FOOTBALL / EURO 2016: The French team overturns Ireland and joins the quarters

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Led after two minutes of play against Ireland, the Blues validated their ticket to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 thanks to a double from Antoine Griezmann in the second period (2-1), yesterday at Parc OL .

It is not a “benchmark match” but it is a victory which allows the Blues to stay alive in their Euro. Often tossed around, sometimes disturbing and led at half time (0-1), the Blues finally eliminated a valiant team from Ireland (2-1), yesterday under the sun of Lyon, in the eighth final. Qualified for the quarters for the second time in a row after 2012, the French team will face England or Iceland next Sunday (21:00 p.m.) at the Stade de France. It will be without Kanté or Rami, suspended after receiving a second warning in the competition. _AF

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