Team Iceland defied their low ranking and lower odds to beat England in the 2016 European Championship’s round of 16, sending the underdog on to the quarterfinals.
With a population of only 330,000, the island nation (whose weather gives it an extremely short soccer season) has become the smallest country ever to make it to the quarterfinals of the tournament, having outperformed expectations in the early rounds. On Monday, the team beat England 2-1, with all goals being scored in the first 18 minutes of the game.
The embarrassing loss for a team whose players should have made a superior showing prompted England’s manager Roy Hodgson to announce his resignation shortly after the match, though his contract was already due to expire at the end of the tournament. “I’m sorry it will have to end this way but these things happen,” he said.
On Sunday, Iceland will face France, the host of the tournament and the favorite to win.
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