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Hello, this is Jonathan Pearce in Lyon where unchained Ireland's try
to make history by knocking out France. The bookies don't give them
a chance, but some of the French press do. The quarterfinals at
stake. -- unchanged island. France revert to their strongest line-up.
Kante, Payet, Matuidi were arrested in the last game. They have had six
days training for this game. -- were rested for the last game.
The referee took the 2014 World Cup final, and here, England against
Russia. Ireland have just -- had just three
days training for this and in this stifling heat they won't be able to
press as intensely or for as long as they did against Italy. They are
unchanged. Shane Long ran Laurent Koscielny ragged, scoring two for
Southampton against Arsenal this season.
Mark, word from you before we start? I feel everything is stacked against
Ireland. You say about the amount of time the French have had, probably
ten against one in terms of supporters in the stadium, and the
weather is hot. They will not be bothered one iota. They will be up
for this fight. The temperature in the stadium around 23 Celsius, 73
Fahrenheit. Down on the pitch it will be more intense than that. A
beautiful, sunny day. Outside this futuristic stadium, in the green
Fields of France, the red poppies dance, and that will not be the only
Irish song being sung here if they can pull off one of the great
international upsets. Cana Ireland do to France what they
did to Italy? A Captain's summons from Seamus Coleman. What a day for
him. He led that hug in the middle. And the boys in green, the green
shirts, will get us under way, kicking from left to right in this
first half. Back to the captain. Coleman. Into
McCarthy, who has started all three games and has gone off in all three.
Had the injury problem at the end of the domestic season. Richard Keogh
and Duffy staying in at centre-back. Ward, who injured his ankle in the
first half against Italy, but shot -- soldiered on. An early field of
the ball for Darren Randolph. -- feel. And ever present in the finals
and very much now the Republic number one. Duffy of Blackburn
Rovers. They will need him in the air against Giroud. On by Murphy.
Rami came to claim it but didn't get there.
Early cross, Rami has slipped. Murphy. Can Shane Long get the shot
away? He tumbles, and it's a penalty to Ireland. Such a clumsy challenge.
No protest from the French. Sensational start.
Completely got tangled up in each other's feet. Paul Pogba, in that
area that sort of challenge is so risky.
Very similar penalty that he'd immediately get -- conceded against
Romania. The referee has made Robbie Brady
wait a long time, the man who scored the goal against Italy to bring
Ireland to this stage has the responsibility so early in the game.
One minute and 50 seconds played. Brady to stun the French, the host.
Yes, he does! Off the post, but it doesn't matter. A stunning start.
That is absolutely fantastic. And along the way, in terms of getting
the cross in, how well did Stephen Ward do? Absolutely brilliant. Just
abject panic in the French penalty area. We said before that they have
a weakness at the back and it's been proven already so early in the game.
Inexperience inside his own penalty area. Off the post and in. Doesn't
matter, you don't save it. The post and in from one of the best players
in the tournament. He has had a cracking Euro 2016, and all French
eyes will be on Pogba. A big debate in France for the last two and a
half weeks has concerned Pogba. Should he or shouldn't he start? The
other thing is, how easily did Murphy outjump Rami?
The sooner Shane Long went for it, the French were jittery. Evra, back
with him there. -- as soon as Shane Long went for it. Payet will take
the corner kick. Griezmann has gone in the six yard box. Rami up from
the back, and Koscielny, and Giroud. Pogba on the edge of the area,
trying to redeem himself. Evra is in there as well. Referee wants a word.
Why do they even bother? They run back and just get at it again.
That's the way it is. In towards Rami. Good defending by Richard
Keogh. Kante. In came Pogba. Back by Koscielny.
Still the danger, Griezmann, such a talented player. That was done
calmly, to Randolph. That was one of the most fiercely contested corners
I have seen in the tournament. What a start.
Ireland have only scored once against France since October 1981,
and it came in that hotly contested second leg qualifier in 2009.
Griezmann. He has had an in and out sort of tournament.
Murphy was beaten by Rami. Back into the squad because of the injury to
the rain. -- Varane. The French supporters trying to
rally their team. It looks like Pogba is playing on
the left. They have had to sort of mix and amend. Because Matuidi is
better suited to play on the left-hand side for PSG, but Pogba
wants to play there. Matuidi has had to play on the right-hand side and
there has been criticism of that in the print media. Serious questions
about the ability of their national team to stay in the competition, and
at the moment they are 1-0 down. They are right. Pogba, good run.
Payet, Griezmann behind him. Evra is available. The cross came in,
suspicion of handball and the referee played no advantage. Now he
gives the handball. It was handball as well. McCarthy.
I don't know what that was about. The replay did not show the
handball. It came in and hit him. James McCarthy, born in Glasgow.
This is certainly a free kick that should suit Payet.
The world does its job -- the wall. They should deal with this. They do.
