implements what he said on pitch.
While Didier Deschamps France are yet to know their best starting XI, Iceland use their enthusiasm and 'nothing to lose' attitude in giving the opposition a run for their money.There is a big difference in the pressure on both sides. The French nation simply cannot afford to lose the game tonight, while the Icelanders will be happy even with a good performance against the hosts.
Iceland qualified on back of a stunning 2-1 victory over England, France had to dig deep for a come back 2-1 victory over Norther Ireland.
From Zee News
Sex Video Tape scandal: French forward Karim Benzema banned for Euro 16
France to keep fan zones during Euro 2016 despite Paris attacks
Michel Platini misses start of expanded Euro 2016 party
Spain football team was not afraid at all: Coach Vicente del Bosque
England `are going to win` Euro 2016: FA chief
Karim Benzema made mistake over sex-tape scandal: Didier Deschamps
Euro 2016 line-ups confirmed; Sweden and Ukraine book ticket to France
No data found.