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Griezmann double lifts France past Ireland


Didier Deschamps’ side hasn’t been the most impressive team at Euro 2016, but a brilliant second-half effort from Antoine Griezmann lifted France to the quarterfinals.

The Atletico Madrid striker netted two goals in a span of four minutes after halftime, giving France a 2-1 victory against the Republic of Ireland. Griezmann tallied for the host nation in the 57th and 61st minutes, respectively, cancelling out Ireland’s early penalty kick.

Ireland went ahead after just two minutes when Shane Long was taken down inside the area by Paul Pogba. Robbie Brady converted the penalty, giving the Irish a dream start.

The team’s progress was stunted in the second half, though, after Griezmann’s double and Shane Duffy’s sending off after the hour mark. The Blackburn Rovers defender was given his marching orders in the 67th minute, after taking down Griezmann in the attack.

France will now await the winner of England vs. Iceland in the quarterfinals, facing off on July 3 at Saint-Denis.


Ireland looked the better side over the opening 45 minutes, but Antoine Griezmann had his say in the second half, crushing the Irish’s dreams in four short minutes.


Despite the comeback from France, the Irish were still in the game with under a half hour to go. That was until Shane Duffy’s red card, which all but confirmed Ireland’s exit from Euro 2016.


Shane Duffy struggled with the pace of Griezmann and the French attack in the second half, and his red card proved to be a glaring indictment on the defender.

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