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Iceland's fairy tale, Dimitri Payet and Martin O’Neill’s jig – Best moments of EURO 2016, so far

The European Championships in France has already thrown up a few surprises. Here are the best moments of the competition so far

Ayush Chatterjee 24 June 2016, 12:03 AM

Ivan Perisic v Alvaro Morata -- a battle to remember Image: Getty

Ireland fans went crazy after their win against Italy Image: Getty

Italy under Gigi Buffon have been a revelation Image: Getty

Andres Iniesta has been a delight for the Spanish Image: Getty

Iceland captain poses with the fans after qualifying for the round two Image: Getty

The European Championships have served up some scintillating action till now and the scenes in France have been a joy to behold. T2 Online lists some of the best stories this French summer has offered up in the group stages. (Read: Best of Euro fans)

Iceland's fairy tale

If there was a team that could rival Leicester City for the best fairytale this year, it would be Iceland. They may be the smallest nation ever to participate in the Euros but they are not deterred in the least. (Read: Hottest footballers in Euro)

Last night saw the minnows qualify for the knockout stage, ahead of Portugal. Add to that the celebrations with there fans. Iceland's story is nothing short of magical.

Croatia sinking the Spanish armada

When Ivan Perisic beat David De Gea at his near post, it became the biggest upset of the tournament. The underdogs were resolute in their approach against the Spanish and Croatia showed immense heart to down the tournament favourites.

Dimitri Payet’s thunderbolt against Romania

It is his year to shine. On the back of a stellar season in the Premier League with West Ham, Dimitri Payet has shown no signs of slowing down. With the opener against Romania delicately balanced at 1-1, Dimitri Payet took matters into his own hands and unleashed a screamer that stayed hit and made him the star of the tournament.

The Italian stallions

The Italians are all about endurance. With the oldest average squad at the Euros, not many gave them a chance in this year’s ‘Group of Death’. Two wins against Belgium and Sweden and two cleansheets later, the world is eating its heart out.

Next, they take on Spain in the round of 16. The Azzurri, led by Gigi Buffon, will be out to exorcise the demons of the 2012 final.

Andres Iniesta – doing his usual

In the absence of Xavi Hernandez, ‘Don Andres’ has taken up the mantle as Spain’s chief technician. His effortless control and immaculate accuracy have already made Andres Iniesta an absolute joy to watch in France.

The Irishmen

Ireland pulled a rabbit out of the bag last night when they beat four time world champions Italy to make it through to the Round of 16. That too, at the expense of the retiring Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Our pick of the game was not Robbie Brady’s strike but Martin O’Neill’s premature merry jig and handshake with Antonio Conte that will be played on a loop for times to come.

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