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France vs Republic of Ireland Live Score and Commentary

France
FT
2 - 1
Republic of Ireland
A. Griezmann 57'
A. Griezmann 61'
2' R. Brady (P)
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France could have had many more as the game became stretched, but in the end those tow goals were enough
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The red card did not make it any easier for Ireland in the second half and it was always going to be difficult for them once they went behind. 
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The Irish really gave the hosts a scare today! Scoring in the very first minute of the game the first major upset was on the cards but Griezmann once again stepped up when France needed him the most with two well taken goals 
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Peeeeep! PeeeeeP! Peeeep! France are through to the Q/F of UEFA EURO 2016!!
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92' SAVE BY RANDOLPH!! Once again Randolph stands in the way of Griezmann's hattrick!
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90' 3 minutes added on! Coman had a chance to seal the game or at least take it to the corner but luckily for him France have it back and are now playing keep ball
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90' Ireland shout for another penalty as one of their players goes down under a challenge but those claims are waved away
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89' Ireland's long throw cleared away as they try and have one last go at the hosts
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88' Payet now has a go! Straight at Randolph
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87' How many chances does Gignac need to score! HE could have had a hat-trick since coming on. This time he scuffs his shot wide from Griezmann's pick out
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85' GOLDEN CHANCE TO SEAL IT! Matuidi in all kinds of room on the right to pick out Gignac but he can't make contact with the ball!!
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84' Less than 10 minutes left in the game! Ireland have that much time to save themselves. But it is now a french corner
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81' CLOSE AGAIN! First, Randolph produces an instinctive save from Matuidi's ball and then Griezmann almost connects with Payet's looped ball for his hattrick
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79' Another corner for France! Gignac has been very good since coming. Apart from the cross bar he has also produced a save from Randolph
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77' ALMOST THREE! Gignac rattles the cross bar with a brilliant bending effort from his right foot!!
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75' After a very boring game between Portugal and Croatia this really is a breath of fresh air. It has had everything
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74' Gignac comes on for Giroud
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73' There are 18 minutes to play! Is there one last twist in this game?
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72' Hoolahan replaces Mccarthy 
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68' What a comical free kick! First there is pushing and shoving in the wall as Giroud goes down theatrically and when Griezmann finally takes the free kick it hits Giroud and goes out for a goal kick! 
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66' RED CARD FOR DUFFY!! Griezmann was fouled right on the edge when he was through on goal and he slid in to deny him a goalscoring chance. No option for the ref!
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65' WHAT A CHANCE FOR IRELAND!! Mcclean drives into the box but chooses the wrong option and cuts it back to no one! 
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63' What a turnaround this is!!! Plan B finally works! Giroud knocks down a long ball into the path of Griezmann and the forward gives the keeper the eyes and slots it past him to give Les Bleus the lead!!
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62' GRIEZMANN SCORES AGAIN!!!! 2-1!!!
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59' The way the French were knocking at the door it eventually had to come crashing down A peach of a cross from Sagna from the right is met by an equally brilliant header by the Atletico forward and it nestles in the far right corner! And we are back level! 
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58' GRIEZMANN SCORES!!!!! 1-1 
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56' SAVE BY RANDOLPH! Matuidi  lets one rip from distance and the keeper is forced into a save diving to his right but it was at a comfortable height for him
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54 The second half has started at a frantic pace!! France are all over the Irish but look very susceptible on the break
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52' CRUCIAL SAVE BY LLORIS!! Ireland had a 3 on 4 situation on the break, the ball came out wide to Mclean, and he fizzed in a  teasing low ball and Long was waiting but Lloris gets a hand on it and diverts it away in the nick of time!!
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50' Kingsley Coman has been thrown on for N'golo Kante
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49' Payet took the free kick! Came off an Irish defender and Koscielny was at the back post but his header was agonizingly wide!
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The second half is underway!