Well done. You are absolutely right. The goalkeeper takes his position
from where the wall and is make sure he can see it. That was rather easy
in the end. Darren Randolph will not be holding onto the ball for too
long. He had a long period out of the team, but the last three games
for West Ham, Adrian was injured. Here is Pogba. Slip says Manning
gets in the cross. Griezmann. Great play from Pogba. He was almost
forced out towards the Exeter the stadium but somehow managed to get
his cross in. He's brilliant here. Griezmann, 32 goals for Atletico
Madrid. All the way to be the Champions League runners-up. Nine in
his last 13. Just the one here. Rami, tussling with Daryl Murphy, at
six foot three. Did a good job against the Italians. Payet.
Griezmann. Matuidi has it again. A rude
awakening for the hosts. Ireland's early goal. In the second minute, at
that. Corner kick to France. It's going to
be in examination down Ireland's right here. Seamus Coleman is in for
a busy day with Pogba and Evra. Payet with the corner. Rami attacks
the near post. Maybe got a touch. Cleared away. Only getting it to the
halfway line. He looks a bit nervy, Evra. Gave the
ball away, then a stupid tackle. As they came out to warm up before
kick-off, I thought their faces were tight and tense, especially the
goalkeeper. They looked nervy. Big pressure on them.
David Bowie, under pressure. Showing your age. Evra felt -- felt he was
fouled. McCarthy. Long. He thought Coleman was coming
on to win. McCarthy Anjou Ryu there. -- and Giroud there.
Giroud must have known what to expect today. For Ireland, it is
virtually a second knockout tie in four days. The first one against
Italy was win or bust, but this is a genuine knockout game. He has had
plenty of experience of FA Cup ties against opponents like the Irish.
Comes a long way to win that, but he did well. Payet. Matuidi. Think he
wants to come left. Payet. Good switch. Sagna, who has got
stronger as the tournament has gone on. Griezmann. A good spell here for
France. Antoine Griezmann. Brilliant header away. Saved his team, Shane
Duffy, because Giroud was hovering. Nice strength in the air, Shane
Duffy, really attacks the ball well. Switch allegiance from Northern
Ireland in 2010, Shane Duffy. I think that comes off Giroud. Just so
lively in there. It feels like there is 20 players in there. It is a late
lead. He was stretching all the time. -- late lead. So strong in the
campaign. It's only his fifth International. Made his debut last
month against Costa Rica, then was recalled in March. Had a brilliant
against Switzerland. -- a brilliant game.
Pogba. That is easy for Ireland to deal with. Shane Long, at the
moment, he is having to play the right side of midfield because
Hendrick is tucked in a little bit. There is a danger that Seamus
Coleman might be overrun in terms of numbers. France are unbeaten in
seven, winning six of them, going back to November when they played
England. They have only ever lost once in Lille, that was in 1968.
This is a brand-new stadium, of course. Ward. Payet sucked Coleman
in. He felt he was fouled and pulled back.
There is an undertone in this game, it's great. Proper game of football.
If you want to fight Ireland, if you are French, you won't win. I bet
Didier Deschamps said to them, don't get sucked into a boxing match. Too
late. His team are ahead at the moment. See what he said, put it in
there. He knows they can cause problems.
The odd couple's team are ahead. Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane.
Hesitating before housing -- running on an pressurising his man. Good
decision. Griezmann. Chased by Brady and plenty of pace, Griezmann. That
is why McCarthy is in the team. Has the legs to get across and cover.
You watch those games yesterday, this has started at 100 mph, faster
than all of the games yesterday. This is what knockout football
should be about. Not playing for penalties. An early goal has helped.
France came here having topped the group, topping a group that the
first time since 2004. -- for the first time. Lloris comes to punch as
Along comes in. -- Long. Unbeaten in 15 games at major tournaments at
home, France. But they note -- know that the French defence looks a bit
suspect, those Ireland fans. I bumped into a fair few fans who
have been here from the start from the Republic. They are a bit weary,
I think it is fair to say. One third of the Republic of Ireland watched
the game against Italy. Astonishing. And nice phase of play for Ireland.
The hectic nature has died down a bit. That suits them.
Trying to make space for himself. Matuidi comes across from the
left-hand side. Shane Long goes back in and fouls Ogbonna. -- fouls
Pogba. He will be worried about the
physicality from Shane Long, that is for sure. Payet. He had a substitute
role against Switzerland but looked so much brighter when he came on.
Giroud is currently standing offside.
In it comes, flicked on by Griezmann. Good ball in, wasn't it?
Good touch by Griezmann. Again, Randolph in the perfect position.
This will give the Republic of Ireland a chance to get some liquid,
because it is baking hot and they will take any chance to refresh
themselves. I remember being in Orlando in 1994 in the World Cup
when Jack Charlton and John Aldridge went barmy at the referee who would
not allow substitutions to be made and let fluid be taken on board. I
picked not get up and put anyone off, but I did it in my trunks in
that game. It was that hot. The humidity was off the scale. A bit
too much information, even for me. Sorry. I am the delicate nature, as
know. -- as you know. Brilliant player, Pogba. He might
not be having the greatest tournament here that if you are
lucky enough to have seen him for Juventus this season, he really has
sparkled at times. And he's young, of course, only 23. Well claimed by
Koscielny. McCarthy, good header. Intelligently played to Murphy.
