Ireland, with three Blues players in their ranks (but only Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy in the starting XI), were hoping to spring another shock and continue their story of recovery from the brink of elimination following a heavy and potentially damaging defeat to Belgium in their second group game.
That 3-0 defeat had left Martin O'Neill's side with just one point and facing a mountain to climb with the Italians looming as their final opponents in the group.
Robbie Brady's late strike sealed a win, though, and they could secure a place in the last eight if they could overcome the French.
They were on their way early on when Brady converted a penalty in only the second minute but the game turned in eight minutes of the second half.
Antoine Griezmann powered home an equalizer just short of the hour mark and then put France into the lead three minutes later when he swept home an Olivier Giroud knockdown.
Shane Duffy's red card five minutes after that made Irelands's task exponentially more difficult and they were unable to claw their way back to parity.
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1 Posted 26/06/2016 at 09:48:24
Good luck to them anyway, especially their fantastic supporters. Win or lose, they will definately be on the booze, which never seems to be a problem to these happiest of drinkers!
2 Posted 26/06/2016 at 09:58:53
They were given no hope against Italy, so you never know! ROI to win!
3 Posted 26/06/2016 at 10:07:15
4 Posted 26/06/2016 at 12:00:36
5 Posted 26/06/2016 at 12:14:32
6 Posted 26/06/2016 at 13:01:26
7 Posted 26/06/2016 at 13:47:10
Come on the Irish!
8 Posted 26/06/2016 at 13:54:06
9 Posted 26/06/2016 at 13:58:35
10 Posted 26/06/2016 at 14:05:25
11 Posted 26/06/2016 at 14:20:54
Agree, Dave, great start. Brilliant. Seamus playing well, a warrior. Captain for Everton?
12 Posted 26/06/2016 at 14:38:43
Hate the French, their fans, Henry, et al... Justice 7 years later is in order.
13 Posted 26/06/2016 at 14:44:15
14 Posted 26/06/2016 at 14:45:07
15 Posted 26/06/2016 at 14:47:02
16 Posted 26/06/2016 at 14:53:55
17 Posted 26/06/2016 at 14:54:13
Good on yiz, lads needed another before half time...
Maybe Seamus will bomb up the wing at the start of the second half, chip one over for a header.....
18 Posted 26/06/2016 at 14:59:44
Seriously, Rob! I didn't know that. Great ripping material for me now: "Why are you singing a Man U song, mate?" I suppose them being the greatest and best human beings ever, they can take songs.
19 Posted 26/06/2016 at 15:01:51
20 Posted 26/06/2016 at 15:02:30
21 Posted 26/06/2016 at 15:03:26
22 Posted 26/06/2016 at 15:04:45
24 Posted 26/06/2016 at 15:22:00
26 Posted 26/06/2016 at 15:29:59
27 Posted 26/06/2016 at 15:34:34
As well as Girioud, Evra in the ref's face, pricks. Unlucky here Ireland.
28 Posted 26/06/2016 at 15:36:41
29 Posted 26/06/2016 at 15:37:36
30 Posted 26/06/2016 at 15:37:52
31 Posted 26/06/2016 at 15:42:04
32 Posted 26/06/2016 at 15:44:56
How can you possibly blame McCarthy for that goal??
McCarthy has played fantastically in that holding role for Ireland take note Ronald!
33 Posted 26/06/2016 at 15:53:58
34 Posted 26/06/2016 at 15:55:28
35 Posted 26/06/2016 at 15:59:09
36 Posted 26/06/2016 at 16:04:05
37 Posted 26/06/2016 at 16:04:43
McCarthy was 5 yards away from Griezeman 40 yards from goal. James didn't follow the run.
38 Posted 26/06/2016 at 16:07:13
I wasn't greatly impressed by France, certainly not in defence, and I don't see them winning the tournament. They will miss Kante and Rami in the next round too.
40 Posted 26/06/2016 at 16:11:49
41 Posted 26/06/2016 at 16:22:54
42 Posted 26/06/2016 at 16:33:59
I don't know if I qualify in the "Irish contingent" you refer to, but I am Irish.
I couldn't give a shite about international football but can tell I will l laugh my bollocks off if Iceland manage to win.
