QPlay: Iceland Bt England, Spain Knocked Out & Wimbledon’s Latest

All the latest sports news in The Quint’s morning wrap.

Published28 Jun 2016, 01:34 AM IST
Sports
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Iceland Stun England with 2-1 Win at Euro 2016

Iceland pulled off one of the greatest shocks in European Championship history when they recovered to beat England 2-1 in their last 16 clash on Monday and will now face hosts France in the quarter-finals.

England got off to a dream start when Raheem Sterling was brought down by goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson and Wayne Rooney confidently thumped home the penalty in the fourth minute.

Ragnar Sigurdsson equalised within two minutes for Iceland and then Iceland went ahead in the 18th minute when Kolbeinn Sigthorsson scored with a low shot that goalkeeper Joe Hart got a hand to but could not stop from rolling into the net.

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(Photo: AP)
(Photo: AP)

Holders Spain Knocked out by Italy in Last 16

Holders Spain were knocked out of Euro 2016 in a 2-0 defeat by Italy on Monday after goals by Giorgio Chiellini and Graziano Pelle set up a quarter-final with world champions Germany.

Chiellini opened the scoring after 33 minutes while Pelle wrapped up the victory in stoppage time to end Spain’s reign as European champions which covered the 2008 and 2012 tournaments.

Chiellini’s strike was the first goal Spain conceded in a knockout match at a European Championship or World Cup since Zinedine Zidane scored for France at the 2006 World Cup.

(Photo: AP)
(Photo: AP)

Wimbledon: Federer, Djokovic Win Openers

Roger Federer began his 18th consecutive Wimbledon challenge with a straight-sets win over Argentina’s Guido Pella on Monday -- but it was never straightforward for the Swiss as he won 7-6(5) 7-6(3) 6-3.

More importantly, he showed no sign of the back injury that forced him to miss the French Open, ending his run of 65 consecutive appearances at grand slam tournaments.

I worked so hard to be here. My hope was to be here fully fit. No one knows, not even myself. But we’ll see.
Roger Federer

World number one and defending champion Novak Djokovic made a comfortable start by beating Britain’s James Ward 6-0 7-6(3) 6-4 to move into the second round.

American eighth seed Venus Williams, the oldest player in the women’s singles draw, beat teenager Donna Vekic 7-6(3) 6-4. Angelique Kerber beat British wildcard Laura Robson 6-2 6-2 to notch up her first grand slam victory since hoisting the Australian Open trophy in January. Women’s 23rd seed Ana Ivanovic suffered a surprising first- round exit, losing to Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-2 7-5.

After Messi, More Argentina Players May Retire From Internationals: Aguero

Sergio Aguero and other Argentina players could follow the lead of captain Lionel Messi and retire from international football after losing the final of the Copa America on penalties to Chile for the second straight year.

The 29-year-old Messi, who sent his spot-kick in the penalty shootout over the bar, announced his decision shortly after the title game in New Jersey on Sunday.

The likelihood is that Messi is not the only one that will leave the national team. There are several players like me that are evaluating whether or not to continue. Unfortunately, the one that leaves most affected is Leo Messi after his penalty miss. This is the worst that I’ve seen him in the changing room.
Sergio Aguero

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