Hendrick, who's had a good tournament. McCarthy. Very bright
early on to the Republic of Ireland. That is a lovely ball. Stephen Ward.
The Dubliner goes beyond his man. And he gets it back again from James
McClean. They just keep it simple, get a
chance to cross it, then cross it. Stephen Ward, once of Bohemians. Now
at Burnley. Looking for Murphy. Got away from his man so easily.
Hendrick, back to the goalkeeper, but another chance for the Republic
of Ireland. Again, from a ball in the penalty area, a throw this time.
Abject panic. It's very difficult for a manager as
well, in the case of Didier Deschamps if your defenders are
skittish. It's all very well saying you must do this and that, you are
not in the middle of it. They have badly missed Varane. Payet.
Griezmann out wide. Hendrick needed to win it. Kante closing quickly.
Gets it back again from Brady. Sagna is on the overlap, doesn't use him.
Straight at the goalkeeper. The that is probably three quarters
saves he's made. He better get used to it, Darren Randolph. Still has to
save it. Really good save in the end. He can't believe it. -- believe
it. I just hope Ireland can keep this up
in the way that they are harrying the French. It is a big ask, that.
That is a foul. The only thing good about this, it may be too far for
Monsieur Payet. Not sure you should issue that type of challenge. The
player will want to take it. Scored three in the friendly matches they
played between the European Championships and this World Cup. An
absolute belter against Cameroon. And the winning goal against
Romania. It is going to be Pogba. It is so hot here, the referee 's spray
completely disappears before the free kick is taken. Pogba, good
effort. Well positioned, Darren Randolph. He looks a bit angry. Not
a lot he could do about that. It is a good save and a great strike. He
read it well. Pogba without a goal for France since October.
Rummy. -- Ramey. They had not allowed opponents are shot on target
in 205 minutes of action in these finals. The only shots on target
have been the Rumanian penalty and then, again, today, a penalty. Payet
is still down. That is not the type of ball to playing Giroud, as well.
-- to play in. Yellow for Seamus Coleman for the foul on Payet. Needs
to be careful. Can't argue with that.
The raffle. McCarthy, Coleman and Ward came into the game on yellow
cards. Rami. He was recalled to the sound
the -- recalled to the side because of an injury to Varane. Griezmann
dropping deep to play make. He took that across his body, Matuidi.
Square pegs and round holes. He doesn't want to be there. It is to
accommodate Pogba. Kante. Didn't get there. Republic of Ireland had
cover. Coleman. Duffy. McClean. Yellow. Kante. That's him out of the
next round. Might not be in it! It is fair to say that the flop was the
Africa will. -- theatrical. All the way through. Even then,
Duffy almost got on the end of that. Just panic every time it comes in
their from the French. Duffy had that terrible injury in training, he
severed and artery in his liver. He had just changed allegiance. He lost
pints and pints of blood. The Republic of Ireland in their
first ever knockout game in the European Championships lead the
hosts. Fields of Athenrye being heard. It has such meaning for
Republic of Ireland fans. Very popular with mutual fans here in
France as well. From Dublin to Galway, they all sing the song. It's
a physical encounter. Yes, great! Both going for the ball. Exactly the
same time. It tells you all you need to know about the boots, sorry,
slippers. This is crucial for Ireland. I don't think anyone could
do the job for them that Shane Long does for them. France have got at
full-back. He seems to have come off worse.
He is a toughie, Shane Long. The French President, Francois Hollande.
He's been at all the games. All the French games! Not too much cheer in
that crowd, is that was matter I was getting confident with my schoolboy
French the other day and have a John please moment. I had no idea what he
was saying. -- John Cleese. The Irish fans were singing. That was a
terrible ball from Rami. Long seems to be moving OK. He is a toughie.
Certainly is. Joe Kenny boy. -- Kilkenny.
Taken aback, stealing too many yards. -- taking it back.
I am not sure that it was from there, by the way. Stealing the same
amount of yards, as Martin O'Neill has just pointed out.
Up goes Murphy. Pressure from Hendrik on Kante. He has had a good
tournament, a really good tournament, the Derby County player.
He has come of age. One of a number of Dubliners in the side. Saint
Kevin 's boys club, he used to play for. I'm not sure about that, that
is two threes and a six. He had his hand on his shirt. Having done the
hard work. And the referee gave it. Martin O'Neill in the press playing
down talk of Ireland gunning for revenge for the Thierry Henry
handball. He will be worried about this. Hendrik has got a knock on the
fly. -- Hendrick. He missed eight of the last nine Derby County games
with a thigh problem last season. He was rapped by Pogba. Watch list now.
He played every minute of the last seven qualifying games to get
Ireland to France, where they lead the French. France then to get
stronger in the second period of games. Dangerous. Richard Keogh was
up there. Two defenders giving security in the
box. Jeff Hendrick is down again. This looks worrying. The referee had
a word with Darren Randolph for taking his time over the goalkick.
But Randolph knew that Jeff Hendrick was down. Talking of security in the
stadium, intensified before the game because the French President is
here, there was a double ring of steel, sharpshooters on the roof,
Armed Forces. Problem here for Hendrick. Stating the obvious, it
was a kick, but it did not seem that bad. Normally if it is just a knock,
you can run it off. That's the sound of 40 5000-50,000 I rate French
fans. -- irate. Didier Deschamps. They are going absolutely mad here.
