Aron Gunnarsson, every inch the bearded Viking, ran shirtless toward the Iceland fans and led them in their victory chants. Beating England at the European Championship was more than just Iceland's greatest sporting success.
Monday was a moment of national triumph in a country where the team's improbable progress from the group stage had already outshone coverage of Saturday's presidential election. The Scandinavian nation of just 330,000 people, by the far the smallest country to qualify for a European Championship, inflicted a shattering 2-1 defeating on England - the country that has been the model for Icelandic football for decades.
"We are a little bit colored by our love for the English football, so probably this game means a little bit more to us, who have been watching English football since we were born," Lagerback's co-coach Heimir Hallgrimsson said. As for playing host nation France in a quarterfinal on Sunday, Hallgrimsson added: "I will take it."