Griezmann's brace books France's quarter final place, breaking Irish resistance after an early lead

Griezmann's brace books France's quarter final place, breaking Irish resistance after an early lead
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Unfortunately, that's all we've got time for this afternoon! I've been Oliver Emmerson, taking you through France 2-1 Republic of Ireland. For now, head over to our commentary of the next game, Germany - Slovakia, with Amee Ruszkai.

France will now meet the winner of tomorrow's game between England and Iceland in the Stade de France next Sunday, as they look to book a semi-final place.

It was the most entertaining game of the last 16 so far, the first to see more than two goals, and you'd have to say that France did deserve the win, despite a spirited performance from Ireland.

That's it, Ireland are out, France into the quarter final's thanks to Antoine Greizmann's second half brace, cancelling out Robbie Brady's second minute penalty. 

Full-time: France 2-1 Republic of Ireland

90+3: Payet releases Griezmann, who's looking for a hat-trick, but Randolph stands tall and makes the save. Into the dying seconds. Sissoko on for Coman.

90+2: Ireland are exhausted, on their last legs, and don't appear to have anything left. France passing the ball around, every one met with an 'ole' from the crowd.

90: Ireland throwing the kitchen sink now as they put the ball in the box, Long goes down in a sandwich of French defender's, but nothing is doing from the referee - rightly so. Three minutes of stoppage time.

86: Evra flashes a ball across the box and Gignac should have sealed it with a flick, sending the ball narrowly wide.

81: Matuidi charges down the left hand side of the box, forcing Randolph to flap the ball away from goal. Ireland don't have long to find an equaliser, and it's looking unlikely right now.

77: Griezmann's not happy as Gignac opts to shoot from a tight angle rather than play it to him when the opportunity presents itself, with Randolph saving. He goes closer 30 seconds later, whipping the ball onto the crossbar from the 18 yard line.

74: France too, make a change, Gignac on for Giroud in the striking role. 

72: Hoolahan for McCarthy the latest Irish change. 

70: So, to summarise. In the space of 10 minutes, Ireland had their lead wiped out, went behind, and then went down to 10 men, losing a centre-back forcing manager O'Neill to take off an attacker to replace him. Is there much hope left?

68: Payet and Griezmann combine for a free-kick routine, with the latter shooting, but it hits Giroud on its way out for a goal kick. McClean off, O'Shea on for Ireland. Defensive change in response to the red card.

66: Red card for Duffy! Griezmann was bursting through for the hat-trick, Duffy slides in to tackle on the edge of the area, he hauls him down just outside the area. Red card, free-kick for France. Curtains for Ireland?

65: Substituton for Ireland, Jon Walters on for Murphy. 

61: Two goals in three minutes for Griezmann. Both Ireland defender's jump against Giroud for a header, but it's the striker that wins it, his header putting Griezmann clear through on goal, and the Atletico Madrid player tucks the ball past Randolph with ease. Nightmare for Ireland. 

GOAL!!! Griezmann again, he's turned it around for France!

60: Ward has an effort deflected wide at one end, before Payet strikes over at another. Ireland are still well in this, they'd have taken being level at the hour mark, but it's France who currently have the momentum.

58: It's a fine goal from France. They work the ball cutely around the edge of the area before Payet spots Sagna coming down the right wing, spreading the ball to him. Sagna's cross is a good one, but Griezmann's header is even better, powering the ball past Randolph to level the scoreline.

GOAL!!! France level, Griezmann!

56: End to end stuff here, with Randolph making his first key save of the half, beating away a driven effort from Matuidi. 

52: Oooh, Ireland with their first chance to counter-attack in this half, and they make use of it. The ball is worked out to McClean, in acres on the left, and his low cross forces Lloris to rush out and push the ball clear, just before Shane Long could get to it. 

48: What a miss! Payet's free-kick is flicked on towards Koscielny, in space at the back post, and he heads wide from agonisingly close range.

45: Back underway.

Half-time change for France, Coman replacing Kante in a very attacking move from Deschamps.

Well, who saw that coming? The Republic of Ireland lead France at the break, thanks to Robbie Brady's second minute penalty, after Pogba fouled Long in the box. As it stands, they're heading through to the last eight, dumping the hosts out. Ireland are good value for their lead, and haven't been troubled too much by France, but need to keep on their toes in the second half, as it could all change very quickly.

Half-time: France 0-1 Republic of Ireland

45+1: Ireland now under the cosh in four minutes of added time, defending with their bodies on the line! A cluster of defender's dive in front of Payet to block his shot after some quick feet in the area, before Ward slides in to block Griezmann's follow up effort. 

44: Long goes on the counter, hauled down by Rami. He's booked, and will miss any last eight match for France. 

43: Ireland are having a really strong spell here, troubling France every time they go forward, and look likelier to grab a second goal before the interval.

41: Very strange one there. Hendrick wins a free-kick, but kicks the ball away. Booked, and he'll miss the next game, should Ireland progress. The eventual free-kick finds Duffy, who heads just wide.

38: Hendrick's back on, just in time to witness an amazing touch from Shane Long, bringing the ball down from an overhit McClean cross. His hard work wins a corner.

36: Injuries galore for Ireland, with Hendrick now struggling. Glen Whelan warming up, a possible replacement. 

30: Shane Long down for a moment, before limping off to get some treatment for a knock to the ankle. Concerning for Ireland, but he should be able to continue.

