Iceland Beats England 2-1 in One of the Biggest Soccer Upsets of All Time

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Playing in their first major tournament finals, the Icelanders shocked England by coming from behind to claim a famous win.
Iceland’s population is around 330,000 – compared to over 53 million for England – but they defied their status as minnows to claim the most momentous victory in their history.

England took an early lead on four minutes through a Wayne Rooney penalty after Raheem Sterling was brought down in the box.

Iceland, however, leveled the score less than 60 seconds later when Ragnar Sigurdsson – who plays club football for Russian side FC Krasnodar – swept in at the back post following a flick-on from a long throw.

They then sensationally took the lead on 18 minutes when Kolbeinn Sigthorsson found space on the edge of the box and got a shot away, which England goalkeeper Joe Hart could only parry weakly into his own net.

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