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Griezmann double sends France to quarters

 France forward Antoine Griezmann celebrates scoring during the Euro 2016 round of 16 match against Ireland in Décines-Charpieu, near Lyon, on June 26, 2016. PHOTO/AFP

France forward Antoine Griezmann celebrates scoring during the Euro 2016 round of 16 match against Ireland in Décines-Charpieu, near Lyon, on June 26, 2016. PHOTO/AFP

LYON, France, June 26 – Antoine Griezmann scored twice in four minutes as Euro 2016 hosts France came from behind to claim a 2-1 win over ten-man Republic of Ireland on Sunday.

Victory in the last 16 clash in Lyon means France face either England or Iceland in the Stade de France quarter-final next Sunday.

Paul Pogba brought Shane Long down within seconds of kickoff and Robbie Brady, who netted the Republic’s winner against Italy, converted a penalty with just two minutes gone to give the Irish a shock lead.

But Griezmann underlined a superb performance as the main strike threat with two knockout goals in the second-half as the hosts floored the Irish.

“At this stage of the tournament you don’t have the right not to qualify,” French coach Didier Deschamps said, expressing relief at the fightback as French fans celebrated.

Ireland’s problems were compounded by playing the last 25 minutes with ten men.

Centre-back Shane Duffy was sent off on 66 minutes for bringing down Griezmann, who was through on goal.

France’s win came at a cost as both midfielder N’Golo Kante and defender Adil Rami are suspended for the quarter-final after picking up bookings.

Defeat means more heartache for the Irish in their first meeting with France since a controversial World Cup play-off in November 2009.

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Thierry Henry’s infamous handball, dubbed ‘Le Hand of God’, helped seal a 2-1 aggregate victory to send France to South Africa 2010 at Ireland’s expense.

The Irish came flying out of the traps in Lyon.

A long ball caused the French all manner of problems and when Southampton striker Long tried to turn and shoot, Pogba made contact.

– Brady boy –

 Ireland midfielder Robert Brady scores a penalty during the Euro 2016 round of 16 match against France at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium in Décines-Charpieu, near Lyon, on June 26, 2016.PHOTO/AFP

Ireland midfielder Robert Brady scores a penalty during the Euro 2016 round of 16 match against France at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium in Décines-Charpieu, near Lyon, on June 26, 2016.PHOTO/AFP

With just 70 seconds played, referee Nicola Rizzoli pointed straight to the spot.

Brady was again the darling of the travelling ‘Green Army’ as the Norwich City winger put the Irish ahead with a shot that rebounded off a post.

It was the fastest goal at a Euro finals since Russia’s Dimitri Kirichenko scored after 67 seconds against Greece in 2004.

Celebrations erupted amongst the small band lucky enough to get one of the paltry 4,500 tickets allocated to Irish fans at the 59,000-capacity stadium.

The hosts responded by laying seige to the Irish goal.

Griezmann, twice, and Olivier Giroud both tested Irish goalkeeper Darren Randolph, as did Pogba with a long-range free-kick.

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No quarter was asked or given as things got heated on the pitch with four yellow cards dished out in the first-half.

France coach Didier Deschamps injected some pace after the break by bringing on fleet-footed winger Kingsley Coman for N’Golo Kante.

The French played at a much higher tempo and Randolph was thoroughly tested by Blaise Matuidi’s shot from just outside the box on 55 minutes.

France drew level when Griezmann rose highest to meet Sagna’s pin-point cross on 58 minutes.

Randolph got a glove on the bullet header, but it was destined only for the back of the net.

Griezmann struck again three minutes later when Giroud headed down into the Atletico Madrid winger’s path to slam his shot past Randolph.

With France in top gear, Duffy’s desperate lunge clipped Griezmann’s ankle on the edge of the area and Rizzoli had to show the Irishman the red card on 66 minutes.

Only Irish determination, and a lack of a final touch, prevented Griezmann finishing with a hat-trick.

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  1. Gabby

    May 9, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Muthama’s was an unwelcome rowdy speech. That guy is not doing fine in the people-to-people relations department. He reminded the whole audience he’s is RAO to the end..what a low-life!

    • Sam

      May 9, 2013 at 1:03 pm

      He Got Money but i now know, manners, respect, health and brains are not bought with Money… He got not of it!

      • Gabby

        May 9, 2013 at 1:25 pm

        Educate khasandiphyllice because this poster has no idea there are ways of decorum in public places. He did NOT impress!

        • Rashid

          May 10, 2013 at 11:19 am

          you are right. to me, however, once u make ur point, change the topic. argue not with a woman. lets learn to use this forum for constructive comm.

          • Gabby

            May 10, 2013 at 11:49 am

            I tell you. One usually hopes that some sense will come along the way but at some point one gives up! I had reached that point. Asante Rashid. I was starting to get nausea!!

      • khasandiphyllice

        May 10, 2013 at 5:38 am

        this is the way to reason. if muthama is the problem point out his weaknesses/ mistakes. if it is raila also do the same. period.

