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.
Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded
BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.
The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.
Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.
Transportation has also been halted.
Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.
Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.
The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.
Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.
Nirmala was found murdered in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.Follow @gorkhapost