One thing is as clear as the crystal waters of the Cote D’Azur which line the way to the majestic Stade de Nice stadium: Iceland is ready to go to battle with England. Ahead of their EURO 2016 Round of 16 clash in Nice on Monday, the Icelandic group called this match a “win-win” situation. Nobody expects them to beat England but the tiny nation which has won the hearts of fans across the globe during this tournament isn’t going down without a fight. Sat in front of the media on Sunday, Iceland’s joint-manager Heimir Hallgrimsson delivered a rousing and poignant response when asked about the infamous “cod wars” between Iceland and England, a dispute from 1958-61 regarding fishing rights in the North Atlantic.
While the legion fans, overwhelmingly clad in Argentina's iconic white and light blue, waited for their dinner to cook through, they danced to the thrum of drums. The big game, the final of the one-off Copa America Centenario between the world's top-ranked team and the defending champions from Chile, was a full three hours away. In front of them, another tense Copa final would play out, which, like last year's regular edition of the tournament, would see Chile beat Argentina on penalties after a scoreless game.