Wednesday 11 December 2019

Republic of Ireland v France - past meetings

The Republic of Ireland and France will meet for the first time at the European Championships on Sunday, but they are old foes.

Everyone remembers the last time the sides locked horns, thanks to Thierry Henry. Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at that night and a few others.

Republic of Ireland 3 France 5, October 4, 1953, World Cup qualifier

France raced into a 3-0 lead at Dalymount Park as goals from Leon Glovacki, Armand Penverne and Joseph Ujlaki put them in the driving seat with just five minutes of the second half gone. Reg Ryan's penalty reduced the deficit, but Ujlaki's second and Pierre Flamion's strike meant late efforts from Davy Walsh and Frank O'Farrell counted for little.

Republic of Ireland 2 France 1, World Cup qualifier, November 15, 1972

Ray Treacy was Ireland's hero with a 76th-minute winner after Jean-Michel Larque had cancelled out Terry Conroy's first-half strike.

Republic of Ireland 3 France 2, World Cup qualifier, October 14, 1981

Even a late goal by French great Michel Platini could not rescue his team as Philippe Mahut's own goal and further efforts from Frank Stapleton and Michael Robinson saw the Republic home despite Bruno Bellone's ninth-minute equaliser.

Republic of Ireland 0 France 1, World Cup qualifier, September 7, 2005

There was no question about Henry's intervention on this occasion as the Arsenal striker's 68th-minute goal was the difference between the sides at Lansdowne Road.

Republic of Ireland 0 France 1, World Cup play-off first leg, November 14, 2009

Ireland felt hard done by when a draw they believed would not be seeded eventually was and they landed the French, and their hopes of making it to South Africa were dealt a potentially fatal blow when Nicolas Anelka fired his side to a 1-0 win in Dublin.

France 1 Republic of Ireland 1 (after extra time), World Cup play-off second leg, November 18, 2009

Giovanni Trapattoni's men headed for the Stade de France with nothing to lose and Robbie Keane's first-half goal took the tie in extra time as they turned in a fine display, only to have their hearts broken when Henry's handball during the build-up to William Gallas' equaliser was not spotted by the officials.

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