France 2-1 Republic of Ireland: Griezmann double sees France through to last eight

France 2-1 Republic of Ireland
Lyon , France - 26 June 2016; Antoine Griezmann of France celebrates after scoring his side's first goal of the game during the UEFA Euro 2016 Round of 16 match between France and Republic of Ireland at Stade des Lumieres in Lyon, France. (Photo By Paul Mohan/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

By Andy Hyslop

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A second-half double from Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann ensured that France took their place in the quarter-finals.

Republic of Ireland booked their place in the last sixteen thanks to a late header from Robbie Brady against Italy and Brady scored an early penalty to give Ireland a shock lead.

Brady was given the chance to score from the spot in just the second minute of this last sixteen tie. A cross in the first minute came to Shane Long in the box and the striker went down under a challenge from Pogba.

For the rest of the first-half France struggled to penetrate the Republic of Ireland defence as the Irish defenders dealt with ballsĀ up to Giroud with ease.

Second-half changes make difference for France

At half-time French manager Didier Deschamps opted to make a change. With Kingsley Coman replacing N’Golo Kante, who picked up a yellow in the first-half and will miss the quarter-finals.

The introduction of Coman saw more pace injected into the French attack and they started to look more of a threat to the Republic of Ireland defence.

Two Griezmann goals in four minutes saw the French their quarter-final with England or Iceland.

The first came on 57 minutes when the Atletico Madrid striker met a cross from right-back Sagna to head to past Randolph in the Irish goal. Randolph got a hand to the ball but was beaten by the power of the header.

Then a log ball forward to Giroud let to the second on 61 minutes. Both centre backs were drawn towards Giroud who flick the ball on to a Griezmann.

Griezmann found himself unmarked and drilled the ball past Randolph in to the bottom corner of the net.

Five minutes after the second goal, Griezmann was through on goal and looking for his hat-trick but was brought down by Shane Duffy. Duffy received a straight red card for the challenge.

Republic of Ireland tried to find the equaliser but unable to test Hugo Lloris in the French goal.

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