Kingsley Coman (l.) caught the eye in France's last-16 win over the Republic of Ireland. - © gettyimages / Meunier
Kingsley Coman (l.) caught the eye in France's last-16 win over the Republic of Ireland. - © gettyimages / Meunier

UEFA EURO 2016: Bayern's Coman set to meet Iceland's ice-cool Bundesliga duo

If - as is widely expected - France coach Didier Deschamps changes formation to 4-4-2 for the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter-final against Iceland at the Stade de France on Sunday night (kick-off: 20:00CEST/18:00GMT), then FC Bayern München's Kingsley Coman should return to the starting line-up.

Deschamps' tactical shift will largely have been brought about by the absence of usual holding midfielder N'Golo Kante and seeing how England's 4-3-3 struggled to break down a stubborn Iceland rearguard.

Coman's impact in the 2-1 victory against the Republic of Ireland, however, is certain to have been a factor in the coach’s thinking. Brought on at the break in Lyon, the 20-year-old’s disciplined, direct running opened up the space for Antoine Griezmann to find the net twice and help Les Bleus overturn a half-time deficit.

That width Coman naturally provides is again expected to be key against an Iceland side comfortable defending deep. A nation's hopes now resting partly on his shoulders, the Parisian has come a long way in the space of a season.

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