Iceland celebrates

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June 28, 2016
file Icelandic football fans watch on a large screen the Euro 2016 round of 16 match between Iceland and England in Reykjavik, Iceland on Monday.

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP):

Iceland celebrated its team's historic win with some very appropriate English music.

We Are the Champions , the anthem from British band Queen blared from bars around the capital as thousands of locals poured into the streets to dance and sing following Iceland's improbable 2-1 victory over England at the European Championship.

The win, perhaps the biggest shock in the tournament's history, put Iceland in the quarter-finals against France in the country's very first appearance at a major tournament.

"Whoever's not out celebrating is probably trying to get a ticket to France for the next game," said Thorir Gudmundsson, a charity worker from Reykjavik.

Many fans watched the match on giant outdoor screens in the city, while others stayed home to watch on TV and listen to the commentary of Gudmundur Benediktsson.

"Gummi Ben," as Benediktsson is known, has become something of an Internet celebrity during Euro 2016 for his energetic, boisterous announcing.

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