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France 2-1 Republic of Ireland

By Shamoon HafezBBC Sport

Hosts France came from behind to beat the Republic of Ireland, who finished with 10 men, and reach the quarter-finals of Euro 2016.

The Republic got off to a stunning start, leading in the second minute, as Robbie Brady converted a penalty after Shane Long was fouled in the box.

But the French hit back through Antoine Griezmann, who nodded in the equaliser before driving in the winning goal.

Shane Duffy was then sent off for a professional foul on Griezmann.

Didier Deschamps' side will face England or Iceland in the next round at Stade de France on Sunday, 3 July (kick-off 20:00 BST).

However, defender Adil Rami and midfielder N'Golo Kante will miss the match through suspension, after picking up their second bookings of the tournament.

O'Neill proud of Irish side after defeat

Lack of firepower hurts Republic

Striker Long had said before the match that his side were not motivated by "revenge" as the sides met for the first time since Thierry Henry's controversial handball led to the Republic's elimination in a World Cup qualifying play-off in 2009.

This was the Irish's first appearance in the knockout stages of the European Championship and their pocket of fans dressed in green at one corner of the stadium in Lyon responded with delight as Paul Pogba bundled over Southampton's Long and Brady converted the spot kick via a post.

It could have been worse for the French had Daryl Murphy's hooked shot not been tipped away by goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

But in the end, they did not have enough firepower up front, failing to hit the target thereafter and ending the tournament with just three goals from four matches.

Under increasing pressure in the second period, Martin O'Neill's defenders held out until the 58th minute, after which they crumbled.

Republic's Robbie Brady rues missed opportunity

France finally coming together?

The French had to regroup after their sloppy start, but showed they are capable of being real contenders if they cut out their mistakes.

Juventus midfielder Pogba was imposing following his early error, having more touches (91) and providing more passes (66) than any player on the field. At the back, centre-halves Rami and Laurent Koscielny were untroubled, while frontman Griezmann clinically took his chances.

France shots
France peppered the Republic of Ireland with shots - nine were on target, eight were off target, six were blocked

The first was a powerful header from Bacary Sagna's cross and the second a composed finish into the bottom corner from Olivier Giroud's flick-on.

France should have had more goals, but Darren Randolph kept out further Griezmann efforts as well as a thumping strike from Blaise Matuidi. The Republic goalkeeper ended the match having made nine saves.

Les Bleus were booed off at half-time by their supporters, but they should know their team only come alive in the second half of matches, having now scored 11 of their past 12 European Championship goals in the second period.

The result in Paris was their first victory in the knockout stages of the Euros since their extra-time triumph over Italy in the final of Euro 2000.

Man of the match - Antoine Griezmann (France)

Antoine Griezmann
Atletico Madrid striker Griezmann kept his country in the tournament with two well-taken goals

What they said:

Republic of Ireland defender Seamus Coleman: "We are just so disappointed at the minute. I suppose that shows how well we have done. I just felt like it was there for us today.

"Our fans were unbelievable and we'd love to go a bit further for them, but we hope we made people proud because our fans are amazing and everyone back home is amazing."

France forward Antoine Griezmann: "We struggled to get into the game and we still have a long way to go, so we will need to improve. But we are going to enjoy this and make the most of it.

"My family were in the stands as Lyon is basically my home town so that adds to it. I hope to be able to continue in this vein and to help the team."

Lloris pleased to beat 'very tough' Irish

The stats you need to know:

  • France came from behind to win a Euro finals game for the first time since 2004 (against England).
  • Griezmann is the first France player to score three goals in a single European Championship finals since Zinedine Zidane in 2004 (3).
  • Robbie Brady is the first player to score in consecutive European Championship finals matches for the Republic of Ireland.
  • The Republic scored with their only shot on target of the match.

Line-ups

France

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Lloris
  • 19Sagna
  • 4RamiBooked at 44mins
  • 21Koscielny
  • 3Evra
  • 14Matuidi
  • 5KantéBooked at 27minsSubstituted forComanat 45'minutesSubstituted forSissokoat 90+3'minutes
  • 15Pogba
  • 7Griezmann
  • 9GiroudSubstituted forGignacat 73'minutes
  • 8Payet

Substitutes

  • 2Jallet
  • 6Cabaye
  • 10Gignac
  • 11Martial
  • 12Schneiderlin
  • 13Mangala
  • 16Mandanda
  • 17Digne
  • 18Sissoko
  • 20Coman
  • 22Umtiti
  • 23Costil

R. of Ireland

Formation 4-3-3

  • 23Randolph
  • 2ColemanBooked at 25mins
  • 12DuffyBooked at 66mins
  • 5Keogh
  • 17Ward
  • 13HendrickBooked at 41mins
  • 8McCarthySubstituted forHoolahanat 71'minutes
  • 19Brady
  • 9LongBooked at 72mins
  • 21MurphySubstituted forWaltersat 65'minutes
  • 11McCleanSubstituted forO'Sheaat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Westwood
  • 3Clark
  • 4O'Shea
  • 6Whelan
  • 7McGeady
  • 10Keane
  • 14Walters
  • 15Christie
  • 16Given
  • 18Meyler
  • 20Hoolahan
  • 22Quinn
Referee:
Nicola Rizzoli
Attendance:
56,279

Match Stats

Home TeamFranceAway TeamR. of Ireland
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home25
Away6
Shots on Target
Home11
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, France 2, Republic of Ireland 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, France 2, Republic of Ireland 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, France. Moussa Sissoko replaces Kingsley Coman because of an injury.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Blaise Matuidi (France).

  5. Post update

    Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Antoine Griezmann (France) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dimitri Payet.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dimitri Payet (France) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kingsley Coman.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. André-Pierre Gignac (France) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Kingsley Coman with a cross.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jonathan Walters (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Shane Long.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. André-Pierre Gignac (France) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Blaise Matuidi with a cross.

  11. Post update

    Corner, France. Conceded by Stephen Ward.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kingsley Coman (France) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dimitri Payet.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Blaise Matuidi (France) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by André-Pierre Gignac.

  14. Post update

    Hand ball by Wes Hoolahan (Republic of Ireland).

  15. Post update

    Corner, France. Conceded by Stephen Ward.

  16. Post update

    Corner, France. Conceded by Richard Keogh.

  17. Post update

    Corner, France. Conceded by John O'Shea.

  18. Post update

    André-Pierre Gignac (France) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Blaise Matuidi.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. André-Pierre Gignac (France) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kingsley Coman with a through ball.

  20. Post update

    Corner, France. Conceded by Stephen Ward.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France32104137
2Switzerland31202115
3Albania310213-23
4Romania301224-21

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wales32016336
2England31203215
3Slovakia31113304
4Russia301226-41

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany32103037
2Poland32102027
3Northern Ireland31022203
4Ukraine300305-50

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia32105327
2Spain32015236
3Turkey310224-23
4Czech Rep301225-31

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy32013126
2Belgium32014226
3R. of Ireland311124-24
4Sweden301213-21

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hungary31206425
2Iceland31204315
3Portugal30304403
4Austria301214-31
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