Euro 2016: Final tournament grades - Round of 16 losers
They weren’t expected to even make the tournament his summer, so to make the knockout rounds is quite exceptional. Their opening game against Poland was a disappointing one and they looked like a side scared to embarrass themselves more than anything. But after that game they sprung into life to pick up 3 points against Ukraine.
They way they went out was cruel, an own goal to a fellow home nation must be sickening, but overall against Wales, they were at times the better side so ultimately they can go home with their heads held high.
Star Man: Michael McGovern
The former Hamilton Academical goalkeeper Pulled off a world-class performance against the World Champions to keep the score down and secure their place in the last 16. It is a certainty that he will get offers from a few top clubs once he returns home.
Best Moment: Niall McGinn goal vs Ukraine
The second goal of the game for Northern Ireland, and the goal that secured their only win of the tournament. Ukraine weren’t great in the tournament but they are still a side to be respected. So for Northern Ireland to get the win really is a fair achievement.
Overall Grade – B
Republic of Ireland
The country with potentially the best fans at the tournament went home after losing 2-1 to hosts France on Sunday. But they too can be proud of what they achieved in the Euro’s this year.
A draw against Sweden and a dramatic win against Italy more than justified their place in the last 16, but the 3-0 loss to Belgium can’t be ignored and showed their limitations to go beyond the round of 16.
Star Man: Robbie Brady
The Norwich City man pulled off some brilliant moments for the Boys in Green, none more so important than the winner against Italy to get out the group. His goal against France gave his nation hopes that their story may have had one more chapter, but it was not to be.
Best Moment: Robbie Brady goal vs Italy.
Ireland knew they needed to win in order to progress to the next round, and while the Italy side was full of rotated players it was still a tough side to beat. So for Robbie Brady to pop up with that header in the dying embers of the match truly will go down as one of Irelands greatest international moments.
Overall Grade – B+