Cheat sheet: Antoine Griezmann broke Irish hearts in a stunning 10-minute burst


The Republic of Ireland's Euro 2016 hopes imploded in 10 second-half minutes after they had threatened to pull off the shock of the tournament so far against hosts France.

They made a dream start when Robbie Brady converted a penalty in the first few minutes and while the Irish held firm until half-time they were undone by the trickery of Antoine Griezmann shortly after the re-start.

The Atletico Madrid striker scored twice in the space of four minutes to turn the game on its head and then completed Ireland's 10 minutes of madness when he burst clear and was brought down by Shane Duffy, who saw red as the last defender, as the game ended 2-1.

France's Antoine Griezmann, top, is celebrated by his teammates after scoring his side's second goal
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Key moments

Shane Long wins penalty (second minute). It was the dream start. Long got in front of Paul Pogba and drew a foul that had the referee immediately pointing to the penalty spot. Full credit to the ref for making such a big call so early in front of the home fans and Brady did not let the moment slip as he tucked in the the post.

Griezmann equalises (57 minutes). Ireland had been defending for their lives just before half-time and while they looked slightly more comfortable after the break - showing good signs on the counter-attack - the match was level when Griezmann found space in the area to head in Bacary Sagna's cross.

Griezmann puts France ahead (61 minutes). Ireland's central defenders were both attracted to Olivier Giroud's run and left Griezmann all alone. Giroud expertly nodded the ball down to him and the Atletico Madrid striker completed the turnaround.

Shane Duffy sent off (66 minutes). Griezmann found space again and Duffy's last-gasp challenge as the last man brings him down just outside the area and leaves the referee with no choice but to send the defender off.

Was it the right result?

Republic of Ireland's Jonathan Walters and Shane Long
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Such was France's dominance in the second half it is hard to disagree with the result. In Griezmann they had the best player on the pitch, but after leading at half-time Martin O'Neill's side will surely be thinking about 'what ifs'. They had chances to extend their lead on the counter-attack, but in truth they had been forced into some last-gasp defending before Griezmann took the game by the scruff of the neck.

Who played well?

France's Antoine Griezmann scores his side's first goal
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Griezmann will rightfully take all the plaudits after masterminding France's turnaround after they had been booed off by some sections of the crowd at half-time. He took both of his chances with the calm of a striker who has been banging them in all season in La Liga while his clever runs were too much for the Irish defenders to handle.

Who played badly?

Republic of Ireland's Shane Duffy
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It's tough to say Ireland's central defenders Duffy and Richard Keogh played badly but certainly the gulf in class between them - both play in the Championship - and a Champions League-quality striker like Griezmann was clearly on display. They were both drawn to Giroud for the second goal and left Griezmann all alone. Such mistakes go punished at the top level and when they were exposed again moments later Duffy had little other option than to bring Griezmann down.

Tactics check

France manager Didier Deschamps
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France boss Didier Deschamps needed to do something after a tepid first-half showing from his side. He raised some eyebrows when he pulled defensive midfielder N'Golo Kante - the heartbeat of Leicester's unlikely Premier League title - and send on Kingsley Coman. It worked as Les Bleus were able to get on the front foot and, with more spot fires to cover, the Irish defence was pulled apart just enough for Griezmann to exploit the extra space.

Picture of the game

Ireland celebrate going ahead against France at Euro 2016
(Nick Potts/PA)

Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane got some serious air time when he celebrated Brady's early penalty. We don't remember him being noted for his leaping ability during his playing days, but there's plenty of spring in those 44-year-old legs.

Key stat

Ireland needed to take the lead to have any chance. They did that, but France's fast finishing at this tournament continued and once Ireland went down to 10 men there was only ever going to be one winner. France could have even won by more with Andre-Pierre Gignac smacking a shot against the crossbar.

What's next?

Ireland and their fans will go home rightfully proud of the way they conducted themselves both on and off the pitch. After going 1-0 ahead though the feelings of 'what if' will linger. France head off to the quarter-finals where they will face either England or Iceland.