Icelandic commentator goes crazy again after win over England

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The Icelandic commentator, who went viral after his national team’s last-gasp 2-1 win over Austria last week, was at it again during the Euro 2016 last-16 tie between Iceland and England in Nice on Monday night.

Iceland produced the shock of the tournament by knocking out their much-fancied opponents; Wayne Rooney scored the opener from the penalty spot but goals from Ragnar Sigurdsson and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson sent the so-called ‘minnows’ through to the quarter-finals.

Gudmundur Benediktsson, the commentator in question, obviously went mental - especially in the moments after referee Damir Skomina blew the full-time whistle. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).


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“This is done! This is done!” Benediktsson is understood to have been shouting, while losing his voice, according to the Guardian. “We are never going home! Did you see that! Did you see that! Never wake me from this amazing dream.

“Boo as you like England! Iceland is going to play France on Sunday. France Iceland! You can go home. You can go out of Europe. You can go wherever the hell you want. England 1 Iceland 2 is the closing score here in Nice. And the fairytale continues.”

Video: Icelandic commentator goes crazy

And his reaction to the goals...

Better than Bjørge Lillelien's speech?

For England fans of a certain age, this would have brought back memories of when the Three Lions were beaten 2-1 by Norway in 1981.

Bjørge Lillelien, on that occasion, shot to fame with his memorable “Your boys took a hell of a beating” speech.

"We are best in the world! We have beaten England! England, birthplace of giants,” he said. "Lord Nelson, Lord Beaverbrook, Sir Winston Churchill, Sir Anthony Eden, Clement Attlee, Henry Cooper, Lady Diana, vi har slått dem alle sammen, vi har slått dem alle sammen! (we have beaten them all, we have beaten them all!). Maggie Thatcher, can you hear me? Maggie Thatcher ... your boys took a hell of a beating! Your boys took a hell of a beating!"

Benediktsson lost his day job last week

Full credit, though, must go to Benediktsson.

After his commentary against Austria, he was informed by KR Reykjavik - an Icelandic football club - that his services were no longer required.

Perhaps Sky Sports or the BBC should give him a call and get him involved for the new Premier League season.

Whose commentary was better: Gudmundur Benediktsson’s or Bjørge Lillelien’s? Have your say by leaving a comment below.

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