Antoine Griezmann scored twice as France came from behind to beat Republic of Ireland 2-1 in Lyon to book their places in the quarter finals of Euro 2016.
Ireland made a dream start and within one minute they were awarded a penalty after Paul Pogba tripped Southampton Striker Shane Long which Robbie Brady Despatched in off the inside of the post.
Griezmann equalised for France in the second half from a powerful header which sailed past Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph. And Griezmann’s driving effort won it for France.
Shane Duffy was then sent off for a professional foul on Griezmann.
Unfortunately for France Abdi Rami and N’Golo Kante will miss the next game after both players picked up their second yellow card of the tournament.
Ireland named an unchanged side that beat Italy in their last game and from the early seconds they looked business as they pressed France into a mistake which led to their first goal.
Pogba was guilty of tripping Shane Long in the box. From the resulting spot kick Robbie Brady sent Hugo Lloris the wrong way to give Ireland a dream start.
France set about looking for an immediate response as Griezmann headed over the bar from Pogba’s cross.
Ireland came close again as Daryl Murphy hit a volley across goal that Hugo Lloris dived to palm away.
France were struggling to create any efforts on Randolph’s goal and it didn’t help when both Kante and Rami received bookings which means they will both miss the quarter final clash between either England or Iceland.
France finished the first half with Payet and Griezmann having their efforts blocked.
At the start of the second half Kante was replaced by the highly rated Kingsley Coman to raise the tempo.
Laurent Koscielny headed wide from a flick on but James McClean crossed a ball into a dangerous position but was turned away by Lloris.
France eventually scored an equaliser as Bacary Sagna’s inch perfect cross found the head of Griezmann who bulleted his header past Randolph.
It was 2-1 to France four minutes later as both Irish centre backs went up to challenge Olivier Giroud for a header which left Griezmann with space and he made no mistake slotting it past Randolph.
Things got a lot worse for Ireland as Shane Duffy was sent off after bringing down Griezmann on the edge of the box.
Gignac hit the post the France and they missed more opportunities to put the game to bed but ultimately it didn’t matter as France march on to the quarter finals.