Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Italy | 2016 - UEFA Euro | 2017958

UEFA European Championship Final Tournament - Group Stage | Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille Métropole
22 June 2016 - 21:00CET

Italy 0 - 1 Republic of Ireland

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REPORT: Italy 0-1 Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland sealed their passage to the knock-out stages to face France in Lyon, with one of the all-time great Irish performances at an international competition...
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22nd Jun 2016

Ireland dominated the tie against the 2006 World Cup winners Italy and got their rewards with four minutes remaining as Robbie Brady headed home to book their ticket to the next round.

Martin O'Neill made four changes for the crucial clash as Daryl Murphy, James McClean, Shane Duffy and Richard Keogh replaced Wes Hoolahan, John O'Shea, Ciaran Clark and Glenn Whelan in the starting XI.

And the changes had the desired effect with a dominant 90 minutes from Ireland, who fashioned their first chance in the 8th minute. Stephen Ward pumped a long ball towards the huge frame of Murphy who was able to knock down for Jeff Hendrick to rifle a 25-yard shot narrowly wide of the right-hand post.

With 20 minutes on the clock, the former Waterford United man Murphy almost got his first goal for the national side as Brady whipped in a left-sided corner and Murphy rose highest to see his powerful header tipped over by Paris Saint Germain keeper Salvatore Sirigu.

O'Neill's side continued their domination in the hot and humid Stade Pierre-Mauroy as Italy only managed their first shot in the 41st minute, Torino forward Ciro Immobile firing wide from 25 yards.

Just before the break, Ireland had a strong appeal for a penalty turned down. James McClean got goal-side of Federico Bernardeschi in the area and appeared to be pushed to the floor, but referee Ovidiu Hategan waved play on.

Simone Zaza volleyed over first-time two minutes after the break but Ireland continued their industrious dominance and should have took a deserved lead in the 55th minute. After a pacey attacking move from Ireland and a poor clearance from Andrea Barzagli, Seamus Coleman latched onto the ball but his fierce effort was blocked by Leonardo Bonucci.

The excellent Hendrick fired narrowly wide from the edge of the area with 30 minutes remaining and substitute Aidan McGeady flashed a powerful effort over as the tense game entered it's final stages and Ireland pushed for the goal which would send them through to the knock-out stages.

Substitute Lorenzo Insigne almost broke Irish hearts when his curled effort hit the post before substitute Wes Hoolahan missed a glorious chance to put Ireland ahead when he was put through on goal but could only find Sirgiu from 10 yards out.

He was to make up for it a minute later though, in a moment which will go down in the Irish history books. Hoolahan whipped in an incredible cross to find the on-rushing Brady to head home past Sirgiu which sealed an incredible victory and a ticket to the knock-out stages.

Next stop, Lyon to face France.

Teams

Republic of Ireland: Randolph (GK), Coleman (C), Keogh, Duffy, Ward, McCarthy (Hoolahan 76), Hendrick, McClean, Brady, Murphy (McGeady 69), Long (Quinn 89).

Subs not used: Westwood (GK), Given (GK), Clark, O'Shea, Whelan, Keane, Walters, Christie, Meyler.

Italy: Sirigu (GK), De Sciglio (El Shaarawy 81), Ogbonna, Zaza, Florenzi, Motta, Immobile (Insigne 74), Sturaro, Barzagli, Bonucci (c), Bernardeschi (Darmian 59).

Subs not used: Buffon (GK), Marchetti (GK), Chiellini, Candreva, Pelle, De Rossi, Eder, Parolo, Giaccherini.

Referee: Ovidiu Hategan (ROU)

Yellow card(s): Long, Sirigu, Bonucci.

VIDEO: Roy Keane looks ahead to Italian job

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane has urged the squad players to be ‘ready’ ahead of the Italy clash on Wednesday night.
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20th Jun 2016

The Irish side are currently preparing for their final Group E game against the leaders Italy knowing that only a win will do if Ireland are going to progress into the knock-out stages.

Ireland suffered a disappointing 3-0 defeat against Belgium on Saturday in Bordeaux which leaves Martin O’Neill’s side bottom of Group E on goal difference.

Speaking to the media earlier today, Keane wants to see the players physically ready for the third Group E clash and has hinted at possible changes.

