Euro 2016: Battle for the quarter-final France Vs the Republic of Ireland, The battle for the quarter-final will be more intensified as France face the Republic of Ireland in the round of 16 in Lyon on Sunday to make a place in the quarterfinals.
France is to recall key players such as N’Golo Kante, Dimitri Payet, and Blaise Matuidi who were given the rest in the draw against Switzerland.
Republican’s full-back Stephen Ward has been suffering an ankle problem so that he might not able to play today.
Euro 2016: Battle for the quarter-final France Vs the Republic of Ireland
Forward Jonathan Walters has undergone through an Achilles injury who has missed the last two games but has returned to training and could be in the squad for the match.
France has given the rest to several key players in their final game and have had a week to prepare for the last 16, and will set to play with fresh mood against opponents. The Republic of Ireland will play their second “knock-out” game in the space of five days to play in Lyon.
Martin O’Neill’s won their ‘do or die’ match against Italy on Wednesday and Robbie Brady’s header sent them through. Since 2002 World Cup, Republic of Ireland have progressed beyond the group stage and will play a knock-out game for the first time at a European Championship finals.
Neill has a good defensive side and set-pieces could be a crucial weapon against a France. In their last four games, they have faced a total of just two shots on target including a friendly against Scotland.
- Republic has never won a single game in their last five games against France. France won two and two were drawn.
- In 1981 World Cup qualifier, France suffered their last defeat against the Republic of Ireland who won 3-2 at Lansdowne Road.
- Irish side has scored only one goal out of four, France scored three in the last five encounters between them.
- In 2004 European Championship, France finished at the top of their group for the last time, when they were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Greece.
- France is ‘Lions of Home’ since they are unbeaten winning two and two draws in their last 15 games on home soil at major tournaments.
- In 2000 Euro Championship, France won their last knock-out game was the final against Italy. Since then, they have lost against Spain in the last Euro 2004 and lost against Greece in 2004.
- At Euro 2016, their opponents have not taken a shot on target in their last 205 minutes of action.
- France scored nine goals out of their last 10 goals at European Championship goals after half-time.
- In this Euro, they have scored three goals in the 89th minute out of their four goals.
The Republic of Ireland
- This is the first ever appearance of The Republic of Ireland in the knockout stages of the Euro Championship.
- They have registered their second victory ever when they defeated Italy on Wednesday, they have beaten England in 1988 which is their first ever victory.
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, B Costil, Steve Mandanda
Defenders: P Evra, Lucas Digne, C Jallet, Laurent Koscielny, E Mangala, BacarySagna, Adil Rami, S Umtiti
Midfielders: M Schneiderlin, Y Cabaye, N’GoloKante, B Matuidi, Paul Pogba, Moussa Sissoko
Forwards: Andre-Pierre Gignac, O Giroud, Kingsley Coman, A Griezmann, Anthony Martial
The Republic of Ireland
Goalkeepers: K Westwood, Randolph, S Given
Defenders: C Christie, S Coleman, R Keogh, Ciaran Clark, John O’Shea, S Ward, Shane Duffy
Midfielders: James McClean, A McGeady, James McCarthy, G Whelan, Jeff Hendrick, Stephen Quinn, D Meyler, Robbie Brady, Wes Hoolahan, J Walters
Forwards: Shane Long, R Keane, Daryl Murphy