Euro 2016 – Revenge on Irish minds as they take on France

Coming into the final round of group matches, it looked an extremely tough ask for the Republic of Ireland to beat Italy and qualify for the knockout stages of Euro 2016, particularly on the evidence of their previous outing against Belgium. However, a terrific display and a late headed goal from Robbie Brady saw them do just that, securing a berth as one of the four best third-placed teams. It sets up a rather enticing encounter with hosts France, which immediately evokes memories of the two-legged play-off these sides contested…

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Euro 2016 Group E – Belgium back on track

The manner in which Belgium began Euro 2016 in losing comfortably at the hands of Italy left them with a huge point to prove, and they responded ideally by breezing past the Republic of Ireland on Saturday. It now means that only a draw against Sweden will be enough to send them through to the knockout stages in second place. Coach Marc Wilmots had no option but to make changes to his starting line-up after that opening performance, bringing in the excellent Mousa Dembele in midfield and replacing square peg…

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Republic of Ireland ready to rise to the occasion

Disciplined, organised, powerful, resolute and spirited. Each of those qualities are possessed in abundance by Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland side, who produced a fine performance in drawing 1-1 with Sweden in their first game of Euro 2016. Playing with determination, endeavour and a great deal of passion, both teams acquitted themselves extremely well in a thoroughly entertaining match, which the Republic were nevertheless left feeling frustrated at not having won. After going ahead deservedly through Wes Hoolahan’s fine strike in the 49th minute, they tried to defend that lead…

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Euro 2016 Group E – Belgium under scrutiny after opening loss

Given the expectation and anticipation surrounding Belgium coming into Euro 2016, their opening performance against Italy was a huge disappointment. It has led to many doubts over their credentials, so the onus will be on them to respond in positive style by defeating a Republic of Ireland side that will undoubtedly work tirelessly and attempt to frustrate them at every opportunity. Belgium saw a lot of the ball in Lyon, but clear chances were scarce in a match where the difference between the two sides was very evident. Marc Wilmot’s…

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Euro 2016 Group E – Can star-studded Belgium live up to their billing?

It has long been acknowledged that the highlight of the opening round of group fixtures is the meeting between Belgium and Italy; the team currently reaping the rewards of its golden generation against a nation that is one of the world’s most successful, but now suffering from a relative dearth of talent. It finally takes place on Monday evening, where both sides will be expected to deliver a statement of intent. Belgium are full of top quality individuals, many of whom grace the English Premier League. Second in the world…

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Man United legend Roy Keane SUEING Paddy Power for using his face in ad campaign

Notorious hard man Roy Keane is said to be suing betting company Paddy Power for using his face in an advert during Ireland’s recent meeting with Scotland at Croke Park in Dublin. READ MORE: Manchester United News Manchester United working to complete double deal worth £37.7m before pre-season tour Manchester United plan swap deal to seal move for Benfica star The former Manchester United star is currently working as Ireland’s number two behind Martin O’Neil, and Paddy Power, who are notorious for their sometimes controversial guerrilla ad campaigns, are now…

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Republic of Ireland vs Scotland – Match preview and team news

Republic of Ireland meet Scotland at the Aviva Stadium in a crucial match which could have a major say in deciding who qualifies for Euro 2016 from the most intriguingly competitive group of all. This is particularly important for the home side, who will have some catching up to do if they lose this one, after which only four games remain. They currently have eight points, which is two behind Scotland and world champions Germany, and three behind leaders Poland. The late equaliser scored by Shane Long to salvage a…

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Video highlights: Republic of Ireland 0-0 England – Three Lions underwhelm in Dublin

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England and the Republic of Ireland played out a very scrappy, disappointing goalless draw at the Aviva Stadium, which would have left Roy Hodgson with plenty of questions to ask himself ahead of the upcoming European Championship qualifier with Slovenia next week. Hodgson’s desire to win this game was evident as soon as the starting lineups were announced. There was no place for any of the uncapped trio – Jamie Vardy, Charlie Austin, and Tom Heaton – as the England manager decided to go with experience. It was the home…

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England player ratings v Republic of Ireland: Wayne Rooney endures terrible afternoon for Three Lions

England and the Republic of Ireland played out a very disappointing goalless draw at the Aviva Stadium. The clash, which offered few clear chances, failed to get out of second gear. The best opening fell to Wayne Rooney early in the second half, as he was played through by Jordan Henderson. However, the skipper’s first touch was terrible and allowed Kieren Westwood to gather up the ball. Here is how England’s players got on during their GK- Joe Hart 7 Despite Ireland’s good work in the opening half-hour, he only…

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