He is taking his time to go off. He is limping. What do they want?
I think he's going to try and come back on, Hendrick. On comes
Hendrick. Giroud isolated. He is just getting caught, they are both
just fighting him, Duffy and Keogh. Ramey gets underneath Murphy. --
Rami. Ten minutes ago in this half. Crucial for Ireland that they it
like this. Griezmann allowed to turn. That is dangerous. Good cover
by Duffy, coming to meet the ball. James McClean off and speeding down
the left-hand side. That is the first time we have seen McClean
getting away from Sagna, who was daydreaming. Rami did really well.
Griezmann. Free kick to France again. At the moment they are just
absolutely rattled. They seriously are. That was a poor decision by
Payet. Here is Rami. Good decision by the referee and a quick throw
into Murphy. He played the percentages. McClean. Hendrick is in
the middle, Shane Long arriving the. Shane Long, superbly done. I thought
that he had forced a corner, but Evra kept it in. I make that the
best first touch of the tournament from Shane Long. It was the
assistant referee who gave the corner. What is in front of the goal
line referee? Touch, this. Unbelievable. Hawk-Eye will tell us
when the ball is out of play. If they give him a shot of it. Corner
sailing in to the hands of lorries. -- Lloris. Giving him a free ride
just to come and catch it. Ireland are the Lake show expert at these
finals. The Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill will be
delighted to see that. Great pressure from McClean. He has ran up
and down, up and down. Long pressures Evra. He knew he was
there. Shane Long holding his thigh again. Some bumps and bruises out
there. It's all right if that is what they are. It is strains and
Paul's... -- pulls. Payet. Under pressure and squeezes
it away to a great roar from the crowd. Good decision, referee. The
ball was kicked away by Shane Long, and he has got a yellow card for it.
Was it Hendrick? Hendrick was fouled. What has he given a yellow
card for? I thought it might have been because Shane Long kick the
ball away. His shoulders are slumping because he's on a yellow
card already anyway. And each year was there. Good pressure in the air.
-- Richard here was there. They just look so disjointed defensively,
France. Duffy 's header it was. That is a push by Giroud. Not given.
Brady has done well for the public of Ireland again. Shane Long.
Challenged by Kashani. The player with Stephen Ward arriving on the
overlap. Pressure on Hugo Lloris. Some football former Republic of
Ireland. Pogba. -- for -- from there.
Yellow card, play on. Coleman. Ireland getting up a head of steam
again. He is embarrassed. He has got to watch it. There is just no clear
pattern from the French, seem unsure what they are trying to do at the
moment. Ireland know exactly what they are doing in every situation,
but not the French. They have gone through to this stage with moments
of individual brilliance, the French, rather than a wonderful team
plan. Pogba, with Griezmann in the middle. It ends up just behind him,
and given away by McCarthy. That has got to be a yellow, surely. It is.
Long, hurt again. Rami, his second card of the competition. Didier
Deschamps a perplexed man. As he sits there with his assistant, who
was there with him at Marseille. They just cannot get any continuity
in their play at all, the French. The French midfield players are
keeping their heads down when they get the ball, they are anticipating
the challenge coming in, and they are not being disappointed. Part of
the game plan is that they come up against these French players in the
Premier League every week, the Republic of Ireland players to play
at that level. No Griezmann Matuidi, but the rest of them... Pogba, who
gave away the penalty. Pogba holds off the challenge from
Brady and goes again. Strength and purpose. That is that ball again.
Griezmann tried to play Giroud in. He is not that type of player. He
has no acceleration whatsoever, to get in there, Giroud. His possible
replacement has been Gignac, who is not that type of player. They might
put Griezmann through their later. Absolutely. That is what a lot of
the French press have been calling for. Murphy stays down on his
haunches. They have put in some effort, the Republic of Ireland.
Payet skips away. Payet takes the extra touch the work the angle.
Griezmann, good block. The Republic of Ireland throwing bodies in the
way. I think it was Duffy who got in the way. Matuidi is in space on the
far corner of the box. Evra. Four menace of stoppage time. Griezmann
into the box. Again they try and play in a Giroud. He wasn't
expecting it. He was on his heels. This is a poor cross. They get
themselves in a bit of a mess, Ireland, but boy, do they get bodies
on their way. 56,279, the Crown. Probably 50,000 French in here. At
the moment it is the green clad Republic of Ireland supporters who
have the advantage. Griezmann is allowed to turn again.
Payet. Not many bookies would have had
this. 9/1 outsiders, the Republic of Ireland for this game. Now the
French are having to go long. Their victory against Italy the
other night was their first since 1988 here against England. Other
famous victories 1- the Republic of Ireland. In qualifying against
Germany -- 1-0 for the Republic of Ireland.
That was won by Murphy, but going nowhere.
We have already had three minutes nearly of the four additional
minutes. Keogh. I would pay to be in the French
dressing room at half-time to hear what Didier Deschamps says to his
players. Giroud's header to Bognor. Hendrick is doubling up. Still got
the cross in. -- two Pogba. Away by big Shane Duffy.
