Match Venue: Parc Olympique Lyonnais
Match Date: 26 June 2016
France was the first team to qualify on the round of 16 after beating Romania and Albania in their cluster. On the other hand, Ireland gets too progressed for the first time after finishing third in Group E.
Head to Head
10/09/2004 France 0-0 Ireland
09/07/2005 Ireland 0-1 France
11/14/2009 Ireland 0-1 France
11/18/2009 France 1-1 Ireland
A goal less match against Switzerland didn’t eliminate the hope of the French side to advance in the next leg of the competition. Didier Deschamps team was considered as the group winner. The French coach tries to explore the line-up that he have on the field, and it works.
It was the combination of Kingsley Coman, Moussa Sissoko, Andre-Pierre Gignac, and Yohan Cabaye who made it possible for them to have a good attacking defense. Added the scoring chances that Paul Pogba and Dimitri Payet did, there’s definitely no doubt that the host is also a threat in the tournament.
A change of structure will be expected as they go against the Irish side, N’Golo Kante and Balise Matuidi in central midfielder and Olivier Giroud on top.
France (5-2-3): Girour – Payet, Griezmann – Pogba, Sissoko, Matuidi – Evra, Koscielny, Rami, Sagna, Lloris
France Last Five Matches
05/30/2016 France 3-2 Cameroon
06/04/2016 France 3-0 Scotland
06/10-2016 France 2-1 Romania
06/15/2016 France 2-0 Albania
06/19/2016 Switzerland 0-0 France
Considered as the underdog in the competition, a lot of football enthusiast didn’t expect that Ireland will snatch a win over Italy that gave them the slot in the next round of the competition.
The challenge is now on as they face the tough team of France without some of the key players in the competition. Jonathan Walters is set to miss this event after suffering from Achilles injury. Martin O’Neill also confirmed that Stephen Ward is in doubt on being present in this campaign. Fitness issue will be the problem of the Irish squad that will put them in dangers of surpassing the intense match that their upcoming rival is about to showcase.
Ireland (5-2-3): Long – McClean, Hoolahan, Hendrick – Brady, McCarthy – Ward, Keogh, O’Shea, Coleman, Randolph
Ireland Last Five Matches
05/07/2016 Ireland 1-1 Netherlands
05/31/2016 Ireland 1-2 Belarus
06/13/2016 Ireland 1-1 Sweden
06/18/2016 Belgium 3-0 Ireland
06/22/2016 Italy 0-1 Ireland
Ireland will be on great challenge, but with the triumphant win that they had over the Azzurri there’s a huge probability that they will create an impressive play against France. The French national team is expected to capitalize in the game.
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