Sunday 4 December 2016

The Bordeaux pitch could have a huge bearing on Ireland's chances against Belgium

John Brennan

Published 17/06/2016 | 18:42

Bordeaux , France - 17 June 2016; Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill, left, checks the pitch alongside goalkeeping coach Seamus McDonagh during squad training at Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, France. (Photo By David Maher/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
Bordeaux , France - 17 June 2016; Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill, left, checks the pitch alongside goalkeeping coach Seamus McDonagh during squad training at Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, France. (Photo By David Maher/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

The Irish team were forced to use only two-thirds of the pitch at the new Bordeaux stadium during their light pre-match training spin this evening.

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Two Euro 2016 matches, Wales-Slovakia and Austria-Hungary, have already been played at the ground that only opened in February.

Unseasonally heavy rain has not helped either and when both Belgium and Ireland arrive at the 42,000 capacity arena, there were white covers over an area from one goal-line almost out to the centre-circle.

It's the latest in a series of pitch controversies for UEFA at the tournament. There have been complaints about Lille's surface, where Ireland play Italy on Wednesday, which seems ridiculous as the stadium has a roof.

And French coach Didier Deschamps blasted the state of the Marseille surface after his team beat Albania there last Wednesday. He said it was ridiculous to have allowed an AC-DC concert at the venue just three weeks before the Euros.

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