Didier Deschamps, half-time in the 1998 World Cup final, he rattled
into the team and got them going. And they won that, and he will
rattle into them as manager, and he will need to. Because at the moment,
it is 1-0 for the boys in green. France making a change at half-time.
Kingsley Coman is coming on for Angola can take, the Leicester City
player, who has had a yellow card -- N'Golo Kante. If they go through, he
will be suspended for the next round. Tactically, that makes a real
change. Coman is a flier who will come onto the right-hand side. I
imagine it means that Pogba will play in a slightly deeper role, and
Matuidi will move to his more natural left-hand side. It will look
more like a 4-4-2 formation for France as Coman comes on for his
fourth appearance of the finals. They've had to do something, and
they have done it. Off we go in the second half, France
or in blue and they have made the change with Kingsley Coman on for
Matuidi. -- all in blue. Kingsley Coman on for Kante, I should say.
Matuidi has moved to his more natural left-hand side. Pogba is
tucked in on the right-hand side. Payet nominally on the right but
more of a 4-4-2 player coming in. That is Sagna.
In two Pogba. What do you think of the change? You should get Pogba and
Matuidi to play as a too, to be honest with you. You know about
Coman, he gives them natural width, rather than Bacary Sagna. Pogba.
Brilliant. Wonderful bit of play. Griezmann. Sagna.
Away by Shane Long. He was bumped and bruised in the first half. Evra.
It is important for Ireland to keep pushed up as much as possible. Nine
of France's last ten European Championship goals have been scored
after half-time. That is a worry for Ireland. The sun has dipped behind
the ground, which is good news that Ireland. Shane Long went through the
gap, but he slipped. He's unlucky. He would have been favourite to get
that. Payet, taking on Coleman. They will need to double up in there.
Free kick given against the Irish skipper. Brings him a yellow card. A
crunching run between two defenders, that becomes a collision, and they
will always get the foul. There will not be many more in the game for
Seamus Coleman. He has got to watch it. Randolph wants to win the wall.
-- two in the wall. In it comes. Delicately done, a
little flick man Pogba arriving at the far post, and heading wide was
Koscielny. You should always expect it, that is why you are in there.
Just seemed to react a little bit late, Koscielny. There was a touch
of Stephen Ward, was there? His last goal for France came against
Scotland, Laurent Koscielny. He did actually play every game in the warm
up stages. Brady. Murphy, good work, really
good football. Long will hold and wait for support. Hendrick is the
dummy. Good stuff from the Republic of Ireland. Here is Murphy. But it
ended there. Could have got the ball wide to James McClean.
He has paced, Kingsley Coman. Ashley has paced. Giroud. Coman goes to the
left -- he has pace. Coleman against Coman. And no winner. Didier
Deschamps with a big gamble here. Will he be remembered for all of the
great things he has done for France, the manager? They have certainly
come out with a different attitude in the second half, the French. Much
more energy. Gambled the priceless legacy of his footballing past on
one decision, Didier Deschamps to he may be remembered for that awful
decision if it doesn't pay off. Not the only one, this week.
Pogba. Battling in there with Brady. How about that? Pogba has come out,
and the French crowd loved it. Matuidi. Payet.
Didn't know where the ball had gone, Giroud fouled his man. And he
complains. Definitely used his arm. You can see Griezmann there, when he
played for Germany against France last year his sister was in Le
Bataclan, the scene of that terrible terrorist outrage. She got away.
McCarthy underneath it. Griezmann won it. Duffy. Brady can turn into
space. Murphy, cutely done. Hendrick, came to his left side.
James McClean, Murphy getting across his man. Nearly came to Shane Long
and it is just pushed away by Lloris. Great saving the end, he has
to make the decision, Lloris, as the ball comes across the box. Good
football by the Republic of Ireland. France look good at the moment.
They do look strong, the French, but they don't get enough numbers in the
box. There is only Giroud. Payet goes the goal. -- for goal.
I just think at the moment, they are just playing in front of Ireland,
which is great for them. This is a good save. A strong left-hand as
well. In the corridor of uncertainty.
You sense that Shane Long was ready to pounce. He saved his country,
Lloris. His 79th appearance, and a record-breaking 55th appearance as
captain. Here is James McClean. Rather caught betwixt and between.
Sagna has had a very good game for France. Pogba, long, leggy and
always willing to carry. Payet. He goes inside Coleman. The shot was
well blocked by McCarthy. Longer could not get beyond Evra.
Matuidi is there. Shane Long with the challenge. He is so game, isn't
he? Works his socks off. Jeff Hendrick was cautioned for
kicking the ball away, and that means he will miss a potential
quarterfinal with England in Paris, the winners of that England and
Iceland game. Giroud. If it does not come off for
him soon, the French fans might turn on Olivier Giroud. Not their son.