27: First yellow card of the day, and it goes to Kante for a late trip on McClean. If France get there, the Leicester City midfielder will miss the quarter final.

24: Randolph forced into action, Pogba going for goal with a free-kick from 30 yards, and in fairness it's a good effort. However, the 'keeper gets across well to save with a fair amount of ease. 

21: Wow, Ireland troubling France again as Murphy's allowed to get a half-volley away, Lloris scrambling across goal to push it wide, before Hendrick's follow up effort is a weak one.

18: Just a reminder that the winner of this game will play the winner of England - Iceland, in the quarter final, so England supporters may just be willing on the Boys in Green here. Payet with a free-kick, headed towards goal by Griezmann, but again Randolph is equal to it.

12: Antoine Griezmann with an excellent inswinging cross, which was heading for Olivier Giroud who would have had a simple finish, only for Shane Duffy to nod the ball away for a corner with a vital header. 

11: What you'd naturally expect now would be a period of French dominance, with Ireland dropping deep. However, it seems like the Boys in Green are at least trying to keep some foot in the game, troubling France when in possession, and trying to keep the ball. Even if the hosts do maintain territory and possession, they'll still be wary of Shane Long's pace on the counter-attack.

8: James McCarthy's handball gives Payet a chance to test his clubmate Darren Randolph early on with a free-kick, but it sails straight into the arms of his fellow Hammer.

4: What a crazy start to this game, Ireland leading before many had even taken their seats. What a start for O'Neill's men, and their bold choice of playing two strikers seems to have paid off already, as it was having Murphy and Long combine in the box that led to winning the penalty. Nightmare start for France, they've got work to do.

GOALLLLL! Brady sends Lloris the wrong way, his effort hitting the post and going in! France 0-1 Ireland!

2: PENALTY TO IRELAND! They put the ball in the box, Long looked to swivel and shoot, and was brought down by Pogba. Brady to take...

0: Kick-off, we're underway!

We're going through the anthems, both sung with passion, as each side looks to reach the quarter finals! Kick-off not long away.

Martin O'Neill has been bold and gone with an attacking side, partnering Shane Long with Daryl Murphy in a front two, hoping to put pressure on the French defence. He seems to be of the opinion that if Ireland sit back, they'll wilt, so they need to take the game to the hosts.

Didier Deschamps has picked the side that he was widely expected to, with faith kept in Olivier Giroud as the lone striker, whilst Kante, Pogba and Matuidi all keep their places in the midfield. Centre-back's Koscielny and Rami will have to be careful, as they're both a booking away from a one game suspension.

Republic of Ireland XI - Randolph, Coleman, Keogh, Duffy, Ward, McCarthy, Hendrick, Brady, McClean, Murphy, Long.

France XI -  Lloris, Sagna, Rami, Koscielny, Evra, Matuidi, Kante, Pogba, Payet, Griezmann, Giroud. 

We've got some team news in!

This isn't just a huge game for Ireland due to the fact that they can make the last eight, they're also looking for revenge. They've not forgotten Thierry Henry's handball in 2009, which denied them qualification for the 2010 World Cup. You can read more about that, here.

Although they've got Hugo Lloris, Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann in their ranks, France are likely to look to Dimitri Payet for inspiration once more. He's been arguably the best player at the finals so far, scoring the last minute winner against Romania on the opening night, before adding to Griezmann's opener against Albania. He'll want to perform again today, although West Ham manager Slaven Bilic might be worried by his stock potentially rising even higher following another good performance on the big stage.

Hoolahan celebrates his goal against Sweden (photo; Getty Images)
Hoolahan celebrates his goal against Sweden (photo; Getty Images)

A key player for Ireland in the group stages was Wes Hoolahan, who scored their goal against Sweden. Coming off the bench with the score 0-0 against Italy, he missed a golden chance to win the game, but recovered brilliantly to assist Brady's goal less than one minute later. He'll be hoping to return to the starting XI today, and make a similar impact.

Ireland certainly took the hard route to making this stage, looking unlikely to emerge from Group E - titled the Group of Death - after picking up just one point from their first two fixtures. They disappointed against Belgium, losing 3-0, after drawing 1-1 with Sweden in their first game, but all was forgotten as a late Robbie Brady winner saw off Italy in their final game, securing a place in this stage as one of the best third placed teams.

France certainly come into the match in better form, having won Group A with seven points from their three games. Beating Romania 2-1 thanks to a late goal and Albania 2-0 thanks to two late strikes, they are indeed leaving it late at these finals, but would certainly take another late winner today. Their third game was a fairly drab 0-0 with Switzerland, one that will quickly be forgotten.

Who is the favourite for today? Well, you'd have to say it'll be the hosts, France. Holding an array of star players and backed by their passionate home crowd, you'd have to expect them to come through and make the next round. Still, you can never look past the Irish, whose unbelievable fanbase may just make the stadium their own, in their quest for an unexpected glory.

It's the fourth game of the last 16 stage, meaning that once we're finished today, we'll know at least half the lineup for the quarter-finals. The game is, obviously, 90 minutes long, and if it ends in a draw we'll enter regulation extra time (no golden goal) and then penalties if the scores are still level after 120 minutes of action.

Good afternoon everyone, and welcome to VAVEL UK's live minute-by-minute text commentary of this afternoon's Euro 2016 knockout tie between hosts France and the Republic of Ireland. Kick-off in Lyon is set for 2PM, as each side looks to reach the last eight, so stick with us until then as we get the all important team news in the build up to the game.