Iceland made it to the Euro 2016 quarterfinals in its first appearance in a major competition.

By The SI Staff
July 04, 2016

Iceland's national team is receiving a hero's welcome in Reykjavik on Monday, a day after it was ousted from Euro 2016 by host France after a 5-2 defeat in Paris. 

Iceland made it to the quarterfinals in its first appearance in a major competition. After qualifying by beating the Netherlands twice en route to a second-place finish in its group, Iceland went 1-0-2 in the group stage in France. It famously tied Portugal, sparking some salty remarks from Cristiano Ronaldo, and it beat Austria on a stoppage-time goal that inspired one of the more memorable goal calls of the competition and resulted in a second-place finish in the group, ahead of Portugal.

Iceland beat England in the round of 16 before succumbing to France, which scored four times in the opening 45 minutes to remove all doubt.

Upon their return home, Iceland players and staff rode through town on an open-top bus, getting cheered along the way down to a rally on Arnarholl hill, where so many fans have been gathering for watch parties over the last few weeks. They were introduced one by one, with Iceland prime minister Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson and outgoing co-manager Lars Lagerback addressing the crowd. 

Of course, there was time for plenty of "HUH!" chants along the way, including one to top them all at the end, with the team and fans clapping in unison:


Watch Iceland's full welcome home here:

GALLERY: Iceland fans watch Euro 2016 quarterfinals in Reykjavik

Next up for Iceland is 2018 World Cup qualifying. It is in a group with Croatia, Turkey, Ukraine, Finland and Kosovo, with the group winner qualifying for the World Cup in Russia. The top eight second-place finishers from the nine groups advance to the playoff round.

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