Euro 2016, quarter-final: France end Iceland's fairytale run with 5-2 win, to take on Germany in semis
Olivier Giroud was the hero of the match for France as he scored two goals.
New Delhi: France advanced into the semis of Euro 2016 with a comprehensive 5-2 win over Iceland in the quarter-final of the tournament.
Iceland's fairytale came to an end against the hosts, who were dominant right throughout the match.
France made their intentions clear in the first half itself by scoring four goals.
Olivier Giroud gave the hosts a 1-0 lead as he scored in the 12th minute of the match. He followed it with another goal in the second half.
Giroud was joined on the scoresheet by Paul Pogba, Dimitri Payet and Griezmann. Atletico Madrid striker Griezman hit a brilliant chip on the stroke of half-time and now leads the tournament rankings with four goals.
Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and Birkir Bjarnason tried their best to bring Iceland back in the game by scoring two goals in the second half. But that was all they could come up with, as France scored their fifth goal in the second half.
Giroud was quick to pay tribute to Iceland, the revelation of the European Championship after their 2-1 victory over England.
"We scored five goals, we are very satisfied but Iceland never gave up. They fought with valour, they were very determined," said the Arsenal striker.
"I want to pay tribute to them. They had a wonderful Euro," added Giroud, who was brought off after his second goal to avoid getting a new yellow card that would have led to a suspension."I`m very proud. It`s been a fantastic tournament, something special for a small team like us," said Iceland striker Gylfi Sigurdsson.
France will now take on Germany in the semi-final.
The semi-finals will start on Wednesday however with Gareth Bale`s Wales taking on Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal.