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Brady sends euphoric Ireland into the last 16

Published: Wednesday 22 June 2016, 22.11CET
Italy 0-1 Republic of Ireland 
Robbie Brady's 85th-minute header was enough to give Ireland the victory they required to qualify on a night of high drama in Lille.
by Sam Adams at Stade Pierre Mauroy

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ItalyRepublic of Ireland

Goals scored0
1
Possession (%)54
 
46
Total attempts5
 
12
on target1
 
4
off target4
 
6
blocked0
2
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners4
 
4
Offsides1
 
0
Yellow cards4
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed21
 
19
Fouls suffered19
 
19

Standings

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Last updated: 17/11/2017 10:10 CET
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Published: Wednesday 22 June 2016, 22.11CET

Brady sends euphoric Ireland into the last 16

Italy 0-1 Republic of Ireland 
Robbie Brady's 85th-minute header was enough to give Ireland the victory they required to qualify on a night of high drama in Lille.

  • Robbie Brady's late header puts Ireland through
  • Martin O'Neill's men now face France in the last 16
  • Already qualified Italy play Spain on Monday at Stade de France
  • Brady's goal caps a day of incredible games as the group stage concludes
  • All the action and reaction as it happened


On a day of high drama at UEFA EURO 2016, Robbie Brady's 85th-minute goal gave the Republic of Ireland the victory against Italy they needed to qualify from Group E and set up a last-16 match with France.

It was no less than Martin O'Neill's men deserved for a performance full of drive, ambition and no little skill. They put in a relentless effort against an Italy side that were already qualified as group winners – it was only Ireland's second competitive win against the Azzurri after their famous triumph at the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

Ireland had been quick out of the traps, with Jeff Hendrick soon shimmying into a nice shooting position 25 metres out but his left-footed drive just missed the top corner. Salvatore Sirigu was rooted to the spot, but Gianluigi Buffon's replacement then did well to tip over Daryl Murphy's powerful header.

Ireland's intensity and work-rate was giving Antonio Conte's much-changed line-up a headache and it was only when Ciro Immobile let fly two minutes before the break that Italy first showed the threat they possessed.

Ireland had a penalty appeal turned down before Italy came again, Simone Zaza volleying narrowly over. The white and green shirts kept coming but it was a blue one that went closest next, substitute Lorenzo Insigne curling a shot off the post.

Then, with seven minutes left, came the chance Ireland thought may be their last as Wes Hoolahan fired straight at Sirigu with the goal at his mercy.

Just over 60 seconds later, though, it was Hoolahan's pinpoint cross that met a marauding Brady's head to send the vast bank of Ireland fans into raptures.

Brafy 'lost for words'

Man of the Match: Robbie Brady
Brady was fantastic throughout and gambled well for that late header to take his country through. He created three chances alongside his goal and produced eight crosses. Twenty-one of his 34 completed passes came in the attacking third as the wide player moved up 85 places to 33rd overall in the Barometer. 

A deserved victory
The ambition that has marked Ireland's approach in this tournament - one below-par 45 minutes against Belgium aside - has carried them into the last 16 and now they face France. O'Neill's side will not change their outlook against the hosts and nor should they, but the team may change again just to keep players fresh as Ireland need to play with that high intensity that has marked their campaign so far.

Much-changed Azzurri
The talking point before, during and after the game among the Italian media and public was the changes made to a side already through as group winners. Italy struggled to match the Irish approach and seemed to miss the steady, calming influence of Daniele De Rossi.

Conte: I got the answers I needed

The first team will be fully reinstalled against Spain, though, and maybe Conte's resting of some of his key players will bear fruit in the long run. 

Team reporters' views from Stade Pierre Mauroy

Ben Gladwell, Italy (@UEFAcomBenG)
Italy coach Conte may struggle to take many positives out of this game. If he wanted to see what the rest of his squad could do, he did not get the answers he was looking for. Furthermore, with Andrea Barzagli picking up a yellow card, his first-choice back three are all now on a booking going into the last-16 tie with Spain.

Only Lorenzo Insigne offered a ray of light when he came on, yet he too is likely to be back on the bench in Saint-Denis next Monday, when Italy will have to be much improved.

Paul Bryan, Republic of Ireland (@UEFAcomPaulB)
Ireland played for their tournament lives in Lille and were eventually rewarded for their endeavours by Brady's late goal. The spirit of 1994, when the Boys in Green, defeated Italy at the World Cup, had been spoken of in the build-up and it was in evidence here as the Irish booked their passage through to the round of 16.

Last updated: 12/07/16 17.29CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000448/match=2017958/postmatch/report/index.html#ireland+qualify

Lineups

Italy

Italy

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

12
SiriguSalvatore Sirigu (GK)
Yellow Card39
23
RandolphDarren Randolph (GK)
2
De SciglioMattia De Sciglio
Substitution81
2
ColemanSeamus Coleman (C)
5
OgbonnaAngelo Ogbonna
5
KeoghRichard Keogh
7
ZazaSimone Zaza
Yellow Card87
8
McCarthyJames McCarthy
Substitution77
8
FlorenziAlessandro Florenzi
9
LongShane Long
Yellow Card39
Substitution90
10
Thiago MottaThiago Motta
11
McCleanJames McClean
11
ImmobileCiro Immobile
Substitution74
12
DuffyShane Duffy
14
SturaroStefano Sturaro
13
HendrickJeff Hendrick
15
BarzagliAndrea Barzagli
Yellow Card78
17
WardStephen Ward
Yellow Card73
19
BonucciLeonardo Bonucci (C)
19
BradyRobbie Brady
Goal85
21
BernardeschiFederico Bernardeschi
Substitution60
21
MurphyDaryl Murphy
Substitution70

Substitutes

1
BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK)
1
WestwoodKeiren Westwood (GK)
13
MarchettiFederico Marchetti (GK)
16
GivenShay Given (GK)
3
ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini
3
ClarkCiaran Clark
4
DarmianMatteo Darmian
Substitution60
4
O'SheaJohn O'Shea
6
CandrevaAntonio Candreva
6
WhelanGlenn Whelan
9
PellèGraziano Pellè
7
McGeadyAiden McGeady
Substitution70
16
De RossiDaniele De Rossi
10
KeaneRobbie Keane
17
ÉderÉder
14
WaltersJon Walters
18
ParoloMarco Parolo
15
ChristieCyrus Christie
20
InsigneLorenzo Insigne
Substitution74
Yellow Card90+1
18
MeylerDavid Meyler
22
El ShaarawyStephan El Shaarawy
Substitution81
20
HoolahanWes Hoolahan
Substitution77
23
GiaccheriniEmanuele Giaccherini
22
QuinnStephen Quinn
Substitution90

Coach

Antonio Conte (ITA) Martin O'Neill (IRL)

Referee

Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU)

Assistant referees

Octavian Șovre (ROU), Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)

Fourth official

Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)

Additional assistant referees

Alexandru Tudor (ROU), Sebastian Colţescu (ROU)

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