5:00 AM (AEST) Monday, July 4 at Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Monday morning will see the last quarter final match being played at the UEFA Euro Championships, between host nation France and giant killers Iceland.
France: Lloris; Sagna, Rami, Koscielny, Évra; Pogba, Kanté/Sissoko, Matuidi; Griezmann, Giroud, Payet.
Iceland: Kristinsson; Skúlason, R Sigurdsson, Árnason, Sævarsson; Gudmundsson, G Sigurdsson, Gunnarsson, Bjarnason; Sigthórsson, Finnbogason.
France and Iceland have met on ten previous occasions, with France having won 7 games and drawn 3, while Iceland is still looking to secure its maiden victory over the French. The last two matches have been high scoring victories to France, by 3-2 on both occasions.
France won their opening group match 2-1 against Romania, following it up with a 2-0 victory over Albania. Their third round match saw them held to a scoreless draw with Switzerland. France then had to come from 1-0 down after just 2 minutes in their round of 16’s match against the Republic of Ireland to win 2-1.
Iceland snuck into the knockout stage after having just one victory and two draws in the group stage. Their first two games were 1 all draws against Portugal and Hungary before they beat Austria 2-1. They conceded a goal inside the opening 5 minutes of their first knockout game against England before scoring two unanswered goals to win 2-1.
Lloris v Kristinsson – The keepers for both sides are likely to become the most important men here, as there is every chance this match will come down to a shootout.
France should be far too good for the Iceland side in this match, however, the same was said about England when they were to face Iceland, and they lost 2-1. Iceland are confident and performing better than expected whereas France will be wary of them. This could be a closer match than anticipated.