France take on surprise package Iceland in the last quarter-final on Sunday and will look to avoid a meltdown like England against the Nordic nation. While preparations for the tricky Iceland clash are ongoing in the French camp, forward Antoine Griezmann produced a heartwarming gesture.
The French forward presented the match ball from his side's 2-1 win over Republic of Ireland to the son of a murdered Paris policeman Jean-Baptiste Salvaing. The cop was murdered by Islamic extremists outside his Paris home just 13 days before, according to a report by the Daily Mail.
Here's the video of the 25-year-old-striker touching gesture
The youngster, called Hugo according to his jersey, shared a hug with the 25-year-old footballer and seemed delighted to have met the new French sensation, after his two goals helped his nation get the better off the Republic of Ireland.
On Sunday when they take on Iceland, France must take the game to Iceland right from the start of their European Championship quarter-final on Sunday or their dream of glory on home soil might end up buried in volcanic ash.
The hosts, who have often had to rely on late rallies, with all of their six goals so far scored in the second half, must wake up early for a change to avoid becoming the next casualties of a tiny country with a heart the size of a continent.
The smallest nation ever to appear at a major soccer event, Iceland reached the last eight with a shock 2-1 win over England and are now dreaming fo a fairytale ending to their run, not unlike that of English club Leicester City, who stunned the soccer world by claiming the Premier League title last season.
With inputs from Reuters
First Published On : Jul 3, 2016 15:10 IST