Keane said: “What we certainly need, on top of everything else is to look after the ball a little better, cut out individual mistakes and our energy levels have to be pretty high.

“Generally speaking, over the years we’ve had to do a lot of chasing in games and when you do get on the ball, they’ve got to know how to deal with it.

“You get the recovery right, you get the team selection right and whatever team goes out there have to be ready physically.

“The players who’ve been left out have probably felt that even more so in training and deep down, and rightly so, feel as though they’re going to get their chance on Wednesday.

“We constantly speak to them, you’ve got to be ready. The squad players or the substitutions have to be ready to be called upon and that could happen in the next 48 hours.”

Watch the assistant manager Roy Keane at today’s press conference…

 

Tactical Lineups

Italy

12 Sirigu (G) 2 De Sciglio 5 Ogbonna 7 Zaza 8 Florenzi 10 Thiago Motta 11 Immobile 14 Sturaro 15 Barzagli 19 Bonucci (C) 21 Bernardeschi

Substitutes

  • 1 Gianluigi Buffon (G)
  • 13 Federico Marchetti (G)
  • 3 Giorgio Chiellini
  • 4 Matteo Darmian
  • 6 Antonio Candreva
  • 9 Graziano Pellè
  • 16 Daniele De Rossi
  • 17 Éder
  • 18 Marco Parolo
  • 20 Lorenzo Insigne
  • 22 Stephan El Shaarawy
  • 23 Emanuele Giaccherini

Republic of Ireland

23 Randolph (G) 2 Coleman (C) 5 Keogh 8 McCarthy 9 Long 11 McClean 12 Duffy 13 Hendrick 17 Ward 19 Brady 21 Murphy

Officials

  • Referee Ovidiu Haţegan
  • Assistant Referee Octavian Șovre
  • Assistant Referee Sebastian Gheorghe
  • Additional Assistant Referee Alexandru Tudor
  • Additional Assistant Referee Sebastian Colţescu
  • 4th Referee Tasos Sidiropoulos
  • Reserve Official Damianos Efthimiadis
  • Uefa Delegate Adonis Procopiou
  • Referee Observer Jaap Uilenberg
  • Laurent Paul Irenée Delchambre
  • Fernand Meese
  • Media Officer Pecikoza Slavica
  • Media Officer Lars Berendt
  • Media Officer Nicolas Cornu

