'Karma is real and disgusting' - Twitter reacts to Robbie Brady's opener against France
As starts go, Ireland could not have asked for a better one as Robbie Brady slotted home a penalty after just two minutes to put the Boys in Green ahead of France in Lyon.
All the week long, the word revenge has been bandied about with reckless abandon.
Was vengeance for Thierry Henry’s criminal handball in 2009 in Paris, which cost Ireland a place at the World Cup, the main motivation for eliminating Les Bleus from their own tournament?
Publicly, at least, the Ireland players and management rubbished the notion but, for the rest of this tiny little island, settling the score was fuelling the patriotic fires.
The round of 16 tie had barely begun when, perhaps, the footballing gods came for their retribution as Paul Pogba bundled over Shane Long, the referee pointed to the spot and Brady, with that refined left peg, did the rest.
On social media, many ventured that karma had already reared her head.
What is your man on RTE saying that was a definite penalty #IRLFRA— Jamie Lawlor (@lawlorj11) June 26, 2016