Euro 2016: Griezmann Double Breaks Irish Hearts, Sends France Through

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Hosts France came from behind to beat the Republic of Ireland, who finished with 10 men, and reach the quarter-finals of Euro 2016.

The Republic got off to a stunning start, leading in the second minute, as Robbie Brady converted a penalty after Shane Long was fouled in the box.

But the French hit back through Antoine Griezmann, who nodded in the equaliser before driving in the winning goal.

Shane Duffy was then sent off for a professional foul on Griezmann.

Didier Deschamps’ side will face England or Iceland in the next round at Stade de France on Sunday, 3 July.

However, defender Adil Rami and midfielder N’Golo Kante will miss the match through suspension, after picking up their second bookings of the tournament.

The stats you need to know:

France came from behind to win a Euro finals game for the first time since 2004 (against England).

Griezmann is the first France player to score three goals in a single European Championship finals since Zinedine Zidane in 2004 (3).

Robbie Brady is the first player to score in consecutive European Championship finals matches for the Republic of Ireland.

The Republic scored with their only shot on target of the match.

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