We’ve been a little spoilt recently for underdog stories in football. If Leicester City’s amazing run to the Premier League title wasn’t enough, we’ve now got tiny Iceland – with a smaller population than Tasmania – in the final eight of Euro 2016. Go you good things!
In case you’ve been living under an ice shelf, Iceland ($10) knocked out England in what was undoubtedly their biggest win of all time. Almost 99% of their population reportedly watched the match. They might not have the star players, but they know their roles down to the bone and have a team spirit many bigger nations (we’re looking at you, England) would die for.
France ($1.40) again found just enough to get the job done against a gallant Irish outfit in the round of 16. After Paul Pogba gave away a penalty in the opening minute, it took a second half double salvo from Antoine Griezmann to secure progression for the hosts. It was another less than convincing performance from the French, who have probably had the best draw of any team in the competition. Still, Iceland have proved their ability to defend as a unit and they have more going forward than the Irish too. France will certainly need to improve here to avoid an embarrassing slip-up in front of their home fans.
Verdict: France win
Confidence: As much as we’d all love to see it continue, this might be one game to far for Iceland. France should have too much individual quality, even if they’re not gelling as a team just yet.