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Saturday, 25 June 2016

UEFA Euro Football 2016: France vs Ireland

The French and Irish teams Sunday contest a ticket to the quarterfinals of the European Championship in a match with a lot crumb since it gives the island set to take revenge for missing the World Cup in South Africa the possibility because of a controversial hand in the area of ​​Thierry Henry.

Six and a half years have passed since that sad episode for Irish football and, although most of the players who will trample the lawn tomorrow Parc Olympique Lyonnais did not live in person, the memory is still alive in Ireland.

There was a November 18, 2009, at the Stade de France in the second leg of the knockout qualifying playoff for the World Cup. In the first leg in Dublin, France imposed by the minimum.

Given the avalanche of requests for replay and the threat that the matter proceed to court, FIFA finally finished putting out the fire with a check for 5 million euros extended to the Irish Federation. However the embers have stoked with this game.

Ireland now has in his hands a rematch that, if carried out, would be terribly painful for France being the organizer of a tournament that aspires to win.

To retrieve the goalscoring effectiveness based much of their hopes on the man in form of his team in this tournament, Dimitri Payet. Newcastle striker has been decisive for his own thanks to two goals, which could be three if one of his shots would not have repelled the crossbar, and an assist.

Deschamps, who had three preparation days that the Irish, is expected to return to the configuration of their debut in the tournament against Romania with Paul Pogba and Griezmann in command and players who rested or entered the second half against Switzerland: N'Golo Kanté, Blaise Matuidi, Olivier Giroud and, of course, Dimitri Payet.

According to a survey by market research institute BVA 65 percent of French is confident his team will get into the quarterfinals and 41 percent believe Payet be the best player of the tournament.