Euro 2016 round of 16: England vs. Iceland live commentary

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Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson says his team will prepare for war against England at Euro 2016 on Monday.
The ESPN FC crew look ahead to England’s knockout round match against the tournament’s biggest surprise package, Iceland.

Will the Iceland fairytale continue? They face England in Nice in the final round-of-16 tie at Euro 2016. Join us for live commentary of the game, which kicks off at 9 p.m. CET, 3 p.m. ET.

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21.56 BST:

A famous night for #ISL as they pull off one of the great EURO shocks!

– UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) June 27, 2016

21.54 BST: England’s poor record in knockout football carries on. They froze on the big stage and didn’t create any chances of note, which is unbelievable given the talent in the side. However, credit has to go to Iceland for a brilliant performance and they will now travel to Paris to take on France in the quarterfinal on Sunday.


England have lost 2-1 to Iceland in the round of 16 at Euro 2016. There’s unbelievable scenes as the whole Iceland bench and players on the field head to the corner of their ground where their fans are. The England players are floored, literally. Staring blankly at the ground or trooping off dejected.

91 MINS: This is desperate stuff from England now. The ball is entering the box regularly but being cleared just as quickly. Good defending from Iceland who are standing firm and not giving an inch.


89 MINS: Rashford shows creativity to dribble down the left wing and wins a corner, which the Manchester United youngster quickly takes himself but it comes to nothing.


87 MINS: Kane sends in an abject free-kick from the left wing that clears the penalty area and goes out for a throw-in to a chorus of boos.


That’s a big call from Hodgson who now has four strikers on the field and just Wilshere and Alli in midfield. A 4-2-4 formation.

83 MINS: Iceland almost grab a third as Gunnarsson breaks through on goal with only Wilshere for company. Despite getting a shot on target Hart stands up well and saves to keep England in the game. Nervous moments.

80 MINS: We’re into the final 10 minutes and things are looking desperate for England. The longer the game goes on the worse they are looking. Alli pumps a ball into the box for Vardy to chase but Halldorsson is onto it in a flash and collects the ball.

78 MINS: Whistles are beginning to ring out in the crowd because of England’s inability to find an opening of any real note. That’s the England fans, anyway. The Iceland fans are lapping this up and are creating a joyous racket. They have been a real highlight and a credit to their country throughout Euro 2016.


71 MINS:

Sport England says 1.8 million each play football in England

Iceland population: 330,000

– Rob Harris (@RobHarris) June 27, 2016

69 MINS: Vardy breaks into the box at real pace but is tackled by Ragnar Sigurdsson, and England win the corner, although it ultimately comes to nothing. That’s the first time Vardy’s pace has got in behind Iceland and really caused them any trouble. A promising sign.

67 MINS: Now it’s Wilshere’s turn to shoot wide from distance. The ball falls nicely for him to have a go but he makes a terrible job of it and another chance goes begging. The clock is ticking down.

65 MINS: Gunnarsson is booked for a late challenge on Alli and England are awarded a free-kick 30 yards that Kane lines up to shoot but it is a disappointing effort that floats harmlessly wide.

62 MINS: England are creating half chances but nothing of real note, it’s all a bit scrappy and to be fair to the Iceland team they are doing their jobs superbly and frustrating their opponents. They’re organised, happy to cede possession and great at holding their positions to allow no room for England to play in.


England now have Sturridge, Kane and Vardy on the pitch but whether or not one of them can find the goal to rescue this game for England remains to be seen.

58 MINS:

Cut to the chase. Who’s gonna win? #ENGISL#EURO2016

– UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) June 27, 2016

55 MINS: Hart goes some way to reprieving himself for that earlier mistake by saving a Ragnar Sigurdsson bicycle kick from close range. That’s the best chance of the half so far and had it gone in it would have been a long way back for England. On the England bench Roy Hodgson is pictured checking his watch deep in thought. A second change soon as the hour mark approaches.

53 MINS: Wilshere’s pass into the area almost finds Alli but Halldorsson gets there first.

50 MINS: It has not been the fast start England needed. Quite the opposite in fact and the game is quite open and even at the moment. It’s fair to say Iceland are doing a good job at frustrating an England team that really should be doing better.

46 MINS: Sturridge is booked for a reckless late tackle on Skulason borne out of frustration.


ENGLAND CHANGE: Jack Wilshere is coming on for Eric Dier. The Arsenal man will get his foot on the ball and give England some forward momentum from midfield.

The stats:

England 1-2 Iceland HT:

– (@WhoScored) June 27, 2016

Iain Macintosh’s half time review:

.@iainmacintosh is NOT impressed with England at the half.

– ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) June 27, 2016


No added time is played. After a perfect start that was a disappointing half of football for England who find themselves behind 2-1 at the break.

44 MINS: Walker finds room to cross from the right and picks out Rooney who is in space just inside the area but the England captain volleys a harmless shot into the ground. He cuts a frustrated figure and knows he should have done a lot better with that opportunity.

42 MINS:

Hart wonders whether it will be one of those nights.

– UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) June 27, 2016

40 MINS: Wilshere, Stones and VARDY are warming up. Could the Leicester striker get on the pitch early in the second half? There’s no doubt with his pace, tenacity and eye for goal he’d be a threat in an England side that are struggling to break through right now.

