By Andy Hyslop
- Goals from Giroud (2), Pogba, Payet and Griezmann see France through
- Win sets up semi-final against Germany
- France one step closer to winning on home soil
Four first-half goals see France end the Iceland fairytale. The win sets up an semi-final with Germany brings the hosts a step closer to lifting the trophy on July 10.
Iceland came into the game on the back of knocking England out of the competition and hoped they could shock the hosts in the same way.
That wasn’t to be as France scored four first-half goals through Giroud, Pogba, Payet and Griezmann.
This is the third time that France have hosted the European Championships and are looking to lift the trophy on home soil for a second time. Having hosted and won in 1984.
France put game to bed by half-time
In the previous round, the Icelandic defence had look resolute and difficult to break down but it took France just 12 minutes to do so.
The opening goal came as Giroud ran on to a ball from Matuidi before calmly slotting into the corner of the net.
It was soon 2-0 when on 19 minutes, Pogba rose highest to head home from a corner.
Payet and Griezmann added the third and fourth of the game in the final three minutes of the first-half. Payet scored with a precise low drive 20 yards on 42 minutes.
Then minutes later on the stroke of half-time Griezmann added the fourth when he ran on to a through ball before lifting the ball over Halldorsson in the Iceland goal.
Iceland showed their fighting spirit in the second-half with goals from Sigthorsson and Bjarnason. Giroud though got his second of the game and third in the tournament.
Goals in the match for Giroud, Payet and Griezmann, mean all three are in the running to finish as the tournaments top scorer.
Griezmann leads the way on four goals. While Payet and Giroud have three goals each.
Other contenders still left in the tournament are Bale (3), Robson-Kanu (2), Nani (2), Ronaldo (2) and Gomez (2).