What game were they watching?! French media very harsh on Irish heroes in player ratings
Published 23/06/2016 | 09:28
A trademark of French newspaper L'Equipe's Euro 2016 coverage has been their merciless player ratings.
They don't stick to the usual five out of ten for a struggling player - the media outlet are more than willing to dole out fours, threes and twos if a player warrants it.
The paper has also been involved in a tournament-long love affair with the Irish fans, extolling the virtues of the Green Army at every opportunity, but it seems that like most of the foreign press, they don't particularly rate the Boys in Green.
While Ireland didn't pass Italy off the pitch last night, they pressed throughout and were well worth their 1-0 win. That isn't reflected in L'Equipe's harsh player ratings though, with only Robbie Brady getting a seven or higher.
Six players got a rating of six (Coleman, Keogh, Ward, McClean, McCarthy and Hendrick), three got five (Randolph, Duffy and Murphy) while Shane Long was given just a four.
Those ratings are particularly unfair on Duffy and Long, who was continuously fouled by the Italian defence throughout the game.
Martin O'Neill was also given a six, although surely the Ireland boss deserved more after his team selection was vindicated.
The lowest ratings were reserved for the Italian side though, with Alessandro Florenzi and Federico Bernardeschi only getting awarded scores of three. The Romanian referee, who denied Ireland at least one clear penalty, was given a four.