Iceland’s men’s national football team was defeated 4-0 last night by France in their second Euro 2020 qualifying match at the Stade de France stadium.

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The Icelandic team singing the national anthem. Credit: RÚV Broadcast

Viking claps didn’t seem to help our national heroes in their second match of this competition, a heavy but expected blow for the team who beat Andorra in their last match 2-0.

This now puts France ahead of Turkey who also won their match on Monday.

The first goal was scored by Samuel Umiti who used a cross from Kylan Mbappe to land a header into the net in the first 12 minutes.

Credit: RÚV Broadcast

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Iceland put up a good fight, but it seemed inevitable the victor would be France, although, until the end of the first half, Iceland was still seen as a decent threat.

A cross from Benjamin Pavard was palmed out by Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldórsson then intercepted by Oliver Giroud who planted a goal in the 68th minute. In a turn of luck for Iceland, the goal was disallowed for being offside.

Credit: RÚV Broadcast

At the start of the second half, Iceland’s Birkir Bjarnasson almost scored a goal, but it was narrowly saved by French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, which further fueled Frances offences.

The spear to the side for Iceland was a final goal by Antoine Griezmann with a low shot just six minutes before time was called.

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The French team are the current reigning world champions, who beat Croatia 4-2 in the 2019 World Cup. If Iceland plays well in their other matches, they will still have a chance to continue in the tournament.

The Icelandic team are still in contention to qualify for the Euro Cup. Their next match in the competition will see them face Albania on June 8 at 1.00pm GMT here in Iceland at Laugardallsvöllur Stadium.

How do you think Iceland will do against Albania? Will you be watching them live here in Reykjavík? Let us know in the Facebook comments below.

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Jono Duffy was born in Brisbane Australia. He trained as an actor but tried stand up comedy and decided it was easier to get work making people laugh. He has lived in Iceland since 2015 and regularly performs stand up around the country. He’s done some pretty cool stuff since moving here including speaking at TedX , working at Eurovision and hosting a late night chat show, but he tries to be humble about it… he really tries.

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