Tuesday 17 September 2019

Republic of Ireland player ratings

Shane Duffy excelled in the first half but was later dismissed
Shane Duffy excelled in the first half but was later dismissed

DARREN RANDOLPH: Little he could do about either goal and he made a number of good stops, including a stoppage-time save which prevented an Antoine Griezmann hat-trick. 7

SEAMUS COLEMAN: Made a fantastic covering challenge to stop France making it 3-1 but he also allowed Andre-Pierre Gignac to cut inside and curl an effort onto the woodwork. 6

SHANE DUFFY: Dealt brilliantly with everything in the first half only to see red for a mistimed challenge early in the second period when he hauled down Griezmann just outside the box. 6

RICHARD KEOGH: Bullied in the air by Olivier Giroud for the Griezmann goal which put France ahead and he was nowhere to be seen when Duffy made his desperate challenge to be dismissed. 5

STEPHEN WARD: Played a key part in earning the penalty early doors, showing more desire than Griezmann to clip the ball into the box, though Kingsley Coman had plenty of joy down his flank after the restart. 6

JEFF HENDRICK: Was public enemy number one in the first half as his injury issues forced a number of stoppages and he was fortunate not to get a second booking for upending, and injuring, Coman late on. 6

JAMES McCLEAN: Covered more distance than anyone in the first half and was unfortunately sacrificed for John O'Shea following Duffy's dismissal. 7

JAMES McCARTHY: Was neat and tidy and nicked the ball back on occasion yet Martin O'Neill will wonder where he disappeared to when France wrestled control back of the game after the break. 5

ROBBIE BRADY: Kept his nerve to convert the third-minute penalty which gave the Republic a dream start but his influence diminished as the French took control. 7

SHANE LONG: Was clever in winning the penalty off a reckless Paul Pogba as the Juventus midfielder clattered into him, and he showed a couple of nice first-half touches. 7

DARYL MURPHY: Worked hard throughout but failed to offer much of a goal-threat and he was on the wrong page with McClean when the winger failed to find him with a cross after getting in behind. 6


JONATHAN WALTERS (on for Murphy, 65): Tried his luck from distance with a shot that went wide and which Hugo Lloris had well covered anyway. 6

JOHN O'SHEA (on for McClean, 69): Brought on to steady the ship following Duffy's dismissal but he and Keogh looked lost chasing the French forwards' clever movements. 5

WES HOOLAHAN (on for McCarthy, 71): Was not the man to conjure up some more late magic this time and he lost the ball on a couple of occasions trying to beat blue shirts. 5

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