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    04.07.2016 11.00 - in: Other competitions S

    Pogba on target as France reach semis

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    Five-star France see off Iceland in Paris to set up a mouthwatering semi-final against Germany. Paul Pogba and Patrice Evra both play the full 90 minutes

    Paul Pogba net his first goal of Euro 2016 as France produced a convincing display to reach the competition’s semi-finals with last night’s 5-2 victory over Iceland in Paris.

    Oliver Giroud’s strike and Pogba’s header enabled the French to storm into a two-goal lead after just 20 minutes, while Dimitri Payet and Antoine Griezmann left the tournament’s surprise package with a mountain to climb ahead of the half-time break.

    In spite of the daunting task ahead of them, plucky Iceland refused to throw in the towel and pulled one back on 56 minutes through Kolbeinn Sigthorsson’s close-range finish.

    France’s four-goal lead was however soon restored, Giroud heading in a free-kick three minutes later.

    There was still time for one final flourish from Iceland, who treated their magnificent travelling support to a leaving present courtesy of Birkir Bjarnason’s header.

    France, for whom Bianconeri duo Pogba and Patrice Evra played the entire 90 minutes, will now look ahead to a mouthwatering semi-final battle against Germany, to be played on Thursday night in Marseille. 

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