Yesterday’s Fixtures – 27 June28th Jun 2016 |
The very last rounds of the knockout phase offered some genuine excitement. First up was the clash of the two football giants Italy and Spain. Both teams finished second in their groups and carried a lot of tradition and expectations on their shoulders. Italy met these expectations better than Spain in the end – they continually created goal chances and in the 33rd minute, Giorgi Chiellini scored the first goal. Spain looked tired in the first half, but picked up considerably after Chiellini’s goal. It was, however, not enough and Buffon kept a clean sheet. Graziano Pelle’s 2-0 goal then sealed the deal. Spain are going home, Italy faces Germany.
I think most of you will agree with me that the second match of the day was also the highlight. Iceland faced England and even the staunchest of Iceland supporters thought they’d have a tough time against the English side. At first it looked like the doubters might have been right after a penalty knocked in by Wayne Rooney left England with a 1-0 lead after only a few minutes. But Ragnar Sigurdsson quickly evened the score and after some twenty minutes, Kolbeinn Sigthorsson put Iceland ahead with 2-1. Iceland then defended admirably for the rest of the game – not without also creating chances forward – and are going on to face France. The tenth of Iceland’s population that is currently in France is certainly not regretting their match ticket purchases.