43 Posted 26/06/2016 at 16:38:28
44 Posted 26/06/2016 at 16:50:27
I really hate this nationalism !!They have all performed quite well and should be praised, but get shut of all the English bashing FFS.
45 Posted 26/06/2016 at 16:58:11
46 Posted 26/06/2016 at 16:58:55
47 Posted 26/06/2016 at 17:01:01
48 Posted 26/06/2016 at 17:05:04
49 Posted 26/06/2016 at 17:14:04
He comes in for particular criticism because he has gone into his shell and typified the Martinez sterility. He looks short of confidence as well.
The form he showed in 2013-14 is in there somewhere, it needs to be recovered.
50 Posted 26/06/2016 at 17:18:02
Oh yes, there is also the question of racism that seems to raise it's ugly head now and again - but that's another matter, or is it the same thing as nationalism in some people's eyes.
Who knows, who cares so long as we Welsh keep winning! Cymru am Byth!
51 Posted 26/06/2016 at 17:21:27
I hate their Rule Brittania and God Save The Queen shite. Their fans get a bad reputation and some, rightly claim it's unfair, yet I've never encountered so many fans that, even though they don't look for a fight, you just sense they'd be right up for one.
Their red top and TV media are a laugh though so I enjoy watching them to see the expectations come crashing down.
I feel sorry for the players and management though, they have to put up with all this shite.
52 Posted 26/06/2016 at 17:24:09
A mediocre championship player at best - great 1st season but totally ineffective in the last two.
53 Posted 26/06/2016 at 17:32:55
As for the English vs home nations rivalry, I think it's only the scots who really dislike us when it comes to sports. They have an 'anyone but England' attitude but away from sporting events I don't feel any particular dislike from them. It's just good banter.
54 Posted 26/06/2016 at 17:44:51
Why would you think that? - Everybody dislike the English, Welsh, Scots, Irish, French, Germans ... even the fuckin Russians.... do I have to go on....I wonder why?
55 Posted 26/06/2016 at 17:57:05
Thanks to the useless Duffy and his reckless challenge, McCarthy, who had been excellent, was now marking two French players, so please lay off the Everton players, and give them credit for helping a small nation get close to beating the hosts and reaching the Q.F.'s of a major tournament. Well done Ireland - and another useless behind the goal official contributes nothing
56 Posted 26/06/2016 at 18:21:30
And I hope you win your next game.
58 Posted 26/06/2016 at 18:25:40
Only sad part is that the Irish fan, both sets, who have been a credit to the respective nations, will be going home. The fan relations at the Euros just became a lot less cordial and entertaining.
59 Posted 26/06/2016 at 18:28:34
What I dislike is people who generalise others into perceived buckets. narrow minded shite.
I'm irish, lived in the UK for a number of years and will be watching and hoping both England and Wales can continue to do well in the tournament.
60 Posted 26/06/2016 at 18:30:30
Unlikely I know but that would be quite a statement and reckon he could do a job in that left wing spot...
61 Posted 26/06/2016 at 18:30:35
62 Posted 26/06/2016 at 18:35:43
63 Posted 26/06/2016 at 18:38:16
Good post Mick, Macca has become the new Ossie ie blame him for everything, bad weather included.
Tony, if Stonesy and Ross don't play tomorrow they could be the only two unused outfield players who never got a game. I know neither have been particularly good these last few months but if England get knocked out tomorrow the media boys will probably pick up on this and crucify Roy with it. I expect both of them to start, or figure, at least.
64 Posted 26/06/2016 at 18:42:44
65 Posted 26/06/2016 at 18:43:07
66 Posted 26/06/2016 at 18:47:47
I for one hope this League One player at very best is one the first out the door under this new regime.
67 Posted 26/06/2016 at 18:49:34
68 Posted 26/06/2016 at 18:56:06
69 Posted 26/06/2016 at 18:59:58
70 Posted 26/06/2016 at 19:04:03
71 Posted 26/06/2016 at 19:20:01
Stones will maybe get a chance as he's the only centre-back cover.
72 Posted 26/06/2016 at 19:22:14
73 Posted 26/06/2016 at 19:34:14
75 Posted 26/06/2016 at 19:41:05
And apologies to the Welsh nation with the exception of Brin who has been wumming since the tournament started.