38 MINS: Gylfi Sigurdsson is cautioned for a petulant foul on Rose, Kane’s free-kick goes towards Smalling at the back post but he can’t keep his close-range header down.

37 MINS:

2007 – #ENG have conceded 2 goals in the opening 18 mins of a match for the first time since Nov 2007 (England 2-3 Croatia). Wally #Euro2016

– OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 27, 2016

35 MINS: Iceland have had just 34% possession and three shots to England’s eight.

33 MINS: It’s a fast and furious encounter. England trying to keep possession and dictate the pace of the game on one hand, while on the other Iceland are trying to break up play and make a general nuisance of themselves to great effect.

28 MINS: A superb counter-attack from England involving Alli and Sturridge gives Kane the chance to fire a ferocious right-footed volley at goal that draws a save from Halldorsson. Better from England, whose confidence is coming back with each attack.

27 MINS:

Seems we’re desperate to get out of Europe in all ways.

– Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 27, 2016

25 MINS: England’s players look shell shocked and coupled with the lack of time on the ball and space Iceland are giving them, it’s fair to say this isn’t going well.

22 MINS:

263 – It took #ISL striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson 263 minutes to hit his first shot on target at #EURO2016, but he scored with it. Stunned.

– OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 27, 2016


England allow Iceland to make some neat passes on the edge of their box and against the run of play a Sigthorsson shot slips through the grasp of Hart and into the net. Somehow England find themselves 2-1 behind after having most of the game.

17 MINS: England are being limited to speculative efforts from outside the area as Iceland pack their box. The pace of Sterling, and perhaps later Vardy, could be crucial in getting behind and in on goal.

15 MINS: Rooney is on corner duty tonight and his delivery has been good so far. The ball is only half cleared and falls to Alli outside the area. The Spurs man shows great technique with a fierce effort that flies just over the bar.

13 MINS: Ray Lewington can be heard on the touchline bellowing at England’s players to ‘keep the ball moving’.

11 MINS: Iceland have all 11 men behind the ball as England try, and fail, to find a way through the wall of blue shirts. This won’t be easy for Roy Hodgson’s side.

8 MINS: Sterling is caught midway in the Iceland half and England win a free-kick which is headed straight out of the opposition penalty area. If England can keep the tempo high they stand a chance of forcing another mistake from Iceland.


England were in front less than two minutes as a long Aron Gunnarsson throw from the right is flicked on by Kari Arnason and headed home from close range by Ragnar Sigurdsson.


Halldorsson drags down Sterling in the area and Rooney fires low and firm into the bottom left-hand corner from 12 yards, his first goal of the tournament.

2 MINS: It is obvious already that Iceland will camp deep in their own half but England have made an energetic and high-tempo start and with Rooney, Alli, Kane, Sturridge and Sterling they should have enough to create some chances.

1 MIN: It’s a very noisy atmosphere in Nice as Kyle Walker makes an early raid down the right but Iceland come away with the ball.

THE GAME HAS BEGUN! England have kicked us off and the match is underway!

19.55 BST: It’s anthem time. Iceland first up.

19.54 BST: The teams are in the tunnel and there is a mix of angst and focus on faces. Kick-off is just minutes away.

19.50 BST: It’s almost time — here’s another quick look at England’s line-up.

– England (@England) June 27, 2016

19.48 BST:

It’s make or break for Roy Hodgson. @iainmacintosh and @NickAmes82 preview #ENGISL:

– ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) June 27, 2016

19.45 BST: And if it goes to penalties don’t hold your breath… England have lost six out of their last seven shootouts.

19.43 BST: England could make history tonight. They have never won a knockout match in the European Championship away from home.

19.35 BST: GRAPHIC: Dele Alli vs Gylfi Sigurdsson

– (@WhoScored) June 27, 2016

19.32 BST: Could fatigue play a factor? It’s been seven days since England last played, but Iceland were in action last Wednesday and have had two days less rest.

19.27 BST: Iceland’s march to face England in Nice is the story of Euro 2016, according to Simon Kuper.

19.22 BST: Gary Cahill and Ryan Bertrand are one booking away from a ban, should England make it through tonight. For Iceland, Hannes Halldorsson, Birkir Saevarsson, Kari Arnason, Birkir Bjarnason, Johann Gudmundsson, Ari Skulason and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson are walking a disciplinary tightrope.

19.15 BST:

4 – #ENG‘s last four knockout games at the EUROs have all gone to penalties. They won the first shootout but have lost the last three. Drama

– OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 27, 2016

19.12 BST: Hosts France await the winner of this round of 16 clash. Here’s Julien Laurens on why Didier Deschamps cannot afford any more selection errors following the 2-1 win against Republic of Ireland.

19.05 BST: Meanwhile, Iceland, the lowest ranked side left in the tournament, send out the same XI that started their 2-1 win over Austria, including Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson, Cardiff midfielder Aron Gunnarsson and Charlton’s Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

19.00 BST: England have made six changes from the team that drew 0-0 with Slovakia, Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, Wayne Rooney, Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling all returning.

England XI: Hart; Rose, Cahill, Smalling, Walker; Rooney, Dier, Alli; Sterling, Kane, Sturridge

Iceland XI: Halldorsson; Saevarsson, Arnason, R. Sigurdsson, Skulason; Gudmundsson, G. Sigurdsson, Gunnarsson, Bjarnason; Sigthorsson, Bodvarsson

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