Fans can watch the France vs. Iceland football match live online and see if the biggest surprise of the Euro 2016 tournament can up-end the host as both teams look for a berth in the Round of Four.
The teams will face off in what is the most unlikely quarterfinal matchup, with Iceland upsetting England in the Round of 16 to take on France. The teams will meet Sunday at 8 p.m. local time (3 p.m. ET) with the winner going on to face Germany in Thursday’s semifinal.
While Iceland is once again a big underdog, they could have a bit of an advantage as both N’Golo Kanté and Adil Rami will be suspended for Sunday’s match.
And France is certainly not taking Iceland lightly. The Iceland team has drawn comparisons to Leicester City in its amazing run through the Premier League this year, and Bacary Sagna said his France team will not be taking them lightly.
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“I thought England would win because they have a young and talented team, and I’m used to playing against most of them,” Sagna told the Guardian. “But, all the same, I was quite happy for this Iceland team because they gave England a lesson in dignity. Why didn’t the English go through? I don’t know. In football anything can happen in a game and, from what I saw, Iceland deserved it. It’s not just one player with them who makes the difference. Their whole team will cause problems for us.”
The French players and coaches have been full of praise for Iceland in the days leading up to the game, especially the deft long-throwing ability of Aron Gunnarsson.
And fans who watch the France vs. Iceland football match live online will see an Iceland team realistic about its chances. Lars Lagerbäck, the team’s joint-coach, said he realizes that France comes in as a favorite but said his team won’t be down on their chances.
If Iceland believes they can win, Lagerbäck said, then “I think we can cause them some problems.”
“The players will really enjoy it and at the same time be really focused and play a good game,” he said. “It’s not often you have a chance to get to a semi-final, so I think that’s motivation enough.”
Iceland has already played well beyond expectations, which could be a boost for Sunday’s match as they will be unburdened by expectations. Reporter Jóhann Sigurdsson, who covers for Euro2016.com, noted that whatever happens in Sunday’s match against France, Iceland will already return home as heroes.
“But that doesn’t mean they won’t go for the win – they will,” he wrote. “Their confidence has grown, especially after the victory against England, and they know that with another great performance they stand a chance against the hosts, who are burdened with the pressure of playing at home.”
Fans who watch the France vs. Iceland football match live online will see two teams riding a wave of momentum. While the Iceland squad pulled off a series of upsets to reach the quarterfinal, France has quietly put up an eight-game unbeaten streak that includes seven wins.
France has been in a number of tight games in the Euro 2016 including some disappointing performances, but was able to pull late victories over Romania and Albania in the group stage and score a come-from-behind win over a feisty Ireland squad in Lyon to reach Sunday’s quarterfinal.
Playing in front of their countrymen will be a boost for France as the team looks to advance to the semifinal.
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