One decent tournament - so far - and "We are the greatest team the World has ever seen". Did England play them recently?
76 Posted 26/06/2016 at 19:46:12
77 Posted 26/06/2016 at 19:47:49
78 Posted 26/06/2016 at 19:52:42
As for England they should cruise past Iceland with their B team however next round will be Au revoir !
79 Posted 26/06/2016 at 20:10:36
80 Posted 26/06/2016 at 20:18:52
81 Posted 26/06/2016 at 20:25:01
And not in a gloating way, can I point out that England have beaten Wales at both sports in the last month.
Agree our lads can come home now and get a good pre-season in though.
82 Posted 26/06/2016 at 20:36:10
83 Posted 26/06/2016 at 20:45:00
Or shall we discuss the finer points of Mr Hodgsons galacticos while they are still in the comp?.
84 Posted 26/06/2016 at 20:49:53
85 Posted 26/06/2016 at 20:55:03
86 Posted 26/06/2016 at 20:58:29
87 Posted 26/06/2016 at 21:12:56
88 Posted 26/06/2016 at 21:39:49
See Hazard tonight? Fantastic. Sign him.
89 Posted 26/06/2016 at 21:41:46
Funny team, Belgium. Very talented, great when they fancy it, but I can't help feeling they're always beatable.
90 Posted 26/06/2016 at 22:10:22
That, however doesn't say much for Benteke and Origi who cannot get a kick for the most part.
91 Posted 26/06/2016 at 22:14:39
92 Posted 26/06/2016 at 22:27:23
93 Posted 26/06/2016 at 22:42:22
94 Posted 26/06/2016 at 22:47:32
Good goal though.
95 Posted 26/06/2016 at 22:56:33
96 Posted 26/06/2016 at 23:00:17
I wish the English & Welsh the best of luck for the rest of the tournament. And a shout out to our Northern neighbours who also acquitted themselves with distinction.
The Germans seem to be motoring like one of their 'vorsprung durch technik' cars and will, I think, take some beating.
97 Posted 26/06/2016 at 23:03:22
Unless it's Everton, I have little interest in footy tbh. I hope Romlak is tournament top scorer so that his value goes up then RK ships him out.
I'm not anti-Welsh, just anti anybody that states they are anti-English.
98 Posted 26/06/2016 at 23:07:32
99 Posted 26/06/2016 at 23:11:13
100 Posted 26/06/2016 at 23:13:31
101 Posted 26/06/2016 at 23:48:59
What's that all about? Hopefully RK and his team can add to his qualities by getting him and our other tackle-shy "superstar" slimmer, faster, fitter and nastier for the season to come.
102 Posted 26/06/2016 at 23:55:56
104 Posted 27/06/2016 at 00:22:49
105 Posted 27/06/2016 at 08:31:08
All three have done far better than they had any right to expect (indeed, I don't think any of them had any right to expect even being in France), and all have performed brilliantly, bravely and with performances deserving of high praise.
And then there is Woy's England, with the energy and commitment of a Lukaku. the wage bill of the Saudi royal family, the leadership skills of a Jeremy Corbyn, and the on-field tactical skills of the French army at Agincourt, this dreary rabble will probably beat Iceland (hmmm, impressive!) 1-0 through a scrambled goal in the 85th minute, and then lose 3-0 without anything resembling serious resistance. Once again, there will not have been any performance by the team or players which will exceed the miserable.
I rather expect that Barkley and Stones will be put on in the 89th minute of the 3-0 loss and will be blamed for everything.
I write this as an Liverpool-born Englishman with a remote Welsh ancestry, no Irish or Scottish that I know of. The more time goes by, the more I loathe the England football team, its organisation and management. It is the new Top Gear of world football.
107 Posted 27/06/2016 at 09:19:27
This 'hate', 'don't like' thing is always taken out of context and most often raises it's head when 'team games' 'Countries' play against each other. Surely every one has some bias unless you are completely out of the system and local rivalry will always bring out arguments and strong feelings.
