Euro 2016: Seven goals make it a great trip for dad and son

Simon Yeo and son Josh soaking in the atmosphere during the quarter-final at the Stade de France, where the hosts beat Iceland 5-2.
Simon Yeo and son Josh soaking in the atmosphere during the quarter-final at the Stade de France, where the hosts beat Iceland 5-2. PHOTO COURTESY OF SIMON YEO

They were lucky enough to win a trip to Paris to catch one Euro 2016 game live - and even luckier that it turned out to be the highest-scoring match of the tournament so far.

Simon Yeo, general manager of QS Asia, a higher education company, and his 11-year-old son Josh, winners of the Uefa Euro Consumer Programme organised by Continental Tyres and Stamford Tyres, were treated to a feast of goals on Sunday night.

The pair were in the French capital over the weekend, and the highlight was watching the hosts thrash Iceland 5-2 in their quarter-final at the Stade de France.

It was the first Euro game with seven goals since the Netherlands beat Yugoslavia 6-1 in 2000 in the last eight in Rotterdam.

"It's just amazing. I couldn't believe it when they first called to inform me that I was the winner. All thanks to Stamford Tyres and Continental," Yeo told The Straits Times yesterday.

"We watched the France-Iceland quarter-final and my son Josh was extremely excited and happy to watch the match live.

"It's going to be a very memorable trip for us."

For Josh, being able to immerse in the atmosphere and the hype of an Iceland match - witnessing the team's war cry which had become a viral sensation during the tournament - was an experience he will cherish for a lifetime.

"It's a privilege to see rising stars Iceland in real-time action with hosts France. David v Goliath!" he said.

"The atmosphere was simply amazing. The fans of both teams were just unbelievable, cheering for their teams non-stop," added Yeo.

The pair went on a cruise on the Seine river and also enjoyed gourmet fare at Salon des Vedettes.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 05, 2016, with the headline 'Seven goals make it a great trip for dad & son'. Print Edition | Subscribe