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Friday 9 December 2016

How the fans - and the French - gave a glorious two-fingered salute to the terrorists in Euro 2016

Published 13/07/2016 | 02:30

Irish and French fans in Lyon before Ireland’s Euro 2016 clash with France. Photo: Mark Condren
Irish and French fans in Lyon before Ireland’s Euro 2016 clash with France. Photo: Mark Condren

So, as the dust settles from Euro 2016, there are several things we can take away from the events in France. On a footballing note, this was a rather odd tournament. There were no stand-out teams this year and whether that signals a general decline in the standard of European football or simply indicates that the gap between the powerhouses and the minnows has now narrowed remains to be seen.

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We can look back at our performances with a reasonable degree of satisfaction and a fair amount of relief - the ghosts of Gdansk from four years ago have finally been exorcised.

We were all just happy to get out of the group this year, and it would have been a disaster if we hadn't.

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