Monday 19 March 2018

Club-mates Dimitri Payet and Darren Randolph shared a lovely moment after Ireland's heartbreaking defeat

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

After reaching half time in such a promising position, it was second half heartbreak for Ireland as hosts France overturned a one goal deficit to advance to the Euro 2016 quarter-final.

Ireland took the lead in dramatic fashion after Robbie Brady converted a penalty following Paul Pogba's foul on Shane Long. Martin O'Neill's men had a couple of chances to extend their lead, while goalkeeper Darren Randolph denied France on a number of occasions.

Match report: Brave Ireland bow out of Euro 2016 in gallant fashion as France advance 

Ultimately, the home side's class proved too much, with Antoine Griezmann netting twice in the second half to give France a 2-1 win.

It was a disappointing end to a match that promised so much but the Irish effort can't be faulted.

The French obviously thought so too, because star midfielder Dimitri Payet was magnanimous in victory, immediately seeking out his West Ham team-mate Darren Randolph to offer his commiserations.


It was a really nice gesture from Payet, who wanted to pay tribute to his fellow Hammer after what was a great performance from Randolph.

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