I'm surprised he started. Benzema may have been here, and Valbuena was
also left out because of the scurrilous goings-on. Many people
think that Hatem Ben Arfa should have been here. We had a great
season with Marseille. But the tournament came fast and furious. No
one can deny his workrate. Pogba. There is not great movement in front
of the French ball-carriers. Matuidi and Griezmann had to stretch. Cut
out by Keogh. Rock-solid again at the back for the Republic of
Ireland. A chance for Matuidi. Good save,
Darren Randolph. Fortunately he had a good sighting of the shot. The
French are getting closer. Can Ireland hold on?
A fourth French corner. Taken short by Poyet. Long was there. -- Payet.
Got away with one, Ireland, they just fell asleep. Matuidi with a
dialling -- diving header. Dimitri Payet. Keogh again.
Pogba, slipping it to Griezmann, who was unaware. He glared at Paul
Pogba. The thing with Matuidi and Pogba,
who is going to sit? There could be a chance for an Ireland counter. The
answer is nobody. Longer by Pogba. Didier Deschamps has taken a real
chance ear. -- here. A good tournament. The only played
15 times for West Ham this season. -- he's only played.
Pogba did not get a shout from Rami that Murphy was there. And the
French are bickering between themselves. Matuidi, strong as an
ox. Always has been. He got there first. Coman, back to Griezmann.
Payet. He picks a pass and brings in Sagna. Looking for Giroud, looking
for Griezmann, looking for the equaliser and they have got it.
Just shy of the hour. He has looked busy at the start of the second
half. Yes, I think it was the first decent cross he has hit. Out of his
feet, great ball in and just freed up the space for Griezmann. It is a
really good cross to the centre of the goal. Nobody near him.
Danger signs are flashing for Ireland now.
The pressure on Didier Deschamps is absolutely immense. But the hosts
are right back in it. And the pendulum has swung.
It would just be interesting now to see if the French play with the same
intensity now they are level in the game. That is a flag.
He has had a great season, Griezmann. They have missed a trick,
the French hosts, they had given out the flags to all of the supporters
in the games. Very colourful, very passionate. Far more passionate than
it was at this stage in 1998. Hendrick with the throw, and allowed
to go. Mistake by Pogba and it comes back out to board. He thought it
deflected off Sagna. It did! How can they not see that, the officials?
The flight of the ball! Crikey! It was Rami, not Sagna. You can see off
the flight of the ball that it went off someone.
Griezmann. He arcs in the cross, too high for Coman. Brady, who is tired.
Payet. That was a poor header and a poor clearing header that would
Ireland in danger yet again. I think Martin O'Neill might be thinking
about making a change. Fresh legs. A few players had knocks in the first
half. 15 efforts in the game by France.
In the World Cup of 1990, in Rome, when the hearts were broken for
Ireland by the hosts by Schillaci. The Irish have said that if they
could win this one, it would be an even greater runs at the last eight.
They still have to win it though. Giroud. Griezmann, in space to
finish it. It has all turned around. Antoine Griezmann. He is the break
of Irish hearts. -- the breaker. Two goals in three minutes, and the man
of the moment in French football. Ireland sliced apart.
I think this is a gift. Watch when the ball comes in. Two players go
towards him. The second of those players should basically be where
Griezmann makes the run. Brilliantly finished. Yes, it is a
good finish. Three goals in this competition for Griezmann now.
Always tipped to be the top scorer of Euro 2016, and the president,
France was Holland -- Francois Hollande. He is amongst the
supporters. First mistake that Duffy and Keogh
have made in the game, really. In their, look at the little enclave
of green and white supporters looking and standing still. I bet
their ears are bleeding. All around the stadium there are little pockets
of green, in stunned silence. And here comes an Irish substitution.
Sagna takes the throw, and Jon Walters will be on in a minute.
Duffy. Away by Pogba. It was a big decision by Didier Deschamps on but
it has paid off. I think Giroud has a problem. He is holding his knee.
A ball in the air by Keogh. James McClean cannot challenge Brit. Rami.
If they can get the ball back inside that French penalty area it could be
trouble, but another French goal would certainly spell doom. Duffy
has won it. Here is McCarthy. Hendrick has gone very quiet. He is
on a yellow card and he picked up an injury in the first half. I think
there are a few who have gone quiet. Murphy, certainly. Pogba, brilliant
weight on the pass. Coleman is there. And he got there. Brilliant
defending. Hendrick. Brady. Ward who's had a good game. Just a
different dynamic for Ireland because they are having to force the
game. Ireland, but the first time in the
game, since the second minute. McLean has gone beyond Rami. James
McClean with a pull-back. Steered away by Koscielny, who glares at his
centre-back partner. James McClean had option. Great opportunity. And
you never know in this game. You might not get a better one. Too easy
for Koscielny to read it. Murphy arriving at the back post. Here
comes the Republic of Ireland substitution, and it will be Murphy
you goes off. On comes Jon Walters, some fresh legs. What they do well
now is to stick Shane Long through the middle or Walters. Play the
opening game for only an hour and a suffered a recurrence of the
Achilles injury he got before the tournament. Griezmann. Giroud to
pressurise Keogh, and he did it well. Griezmann is away and on a
hat-trick. Antoine Griezmann into the penalty area. Drawdown. Oh, no.
