Club-mates Dimitri Payet and Darren Randolph shared a lovely moment after Ireland's heartbreaking defeat
Published 26/06/2016 | 16:15
After reaching half time in such a promising position, it was second half heartbreak for Ireland as hosts France overturned a one goal deficit to advance to the Euro 2016 quarter-final.
Ireland took the lead in dramatic fashion after Robbie Brady converted a penalty following Paul Pogba's foul on Shane Long. Martin O'Neill's men had a couple of chances to extend their lead, while goalkeeper Darren Randolph denied France on a number of occasions.
Ultimately, the home side's class proved too much, with Antoine Griezmann netting twice in the second half to give France a 2-1 win.
It was a disappointing end to a match that promised so much but the Irish effort can't be faulted.
The French obviously thought so too, because star midfielder Dimitri Payet was magnanimous in victory, immediately seeking out his West Ham team-mate Darren Randolph to offer his commiserations.
It was a really nice gesture from Payet, who wanted to pay tribute to his fellow Hammer after what was a great performance from Randolph.
Gentleman Payet going to see Randolph. Nice.— ⚒ Shakti ⚒ (@5hakt1) June 26, 2016
Payet made a point of going over to commiserate with Darren Randolph before joining his team's celebrations - nice move.— Dave Donnelly (@YeSecondPost) June 26, 2016