    • khasandiphyllice

      May 9, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      me thinks the hatred you have for rao runs deep in your blood and is nothing political. why drag him in an issue which clearly speaks volumes on love and romance matters? i have not seen rao’s name mentioned anywhere in this article. here we are in love with flowerbeds being designed in our names!

      • Gabby

        May 9, 2013 at 1:18 pm

        You did NOT watch the ongoing former Senator’s obsequy at his former Secondary School so I excuse you. Muthama’s was the fiery-type speech that the MC was constrained to tone down and ask subsequent speakers to ‘give the occasion the solemnity it deserves’. Muthama had out-rightly started off as in a campaign rally and reminded all ‘sisi wana-CORD, led by….’ So talk some sense khasandiphyllice. Mine is NEVER a hatred of any human because the Bible states such a person is a man-slayer – 1 John 3:15. I loath the qualities and mischief represented by actions by some of these persons INCLUDING RAO!.

        • khasandiphyllice

          May 9, 2013 at 1:43 pm

          u r right. i did not watch as i was busy building the nation, not burying it……so that i can demand better pay in the next few days

          • Gabby

            May 9, 2013 at 7:37 pm

            Whatever you were doing, the reason why it was on the news and watchable is that watchers who did are also ‘builders’ of the nation. Can be done anytime. A warped idea you are anything special by NOT watching….. So I take this opportunity for your taking time off from nation-building and gracing this blog with your presence…, time which, you would have been nation-building and something then that shows one needs to take time off from important matters like you stated – my thanks are far reaching……. (sarcasm intended)……

          • khasandiphyllice

            May 10, 2013 at 5:22 am

            i wonder why you always find offense in anything someone posts even if lightheartedness is the intention. am very much aware NOT EVERYBODY CAN BUILD THE NATION AT THE SAME TIME WE HAVE OUR DOCTORS, NURSES AND OTHERS WHO DO NIGHT SHIFTS THUS LEAVING THEM FREE DURING DAY TIME TO ATTEND TO THEIR OWN BUSINESS. you are portraying yourself as someone who is over sensitive in a negative way, otherwise from my replies you would have noticed the light mood

          • Gabby

            May 10, 2013 at 7:23 am

            You choose to find offense so I cannot help you on that. You were wrong about my supposed ‘hatred’ for RAO as a person. I told you I do not like these kind of Muthama-type politicians who manipulate people, events etc. just so they can get their way. RAO is one of them. What offense is there in throwing the very same nation-building catchword you gave me up there right back at you? By the way, what the heck does it mean to ‘bury’ the nation??? Again, to quote you……’you always find offense in anything someone posts’… Peterg123 is a great poster and I don’t believe he would tolerate posts of your nature. You are the sensitive one. Have a good day!

          • khasandiphyllice

            May 10, 2013 at 8:11 am

            I do not like these kind of Muthama-type politicians who manipulate people, events etc. just so they can get their way.

            most politicians in fact almost everyone “manipulate” people- to borrow your term…to their advantage.they cheat, abuse,and even kill just to get to where they want.that is why just before elections they seek votes with gist. they come to your houses, churches, marketplaces etc, shake your hands freely without fear in the name of seeking your vote. immediately they are voted in they acquire bodyguards, their very constituents who voted for them have become their enemies.
            am waiting for that Peterg123 to “trash” my “posts” as u say. Peterg123, whoever you are, tokelezea.

          • Gabby

            May 10, 2013 at 9:19 am

            Ahahaha. You are digging in. Continue….. This is headless to say the least. What does it mean to ‘bury’ a nation!!!!!!!!

  2. john ngunyi

    May 9, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Nduku you are a brave woman. Always remember Mutula the way you have eulogised him; loving,kind and a good provider to all your seven children. May the Lord give you and the children strength and comfort as you soldier on. Mutula was a good guy, his good memories will never die no matter how many haters out there.

  3. Anti Muthama-type

    May 9, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    If only we can at least be remembered as such – but the ceremony went really well until one Muthama (clearly a loose cannon) rose to speak… He still thinks tht by pledging loyalty to some party leaders he’s gained mileage.I thought the crying after election defeat had taught him some manners.

  4. Marotso Abraham Sumba

    May 10, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Nduku, you are agreat woman and mother.Thank you for that.And just because Nthenya was there, it does not mean that the lawyer did not LOVE YOU.TAKE HEART AND STEER THE FAMILY.GOD BLESS YOU AND THE FAMILY.

  5. Greenmarshmarrows

    May 10, 2013 at 10:55 am

    I have a different view. I sincerely did not like the way this lady carried herself. But Kenyan fear saying evil during times like this. I believe she was saying all these things to make the first family {Kethi’s family) know that she is officially the wife and to make them feel it. To me, that is insecurity. But as someone said, Mutula kept secrets that no one else knew. They say that kept a safe cabinet whose contents are only known to him. She should wait and see that this cabinet will reveal. May be she has very little in the real estate, and all she has to boast of is “love”. Mutula’s Law firm is ran by the children of the first family. ….

  6. Janet Nyambura

    May 11, 2013 at 10:28 am

    l would like to be your friend

  7. Adele Karanu

    May 22, 2013 at 5:30 am

    the widow doth protest too much

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