Duffy will have to go, will he? Yes, he does. France say it was a
penalty. I don't think the referee knows, I really don't. My first view
made me think it was just outside. But he had to go, it was a lunge. It
is outside. And it has gone horribly wrong for
the Republic of Ireland. In fairness to Giroud, he did brilliantly for
Griezmann. Had a good game. He was brilliant against Italy. You just
never know in football, do you? In a matter of minutes, the game can
change so quickly he does well, Giroud. He has his head up, looks,
slots it into Griezmann. You have got to make the challenge. It has
been a horrible eight minutes for the Republic of Ireland.
Griezmann to the right of the ball, Payet to the left. Ireland came with
a dream and songs to sing. Argumentative in the wall. Not sure
what Bob was doing there. He was almost on his hands and knees. --
what Pogba was doing. He has done this before, for Juventus, this
season. Oh, get up, get up! Dear, oh, dear. Watch the gap created by
Pogba. And it hits Giroud. Yes, I'm lucky. Not! -- unlucky. John O'Shea
for James McClean. O Shea, covering for Duffy, who was
sent off. Brady out to the left. How much of this we are seeing is
down to the extra three days France had to prepare? There is an
argument. It makes a massive difference. -- there is no argument.
Coleman, gets it away. Not many numbers in the box for France again.
He was diplomatic about the extra preparation days for France.
Preparation days, tickets, everything. Memories of 1998.
Things laid on heavily in favour of the hosts, but they are not the only
ones to have done that. Always a tall order for the Republic of
Ireland. It is now a huge task. 20 minutes to go, 2-1 down, down to ten
men. Duffy, the third man sent off at these World Cup finals. -- these
finals. Matuidi will stretch. Evra is
available on the left. Griezmann. He has been their best player. Victor
Riu anticipated. Sagna with the cross, steered away by John O'Shea.
-- victory anticipated. That is a foul. Robbie Brady did not
think so! Here it comes, the French substitution and another Irish
change. Andre-Pierre Gignac, non-, and Wes Hoolahan comes on to replace
James McCarthy. McCarthy placed the game running. Wes Hoolahan came on
against Italy and it changed everything. It is a gamble,
certainly, but Martin Neil has to go for it. Giroud, still on for the
moment. The free kick not yet cleared, Rami stretching for what,
beyond John O'Shea. Hoolahan, with his first touch. Brady, his
clubmate. They combine so well in Lille. Sparking scenes of
celebration that I will never forget. Seeing the Irish fans in the
grand Place in Lille, exhausted, slumped, peaceful. Drunk! It was a
great night. Brady. Steps inside his man. Walters, admittedly, went to
running behind. And there was just a little bit of April. -- of April.
That is interesting. His response to the substitution. We are seeing the
Griezmann celebrations again. On comms Andre-Pierre Gignac.
Places football in Mexico now. He had a great season there. This is
his third appearance. He started the last game. I wonder what the
response would be to him from the Lyon crowd. He played for Marseille.
Payet. Gignac. Matuidi. Payet strokes the past, Griezmann
has had a terrific second-half. Ireland have not been able to
contain him. Sagna with the cross back in.
The possession stats. Suggesting that France deserve it, with nearly
60% of the ball, and three times the number of attempts on goal that the
Irish have had. Walters has not ever got in the game since coming on.
Earning a third caution for the Republic today. Griezmann, waiting
in the middle. Got the deflection he wanted. Corner for France. Some
weary legs in those white shirted players. What a great talent, Coman.
Only just turned 20. It was a statement of intent when they sent
him on for the second half. Payet calls the corner in. Just too high
for Griezmann. Ireland can't get out of their half
at the moment. They look weary. They put so much in against Italy. And in
the first half. Coman in space. Griezmann is in the
middle. He went for goal. Randolph managed to block it. Coman, Matuidi,
it is all France now. Hendrick, risky to be in there, when you are
so tired, but he did it. Brilliant effort! Hit the bar, Gignac.
Brilliant book inside, like Payet. -- but inside.
France have a stranglehold on the game. Shane Long, always a willing
worker to rationalise Rami. -- pressurise.
Ireland have just pushed up on the back for all France to stop them
getting up so easily. -- the back four of France. That was spectacular
but dangerous. Griezmann, working so hard. He has taken this game by the
scruff of its neck, Antoine Griezmann. Coman, look at the pace.
Gignac rumbles up after him. John O'Shea claims for the goalkick and
the corner is given. He has called 32 goals in Mexico for
Tigres this season, Gignac. -- he has scored.
You can feel proud of himself, Richard Keogh. That was too easy.
Randolph clawed it away. Gignac, it comes off Stephen Ward.
Just relentless pressure, now. Just over ten minutes to go. The writing
is on the wall. Even the Irish supporters have gone quiet. They
fear the worst. Stephen Ward did well. Pulled back for handball. I
don't think the referee saw it. It was his assistant on this nearside.
Hard to see what Martin O'Neill can do. Sagna. They have stopped the
Irish getting any ball into their penalty area in this half, with
their total command. Randolph gets a big paw to the ball. Payet. Space
for Matuidi. Looking for Griezmann. At was almost the killer pass. --
that was. That is the difference between Griezmann and Giroud in
those positions, Griezmann is like in quick. Very, very quick indeed.
