Griezmann takes host into quarters

Griezmann takes host into quarters
Highlights

Victory in the last 16 clash in Lyon means France face either England or Iceland in the Stade de France quarter-final next Sunday. Paul Pogba brought Shane Long down within seconds of kickoff and Robbie Brady, who netted the Republic\'s winner against Italy, converted a penalty with just two minutes gone to give the Irish a shock lead. 

Lyon: Antoine Griezmann scored twice in four minutes as Euro 2016 hosts France came from behind to claim a 2-1 win over tenman Republic of Ireland on Sunday.

Victory in the last 16 clash in Lyon means France face either England or Iceland in the Stade de France quarter-final next Sunday.

Paul Pogba brought Shane Long down within seconds of kickoff and Robbie Brady, who netted the Republic's winner against Italy, converted a penalty with just two minutes gone to give the Irish a shock lead.

But Griezmann underlined a superb performance as the main strike threat with two knockout goals in the second-half as the hosts floored the Irish.

“At this stage of the tournament you don't have the right not to qualify,” French coach Didier Deschamps said.
Ireland's problems were compounded by playing the last 25 minutes with ten men.

Centre-back Shane Duffy was sent off on 66 minutes for bringing down Griezmann, who was through on goal.
France's win came at a cost as both midfielder N'Golo Kante and defender Adil Rami are suspended for the quarter-final after picking up bookings.

Defeat means more heartache for the Irish in their first meeting with France since a controversial World Cup play-off in November 2009.

Thierry Henry's infamous handball, dubbed 'Le Hand of God', helped seal a 2-1 aggregate victory to send France to South Africa 2010 at Ireland's expense.

The Irish came flying out of the traps in Lyon. A long ball caused the French all manner of problems and when Southampton striker Long tried to turn and shoot, Pogba made contact.

With just 70 seconds played, referee Nicola Rizzoli pointed straight to the spot.
Brady was again the darling of the travelling 'Green Army' as the Norwich City winger put the Irish ahead with a shot that rebounded off a post.

It was the fastest goal at a Euro finals since Russia's Dimitri Kirichenko scored after 67 seconds against Greece in 2004.
Celebrations erupted amongst the small band lucky enough to get one of the paltry 4,500 tickets allocated to Irish fans at the 59,000-capacity stadium.

By:(AFP)

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