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • The match is under way.
  • 1" Seamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Mattia De Sciglio (Italy).
  • 1" Angelo Ogbonna (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 3" Thiago Motta (Italy) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Daryl Murphy (Republic of Ireland).
  • 4" Stephen Ward (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 5" Alessandro Florenzi (Italy) is flagged for offside.
  • 6" James McCarthy (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 6" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 7" Alessandro Florenzi (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 8" Mattia De Sciglio (Italy) takes the corner.
  • 8" Alessandro Florenzi (Italy) delivers the corner.
  • 9" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 10" Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Angelo Ogbonna (Italy).
  • 10" Leonardo Bonucci (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 11" Simone Zaza (Italy) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Richard Keogh (Republic of Ireland).
  • 11" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 12" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 12" Andrea Barzagli (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 15" Stephen Ward (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Federico Bernardeschi (Italy).
  • 15" Andrea Barzagli (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 21" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 21" Daryl Murphy (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 21" Salvatore Sirigu (Italy) blocks a shot.
  • 22" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 22" Daryl Murphy (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Angelo Ogbonna (Italy).
  • 22" Salvatore Sirigu (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 22" Ciro Immobile (Italy) handles the ball.
  • 22" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 26" Andrea Barzagli (Italy) fouls.
  • 28" Alessandro Florenzi (Italy) takes the corner.
  • 28" Simone Zaza (Italy) is penalised for a foul on James McCarthy (Republic of Ireland).
  • 29" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 30" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 31" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 31" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 32" Angelo Ogbonna (Italy) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Shane Long (Republic of Ireland).
  • 33" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 33" Ciro Immobile (Italy) handles the ball.
  • 33" Richard Keogh (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 34" James McCarthy (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 34" Andrea Barzagli (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 35" Stefano Sturaro (Italy) is penalised for a foul on James McClean (Republic of Ireland).
  • 36" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 38" Andrea Barzagli (Italy) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on James McClean (Republic of Ireland).
  • 39" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 39" Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 39" Salvatore Sirigu (Italy) is shown a yellow card.
  • 40" Salvatore Sirigu (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 40" Simone Zaza (Italy) is penalised for a foul on James McCarthy (Republic of Ireland).
  • 41" James McCarthy (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Stefano Sturaro (Italy).
  • 42" Thiago Motta (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 42" James McCarthy (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 42" Andrea Barzagli (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 43" Ciro Immobile (Italy) misses the target.
  • 44" Stefano Sturaro (Italy) is penalised for a foul on Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland).
  • 45" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • The second half begins.
  • 46" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Federico Bernardeschi (Italy).
  • 46" Andrea Barzagli (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 48" Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 48" Andrea Barzagli (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 49" Daryl Murphy (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Mattia De Sciglio (Italy).
  • 49" Thiago Motta (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 52" Angelo Ogbonna (Italy) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Shane Long (Republic of Ireland).
  • 53" Simone Zaza (Italy) misses the target.
  • 53" Leonardo Bonucci (Italy) fouls.
  • 54" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 56" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 56" Stefano Sturaro (Italy) blocks a shot.
  • 57" Seamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 57" Angelo Ogbonna (Italy) blocks a shot.
  • 57" Simone Zaza (Italy) is penalised for a foul on Richard Keogh (Republic of Ireland).
  • 57" James McCarthy (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 58" Mattia De Sciglio (Italy) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Seamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland).
  • 59" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 60" Matteo Darmian (in) - Federico Bernardeschi (out) (Italy)
  • 61" Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 62" Angelo Ogbonna (Italy) is penalised for a foul on Shane Long (Republic of Ireland).
  • 62" James McCarthy (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 62" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 63" Andrea Barzagli (Italy) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on James McClean (Republic of Ireland).
  • 63" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 65" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 66" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 67" Thiago Motta (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 68" Richard Keogh (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Simone Zaza (Italy).
  • 68" Leonardo Bonucci (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 69" Simone Zaza (Italy) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Richard Keogh (Republic of Ireland).
  • 69" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 70" Aiden McGeady (in) - Daryl Murphy (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 70" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 73" Stephen Ward (Republic of Ireland) is booked.
  • 74" Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 74" Lorenzo Insigne (in) - Ciro Immobile (out) (Italy)
  • 75" Seamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 75" Angelo Ogbonna (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 77" Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Thiago Motta (Italy).
  • 77" Wes Hoolahan (in) - James McCarthy (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 77" Leonardo Bonucci (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 77" Lorenzo Insigne (Italy) misses the target.
  • 78" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Stefano Sturaro (Italy).
  • 78" Andrea Barzagli (Italy) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 79" Lorenzo Insigne (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 79" Lorenzo Insigne (Italy) fouls.
  • 79" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 81" Stephan El Shaarawy (in) - Mattia De Sciglio (out) (Italy)
  • 82" Lorenzo Insigne (Italy) delivers the corner.
  • 83" Alessandro Florenzi (Italy) misses the target.
  • 84" Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 84" Salvatore Sirigu (Italy) blocks a shot.
  • 84" Wes Hoolahan (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 84" Salvatore Sirigu (Italy) blocks a shot.
  • 84" Stephan El Shaarawy (Italy) has an attempt on goal.
  • 84" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 85" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 87" Simone Zaza (Italy) is penalised for a foul on Richard Keogh (Republic of Ireland).
  • 87" Simone Zaza (Italy) is shown a yellow card.
  • 88" Stefano Sturaro (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 90" Stephen Quinn (in) - Shane Long (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 90+1" Lorenzo Insigne (Italy) is booked.
  • 90+4" Simone Zaza (Italy) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland).
  • 90+4" Wes Hoolahan (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Italy
  • Republic of Ireland

Percentage Possession

51% 49%

Shots on Target

1 4

Shots off Target

4 6

Fouls Committed

21 19
  • Italy

    Republic of Ireland

  • 0Goals1
  • 4Yellow Card(s)2
  • 0Red Card(s)0
  • 1Shots on Goal4
  • 4Shots Wide6
  • 0Shot(s) Blocked2
  • 5Save(s)1
  • 5Total Shots12
  • 21Fouls Committed19
  • 4Corner(s)4
  • 1Offside(s)0