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Euro 2016 : England humiliated by Iceland

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PARIS — England has suffered an embarrassing Euro 2016 way out because of battling minnow Iceland, losing 2-1 in a pulsating round-of-16 encounter that has cost manager Roy Hodgson his job.

Iceland had won hearts amid its contentious group stage campaign, but was given minimal chance against the English who in spite of looking shaky themselves throughout the tournament, was expected to have too much quality for their lowly opponents.

Iceland was brave in defence but in truth its opponent offered little threat, and it would be England who would blink first.

As Gary Cahill, Chris Smalling and Eric Dier helplessly watched the ball ping around them, Iceland forged a shooting opportunity for Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and though keeper Joe Hart should have covered it, the ball snuck through.

That set the scene for the most tense of second halves, as Iceland held off every England attack as Hodgson’s team floundered under the weight of expectation.

As Dele Ali glanced a header wide, the referee’s whistle sounded to mark Icelandic football’s greatest hour – and one of England’s darkest.

The loss was enough to compel Hodgson to resign from his post within minutes of the final whistle, with what seemed to be a prepared statement – a shocking insight into the mentality of a team seemingly ready for failure.

Iceland will now play hosts France in the last eight, while England will face the music at home.

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ICC WCL Div II: Nepal suffer 7 runs defeat

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KATHMANDU — Nepal suffered a seven runs defeat at the hands of UAE in the final of the ICC World Cricket League Division II at Windhoek, Namibia, on Thursday.

After being runner-up of the tournament, Nepal are now seeded in Group B along with the hosts Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Scotland and Hong Kong for the ICC World Cup Qualifier tournament to be held in Zimbabwe on March.

With the conclusion of the tournament, Nepal are also promoted to ICC World Cricket League Division I.

Chasing the target of 277 runs, Nepal could muster only 270 runs with the loss of eight wickets in the allotted 50 overs.

Skipper Paras Khadka struck unbeaten 112 runs in 103 balls cracking eight sixes and three boundaries while Dipendra Singh Aire scored 35 off 66 balls including two sixes. Khadka and Aire scored 69 runs partnership for Nepal.

Similarly, Gyanendra Malla contributed 24 off 25 balls including one four while Dilip Nath made 13 off 29 balls smashing two boundaries. Sharad Veswakar was sent back to pavilion with 30 off 37 balls including three boundaries while Arif Sheikh scored seven runs off 11 balls with two fours.

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Rohit Kumar Paudel contributed 23 off 17 balls including four boundaries on the board. Karan KC, who was the hero of the match against Canada, Sompal Kami and Basanta Regmi failed to make double digit score.

Imran Haider took two Nepali scalps while Rohan Mustafa and Ahmed Raza chipped in with a wicket each.

After winning the toss, UAE elected to bat first and amassed a challenging total of 277/4 runs for Nepal to chase.

Opener Ashfaq Ahmed hit a century and his opening partner Rohan Mustafa also got a half-century as UAE piled up runs against the Nepali bowling attack.

Ahmed hit three sixes and 10 boundaries for his 123-ball 114 while Mustafa scored 51 from 74 balls as the pair added 109 runs for the first wicket. Shaiman Anwar (40) and Rameez Shahzad (41) also added late on to compile a massive total.

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Sompal Kami, Sandip Lamichhane and Basanta Regmi took a wicket each for Nepal.

Rameez Shahzad remained not out on 41 off 46 balls with one four and one six. Shiman Anwar hit brisk 40 off 24 balls with two fours and three sixes.

Sandeep Lamichanne, Basanta Regmi and Sompal Kami chipped in a wicket each.

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