Cinderella is dead. Iceland’s improbable run through the European Championships ended with a whimper yesterday in a sound 5 – 2 quarterfinal defeat at the the hands of tournament host France. The game was never in doubt. France led 4 – 0 at halftime, the second half was merely a formality.
Throughout the course of the tournament, Iceland’s fans have been as much of the story as the team. They were happy and celebratory, in stark contrast to the roves of professional hooligans that marred the tournament with violence.
Although Iceland didn’t have the magic yesterday that had been at their disposal for the entire tournament, their fans weren’t the typical faces of dejected masses following a huge loss.
The fans gathered in the stadium, and on the streets to pay tribute to their national team with several last rounds of the now famous “Viking Chant.” The mood wasn’t solemn, it was celebratory.
— ITV (@ITV) July 4, 2016
Over 10,000 Iceland fans with the final ‘Viking Clap’.https://t.co/oPpQpKIzau
— TheSPORTbible (@TSBible) July 4, 2016
What an unbelievable run for Iceland, and what a spectacular showing from their fans. The clique is thick in Reykavjik.