Being Welsh is no exception and as has been said on here so often in the past week - this is the best we have ever done in a football competition - you will therefore excuse us if we appear delirious when we manage to get a corner, Gareth Bale farts, or we thrash a half hearted Russian Bear and end top of the group, which gives us an 'easier' passage into the Semi Final of the European Competition.
There are no Everton players in the Welsh team this time, but over the years we have had our fair share but as always not enough high standard players to make a difference. We have invariavbly relied on 'heart' this time we have a certain amout of talent and always heart. What is more we have 'pride' - we have a history of being underdogs of being browbeaten and subjected to foreign rule - those images line the North Wales coast in the forms of massive castles built to keep a nation down. But the worm has turned albeit perhaps only fleetingly.
So, we will enjoy the moment whatever future results, as at Everton 'Nothing will be the Same again' we the Welsh have experienced what it is like to sit at the top table and will not want to relinguish our place any time soon.
I do not hate the "English' my grand-mother was English, I speak English BUT I do hate the RED SHITE with real venom. My son in law is a Liverpool FC supporter as is the light of my life, my little grandson - do I hate them - do I fuck!
108 Posted 27/06/2016 at 09:30:02
Don 101, I fell asleep at half time, which was possibly the result of Keown's little quips of shite. Did you hear what he said when Lukaku, chased back? Great work off Lukaku, forcing an error out of his opponent, completely ignoring why he had to chase back.
I thought Romelu, played like a nearly man. Some good work, but the final pass, was either the wrong option, or just a little bit too short for his teammate.
I think he's a player who needs help, but not many teams play 4-4-2, in the modern game.
109 Posted 27/06/2016 at 09:38:35
The lad is far from perfect and like most 'heavy' strikers can be infuriating at times but he's scored more goals for us than any other player in ages. Its not like we've got Suarez and Neymar waiting in the wings to replace him. Our other options are Kone and Niasse!
Given the new regime etc I feel we should try and get behind the lad up until he leaves as its very possible that he may stay and if he does then he will be a vital player for us next season.
110 Posted 27/06/2016 at 09:52:58
111 Posted 27/06/2016 at 10:00:55
He was the best player on the pitch.
112 Posted 27/06/2016 at 11:03:49
113 Posted 27/06/2016 at 11:37:32
114 Posted 27/06/2016 at 13:08:43
Brin, enjoy your day in the sun, honestly. I wouldn't mind England losing tonight as long as JS or Ross don't play. The likelihood is, even then, that we will be losing, Woy uses them for a couple of minutes and they get injured and the complete blame for not lifting the trophy.
Sam, how much has Rom/Agent/dad polarised our dressing room? Shout your mouth off and play shite for three months (forget the goal against Chelsea - it is akin to Barnes goal against Brazil getting him 50 more caps than he should have had), and we'll double your salary and bend over backwards. I'm sure this will go down a storm with those who work their bollocks off, keep quiet, and put it in week in and out. That's why I would get rid of him mate, not singly because he struggles to hit a cows arse with a banjo.
That's unless RK is changing the whole dressing room.
Lets just bring 'em all home safe. And get a proper pre-season in.
A final Rugby analogy, Eddie Jones had 14 of Englands last team under Stuart Lancaster in his squad on Saturday. Only 2 of the 15 starters were not regulars under SL. Basically the same team Lancaster had have just wiped the floor with the Aussies at their place. Just shows what a different coach can do. Let hope RK is our Eddie Jones.
116 Posted 27/06/2016 at 19:31:37
117 Posted 27/06/2016 at 20:51:02
118 Posted 27/06/2016 at 22:59:21
Vaughan: So Ardal, could you please answer this burning question 'why, given that we English are always delighted to see the Irish team do well, do the Irish fans dislike the English so much?!!' (cue a collective
inquisitive 'yeah?' from the audience).
Ardal: Well, Jonny I'd say that was more down to the 800 years of repression to which you've subjected our people and the fact that you still occupy 6 counties in our country than anything else.
120 Posted 28/06/2016 at 15:51:39
121 Posted 28/06/2016 at 16:16:53
Let' s face it, how often have you seen a blatant foul near the touch line, referee nowhere near, and the linesman stands there like a bloody statue with his flag by his side.
Yeah, sure, they are all miked up etc but, in my humble opinion, they are shit-scared of upsetting the man in the middle.
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