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France rout Iceland 5-2 to secure Euro 2016 semifinals berth

France dominated the game from start to finish as they defeated Iceland 5-2 to secure the Euro 2016 semifinals berth on Sunday.

euro 2016 Updated: Jul 04, 2016 02:27 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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France's forward Dimitri Payet, Paul Pogba and Samuel Umtiti stand together for the Euro 2016 quarter-final.(AFP Photo)

France dominated the game from start to finish as they defeated Iceland 5-2 to secure the Euro 2016 semifinals berth on Sunday.

France coach Didier Deschamps handed Samuel Umtiti his international debut as the Euro 2016 hosts made two enforced changes for Sunday’s quarter-final against Iceland in Paris.

Umtiti, 22, who is set to join Barcelona from Lyon later this month came in for the suspended Adil Rami in central defence alongside Laurent Koscielny while Moussa Sissoko came in for N’Golo Kante in midfield.

Iceland became the first nation to use the same starting XI for their first five matches at the European Championship as joint-coaches Lars Lagerback and Heimir Hallgrimsson kept faith with the side that beat England 2-1 last Monday.

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First Published: Jul 04, 2016 00:20 IST