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France coast through to Euro semi-final

GiroudFootball – Euro 2016: Iceland’s dreams of further glory were brought to an abrupt end after falling 5-2 to the hosts.

France raced into a 4-0 half-time lead and looked in danger of embarrassing their opponents.

But the plucky Icelanders, who knocked out England, showed a never-say-die attitude and pulled back two goals in the second period while France added just one more.

Olivier Giroud netted twice for the home team who are now unbeaten in 12  matches between the countries, winning nine of those games.

Iceland have lost all seven of their matches away to France, scoring seven goals and conceding 27.

Iceland, who won huge plaudits for their performances and spirit, were one of only two teams, along with Wales, to have scored in all of their games at the tournament.

France will now meet Germany in the semi final. Wales play Portugal in the other semi-final.

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Tsonga celebratesTennis – Wimbledon: Jo Wilfried Tsonga, treated a middle Sunday crowd with victory against the giant American John Isner in a marathon match.

The Frenchman won the final set 19-17 after the pair were tied at 7-6 6-3 6-7 2-6.

Isner famously defeated Nicolas Mahut in the record-breaking 70-68 final set in 2010 in a match which lasted 11 hours and five minutes, but began to look weary in the final stages of this latest long-running tie which was a mere 4 hours 25 minutes.

Tsonga will now play fellow countryman Richard Gasquet. There are four French men in the last 16 of the men’s singles for the first time since 1929.

It was only the fourth time there has been play on middle Sunday and the first time since 2004 because of rain interruptions.

Among other results Serena Williams beat Annika Beck 6-3 6-0 to chalk up her 300th Grand Slam victory.

Nick Kyrgios is also through to the men’s singles fourth round where he will meet Andy Murray.

The Australian said: “I definitely have the tools to beat Andy Murray. Saying that, he is one of the best in the world and he is probably the favourite now Novak is out.

“I’m going to go out there and not do anything different. We are great mates: he’s a great guy, a great player an I’m going to go out there and enjoy it.”

 

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