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England exit via Iceland; Italy knock out holders Spain

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England exit via Iceland; Italy knock out holders Spain

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England 1 – 2 Iceland
Italy 2 – 0 Spain

Iceland freeze out England

Roy Hodgson has resigned after seeing Iceland beat England in the biggest shock of the tournament, if not in the entire history of the European Championships.

Raheem Sterling was brought down by goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson as the match began in explosive fashion and captain Wayne Rooney scored from the spot

But two minutes later Iceland hit back through Ragnar Sigurdsson.

On the 18th minute, a slick interchange of passes ended with Kolbeinn Sigthorsson scoring with a lowshot with Joe Hart got a hand to but failed to keep from rolling into the net.

Iceland’s reward is a quarter-final match against France on Sunday. England will return home early again from a tournament having had high hopes of reaching the latter stages. No doubt a storm of criticism and self-examination awaits.

Hodgson resigns

Having seen his side knocked out of the last 16, England coach Roy Hodgson said: “My contract was always going to be up after this tournament. I would have love to have stayed on another two years, but now it is time for someone else to to take over this group of players,” he told a news conference.

Italy knock out champions Spain

Italy have beaten defending champions Spain to book their place in the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 where they will meet world champions Germany.

Giorgio Chellini poked in the first goal of the game after David de Gea spilled a free kick from Eder on 33 minutes. The strike was the first goal Spain’s conceded in a knockout match at a European Championship or World Cup since 2006 when Zinedine Zidane found the back of the net during the World Cup.

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle wrapped up the win in stoppage time with a superb volley from close range when he connected with a Matteo Darmian cross.

Spain were well shackled by the Italians throughout the match who seldom allowed them any time to play their traditional passing game, especially in the first half on a slippery pitch at the Stade de France.

Spent force Spain

Spain’s defeat marks the end of an era for a side which established itself as the dominant force in Europe by taking the European Championship title in 2008 and 2012.

For some the signs of Spain fading away first appeared when they lost their world crown with a shock group-stage exit from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

“We accept the defeat,” said Spain coach Vicente del Bosque, who added that he will meet the country’s football officials to discuss his immediate future.

“They were probably better,” said del Bosque. “They don’t play great football but they’re strong in the air, very physical and they were dangerous.”

Players of the day

Iceland have inflicted on England one of their most embarrassing defeats but for them it perhaps signifies their most impressive performance during what is their first ever major championship.

Pictures of the day

Euro 2016 day 18

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