-- lightning quick. I just picture him playing for PSG, raiding all the
time, nonstop, those big, long legs. The French performance in the second
period has been magnificent. And now, of course, it is against ten
men. Sagna, pursued by Brady. It is a
lonely furrow to plough now for Shane Long. The Irish fans are
singing Fields of Athenry. Such an a bucket of song. -- evocative song.
They are winning every battle, now, the French, aren't they? Fields of
Athenry, a plaintive song about lost love for someone sent to botany Bay.
For stealing a loaf of bread. How lonely it is around the Fields of
Athenry. Mr Trevelyan 's corn. Hoolahan almost slipped it into
Shane Long. Coleman. France quite happy for him to be out
there. Walters is down, Kashani unhappy. -- Laurent Koscielny.
Payet switches it to Gignac. Stephen Ward has put in some very strong
performances. It is all grim news, I know. The French fans are bouncing.
Pogba takes the touch and the second. Griezmann waiting in the
middle for the hat-trick. Stephen Ward makes the block. Kingsley Coman
just doesn't see it. He can't pick the past. He is merging with this
performance as one of the best strikers here. We knew he would.
Class always tells. He is a classy one. Kingsley Coman could have found
them there. -- him. He is from a place just up the road,
Macon. Macon villages. You will know that. Matuidi, it is almost three.
How did he miss? Just not enough contact. Great ball in, lovely run.
You have got to score from there. That is a dream ball for a striker.
The Republic of Ireland are just alive, still. Jonathan Walters. I'd
tell you what, he had Hugo Lloris scurrying across his goal.
But here France, looking for Coman. Griezmann is there, in space. Back
to Coman. Gignac has pulled off into space. Just doesn't make another
good connection. Much better ball this time from Coman, to pick
somebody out. He has almost gone to hit it little bit too early. Pogba.
Doing well as a defensive screen. He is a giant, isn't he?
He is suppressing some of his more attacking instincts. Pogba there
again. He has played an important role for France in this second half.
John O'Shea is with Payet, Payet goes up through the gears. This
could be the moment it ends. 60,000 people knew what was going to happen
in terms of him cutting in from the left, to open up the angle. The
Republic of Ireland, with two shots on target in the game according to
the official Uefa stats in the ground. It is time for Route one.
Get the ball in. Trying to push it through to Brady. No penalty. Just
not quite strong enough or quick enough. Great idea. Evra, guarding
his goalkeeper. He was always going to be second.
Matuidi. France is less than two minutes away from a quarterfinal and
Paris against the winner of the England- Iceland round of 16 game.
Unless Martin O'Neill 's side can come up with something special.
Long, was he taken out between the two? It is an Irish throw, anyway.
Here we go. It is a long one from Stephen Ward. Keogh and waters are
now. Shane Long behind them. -- Walters. Slammed away by Rami. One
minute to play, plus stoppage time. It is hope and pray time. Towards
Walters. Hoolahan. It comes out to Ward. In it floats.
Koscielny got a smack in the face as well. Is the rubric on here? -- is
there a brake on here. I think Hendrik caught him with his
right leg. Three minutes of stoppage time.
France sending on Moussa Sissoko. Big, strong, athletic, to see them
out. John O'Shea is across there. This could be his 114th and last
game. Walters could not get off the ground. Does not look fully fit, to
me. Hoolahan running into trouble. France could break decisively.
Gignac is on the far side, Griezmann pumping the legs to get in there.
Why did he take him on, if he is injured? How stupid is that? It has
set up a counterattack for the Republic of Ireland. Seamus Coleman
keeps it in, just. He looks absolutely at the end of his tether.
Blaise Matuidi was there. He will run it out into the far side and run
down the clock. Griezmann. Gignac plodding up alongside him. Plodding
is right. Coman, who was limping moments ago. I wonder what hurts him
more, the injury or the shame? He missed a couple of opportunities to
wrap it up. Cheers for every French touch.
Last minute of stoppage time. Gignac on the edge of the penalty area.
Griezmann on the hat-trick. Saved by Randolph! He has had a terrific
game, the Republic of Ireland goalkeeper. And here comes the last
of the substitutions. They have sort of wrapped it up. Good stop, very
good stop. Well played Didier Deschamps, he
made a big call at half-time. The header away by Rami. Hoolahan, only
thing he could do. This is it for the Republic of Ireland. It is now
or never. Rami came and claimed. And with that, surely, the Irish chance
has gone. We have had over three minutes of the three minutes
stoppage time allotted. No way forward for the Republic of Ireland.
The dream ends right here. The hosts, France, go through to the
quarterfinal against either England or Iceland, because Griezmann steer
them through, took the game by the scruff of the neck after Ireland got
off to a brilliant start, Sean -- Shane Long winning the penalty
converted by Brady, then it all went wrong, two from Griezmann in three
and it is. France, as a nation, celebrates, Ireland, crestfallen and
brokenhearted. But they have done their country so very proud. The
Republic of Ireland, out. France two, Ireland one.