Iceland react to their biggest win in history: “We’ve shocked the world”

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With more than 20 hours of sunlight in the summertime, the party won’t be stopping in Iceland tonight.

The tiny island nation stunned England with a 2-1 win at EURO 2016, advancing to the quarterfinals in their first-ever appearance at a major tournament.

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Having already surprised many by getting out of the group stage, Iceland’s Cinderella story continues as they now face host nation France next Sunday.

Despite their small population, Iceland’s traveling fans packed the supporters section in Nice, celebrating the win in brilliant fashion with their team.

Icelandic defender Kari Arnason rightfully called the result the biggest in his country’s history, praising the team’s belief as an underdog.

We kept our composure and defended well. We all believed, the rest of the world didn’t but we did. I am overcome with joy. The gaffer had never lost to England, he told us and we had to keep it up. When Jamie Vardy came on he had the pace but we kept it under control.

This is without a doubt the biggest result in Icelandic football history. We’ve shocked the world.

For a nation of about 320,000 that was ranked 133rd in the world just four years ago, Iceland’s run this summer will go down as one of the great stories in football history. Now, they will look to keep the party going with another chance to knock off a world power in France next round.