Republic of Ireland’s ambition in getting themselves into the knock out stage of Euro 2016 was fulfilled following an intense 1-0 win over Italy, courtesy of Robbie Brady’s late goal.
Facing a much changed Azzurri squad, Ireland took full advantage as they put on strong pressure and aggressive display straight from kick off.
Although pretty much dominating the chances in the first 45 minutes, Martin O’Neill’s men can’t seem to get their finishing right as that half ended in goalless draw.
Ireland continue their aggressive and physical display as Italy showed improvement after the break, notably after Lorenzo Insigne was brought in by Antonio Conte.
Nevertheless, it was Ireland that finally pleased their overwhelming crowd when Brady headed in a crossing, beating Italy’s substitute goalie, Salvatore Sirigu.
That slender win was more than enough for Ireland to get a place as one of the best third place teams, and extending their Euro 2016 journey.