Icelanders have trouble concentrating on their work today. Numerous businesses have announced they will be closing early, some at 3 pm, others at 3:30. You can’t count on any deals being signed today, because there is no business as usual. Work will be sloppy. Those who left town plan to be back by 4:00 pm. There will no doubt be a traffic jam between 3 and 4 pm. Blood pressure is said to be on the rise.
So is pressure on the Icelandic national football team, which meets Austria today at 4 pm, Icelandic time, in Paris at the UEFA EURO2016. A draw would suffice the team to move on in the championship, but if that goal isn’t accomplished, this will be Iceland’s last game. Should the game end in a draw, Iceland will meet either Germany or Croatia next, according to RÚV.
About ten thousand Icelanders will be attending the game at Stade de France. Their vocals cords will no doubt be strained to the utmost, because they will be far outnumbered by Austrian fans, expected to number 30,000.