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Half time France 0-1 Rep. of Ireland
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49' Last minute of added time
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46' DESPERATE DEFENDING from IRELAND! Payet is setup by Giroud, he waits and waits as he tries to ensure he has a clear shot on goal but the Irish have several bodies blocking his shot. The rebound is back in by Griezmann but once again blocked away 
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42' The game is opening up now. Ireland are not hanging back. They are attacking with every opportunity they get. That might concern Martin O Neil' his priority should be to hold on to this lead
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40'  Silly from Hendrick! He wins the foul and as he attempts to get up he kicks the ball that was dropping from the air unnecessarily and he picks up a yellow card
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38' Great control by Shane Long and he earns a corner for his team but Lloris once again commanding in the air to neutralise the threat
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36' France are now trying Plan B hoisting the ball to Giroud. Not working too well though
M. Sissoko
K. Coman
90'+3'
A. Gignac
O. Giroud
73'
72'
S. Long
71'
W. Hoolahan
J. McCarthy
68'
J. O'Shea
J. McClean
66'
S. Duffy
65'
J. Walters
D. Murphy
A. Griezmann
assist: O. Giroud
61'
A. Griezmann
assist: B. Sagna
57'
K. Coman
N. Kanté
46'
A. Rami
44'
41'
J. Hendrick
N. Kanté
27'
25'
S. Coleman
2'
R. Brady, Penalty
Tournament EURO 2016 - 8th Finals
Stadium Groupama Stadium
Match time Sun, 26 Jun 2016, 06:30 PM
Republic of Ireland (4-3-3)
Martin O'Neill (Manager)
1
H. Lloris
3
P. Evra
21
L. Koscielny
4
A. Rami
19
B. Sagna
15
P. Pogba
5
N. Kanté
14
B. Matuidi
8
D. Payet
9
O. Giroud
7
A. Griezmann
23
D. Randolph
17
S. Ward
5
R. Keogh
12
S. Duffy
2
S. Coleman
19
R. Brady
8
J. McCarthy
13
J. Hendrick
11
J. McClean
21
D. Murphy
9
S. Long
Republic of Ireland (4-3-3)
Martin O'Neill (Manager)
France Subs
6
Y. Cabaye
20
K. Coman
23
B. Costil
17
L. Digne
10
A. Gignac
2
C. Jallet
16
S. Mandanda
13
E. Mangala
11
A. Martial
12
M. Schneiderlin
18
M. Sissoko
22
S. Umtiti
Republic of Ireland Subs
15
C. Christie
3
C. Clark
16
S. Given
20
W. Hoolahan
10
R. Keane
7
A. McGeady
18
D. Meyler
4
J. O'Shea
22
S. Quinn
14
J. Walters
1
K. Westwood
6
G. Whelan
68% POSSESSION 32%
25 SHOTS 6
11 SHOTS ON GOAL 1
8 FOULS 12
9 CORNERS 1
0 OFFSIDES 0
2 YELLOW CARDS 3
0 RED CARDS 1
0 SAVES 9
D'oh! No data available
Pos Club P W D L GD Pts
Group A
1 France 3 2 1 0 3 7
2 Switzerland 3 1 2 0 1 5
3 Albania 3 1 0 2 -2 3
4 Romania 3 0 1 2 -2 1
Group B
1 Wales 3 2 0 1 3 6
2 England 3 1 2 0 1 5
3 Slovakia 3 1 1 1 0 4
4 Russia 3 0 1 2 -4 1
Group C
1 Germany 3 2 1 0 3 7
2 Poland 3 2 1 0 2 7
3 Northern Ireland 3 1 0 2 0 3
4 Ukraine 3 0 0 3 -5 0
Group D
1 Croatia 3 2 1 0 2 7
2 Spain 3 2 0 1 3 6
3 Turkey 3 1 0 2 -2 3
4 Czech Republic 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Group E
1 Italy 3 2 0 1 2 6
2 Belgium 3 2 0 1 2 6
3 Republic of Ireland 3 1 1 1 -2 4
4 Sweden 3 0 1 2 -2 1
Group F
1 Hungary 3 1 2 0 2 5
2 Iceland 3 1 2 0 1 5
3 Portugal 3 0 3 0 0 3
4 Austria 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Updated: Jun 26, 2016 20:27 PM | Published: Jun 26, 2016 14:27 PM