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EURO2016: Griezmann at the double as France come from behind to dump Ireland

France are though to the quarter-finals at Euro2016 after beating the Republic of Ireland 2-1 in Lyon.

The hosts came from a goal down to get the better of the Irish thanks to a second-half brace from Antoine Griezmann, allowing Les Bleus to move into the final eight, where they will play in Paris on July 3.

There was early drama at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais when Ireland were awarded a penalty after Paul Pogba clearly brought down Shane Long in the area.

Robbie Brady, who scored the winner against Italy, stepped up and fired it beyond Hugo Lloris and in off the upright to send the Irish fans into raptures.

As the minutes progressed, it seemed it only a matter of time until the French equalised and that finally came in the 57th minute when Bacary Sagna supplied a dangerous ball from the right which allowed Griezmann to head home for the second time this tournament.

Four minutes later, Olivier Giroud provided a clever header into the path of Griezmann who took a touch before firing past Darren Randolph, and giving his side the advantage in front of thousands of expectant fans.

In the 66th minute, Ireland lost defender Shane Duffy to a red card when the dangerous Griezmann bore down on goal again, prompting a rash challenge just outside the area.

France were well on top from that point on and made apparent easy work of it to come away with a famous victory which sees them into the quarter-finals in the capital where they will take on the winner of England v Iceland.


Euro2016 - Round of 16

France: 2 (Antoine Griezmann 57'/61')
Republic of Ireland: 1 (Robbie Brady (PEN) 2', red card: Shane Duffy 66')
Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon

Andrew Slevison
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