Euro 2016: Iceland have never beaten France

Can Iceland beat France for the first time ever?

Can Iceland beat France for the first time ever? Photo: AFP

As the dust settles in Nice, the so-far invincible blue army makes its way up to Paris ahead of Sunday’s quarter-final clash against hosts France.

If last night’s trouncing of England came as a shock to the football world, Iceland will have to pull off an ever greater coup to advance to the semi-final. As well as being hot favourites to win the entire competition, France have never lost to Iceland in the history of their international encounters.

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The two teams have met on eleven occasions since 1957. Their first match saw France hammer Iceland 8-0, and their most recent – an international friendly four years ago – ended in a 3-2 defeat for Iceland.

Of the eleven matches, there have been eight French victories and three draws.

Looking at this in historical context, however, Iceland seem to on something of a roll. They have had two victories so far in Euro 2016 – against Austria and England. These two teams had, just like France, never lost to Iceland before...


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