UEFA Euro 2016, Last 16: Italy-Spain and England-Iceland

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

In the Last 16 knockout phase of UEFA Euro 2016, Italy defeated the defending champions Spain 2–0, and Iceland eliminated England winning 2–1, on Monday. Italy is to face the World Champions Germany in the quarter-finals.

Italy 2–0 Spain

Italian defender Georgio Chiellini scored in the 33rd minute as the two-time defending champions trailed 0–1 before half time. Though Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea saved many shots, her was not able to stop Graziano Pellè's shot shortly before the referee brought the match to an end.

Italy is to play Germany in the quarter-finals. After the match, Italian coach Antonio Conte said, "We showed that an idea can beat talent."

File photo of Roy Hodgson, who resigned as England manager after their loss to Iceland.
Image: Mikhail Slain.

England 1–2 Iceland

Winning an early penalty kick, England were 1–0 up in the 4th minute as Wayne Rooney scored from a spot kick. Ragnar Sigurðsson equalised for Iceland just a couple of minutes later. Kolbeinn Sigþórsson scored the second goal for the Icelanders in the 18th minute as they won the fixture and advanced to the next knockout phase.

England manager Roy Hodgson resigned from his post promptly after the match ended. In remarks the next day he promised to support the Football Association. He said, "we are still recovering and I am very fragile today. It wasn't a good night for everybody." "Anybody who is out there who has played football will have some idea of how I feel today", said the ex-manager.

Iceland is to face hosts France in the quarter-finals.

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