Ireland fades against better rested France in Euro 2016 exit

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first_imgLYON, France (AP) — Three days too few. Forty-five minutes too many.Ireland bowed out of the European Championship on Sunday with a 2-1 loss after relinquishing a halftime lead against a better rested France.France had a full week to recover from the group phase and prepare for the round-of-16 match. Ireland, meanwhile, had to beat Italy on Wednesday to qualify for the knockout stages.For Ireland coach Martin O’Neill, that gave France a big advantage in the second half, when his team wilted on the Stade de Lyon pitch.France’s Antoine Griezmann, left, celebrates with his teammate Olivier Giroud after scoring his side’s first goal, during the Euro 2016 round of 16 soccer match between France and Ireland, at the Grand Stade in Decines-­Charpieu, near Lyon, France, Sunday, June 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)“We definitely got the short straw in that aspect,” O’Neill said. “It is an incredible amount of time that one side can have over another team.”Ireland was on course to spring a major upset after Robbie Brady scored a penalty in the second minute, following a foul by Paul Pogba on Shane Long in the box.O’Neill had stuck with the same starting 11 that defeated Italy, and they turned in another gutsy, physical performance to frustrate France’s vaunted attack in the first half.“We had not only a goal, but had them under severe pressure,” O’Neill said. “At halftime, we were not only in the game, we were feeling we could win the match.”But when the second half started, the team’s plans quickly unraveled.Ireland quickly began to fade, especially after France forward Antoine Griezmann turned the match around by scoring in the 58th and 61st minutes.“It’s a natural disappointment, considering the position we got ourselves into, and you look at the goals we conceded,” O’Neill said. “Another six or seven minutes without conceding and France might have got panicky. The players couldn’t have put anything more into the game, not an ounce left.”France’s Dimitri Payet, right, and Patrice Evra celebrate at the end of the Euro 2016 round of 16 soccer match between France and Ireland, at the Grand Stade in Decines-­Charpieu, near Lyon, France, Sunday, June 26, 2016. France won 2-1. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)Any hopes of Ireland equalizing were quashed five minutes after France’s second goal, when Shane Duffy couldn’t match Griezmann’s pace and earned a straight red card for fouling him when he had only the goalkeeper to beat.Ireland was only spared a bigger defeat because Griezmann and substitute Andre-Pierre Gignac later wasted a series of chances.“When Ireland took the lead it made us a bit more uncomfortable in the first half,” France coach Didier Deschamps acknowledged. “They showed a lot of enthusiasm, but we had to dig deep, get through the situation and get in front.”After the final whistle, Ireland’s players hauled themselves up off the turf where they had collapsed and started a slow walk to the sole patch of Irish green at the otherwise blue-colored stands. The players applauded their fans, who responded with cheers and songs for several minutes.“The second half was always going to be tough for us and we just couldn’t keep the door closed for long enough,” Ireland defender Seamus Coleman said.“I just felt like it was there for us today. Our fans were unbelievable and we’d love to go a bit further for them, but we hope we made people proud.” TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


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first_imgParis: Trains were slowed down and holidaymakers flocked to swimming pools, beaches and lakes in western Europe on Wednesday as another heatwave set new temperature records. A host of French cities saw their highest levels since records began on Tuesday, with wine capital Bordeaux recording 41.2 degrees Celsius (106.16 Fahrenheit), beating the previous high of 40.7C registered in August 2003, weather service Meteo-France said. Forecasters predicted new temperature highs in neighbouring countries Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and the Netherlands, where the mercury could beat the previous record of 38.6 degrees Celsius on Wednesday, according to the Dutch weather office. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USMany Dutch farmers are leaving their cows outside to sleep, rather than bringing them in at night, while some kindergartens have closed their doors because of the risks for young children. Britain’s Met Office has said there is a chance that the UK temperature record of 38.5 degrees Celsius, which was recorded in Faversham, Kent, in August 2004, will also be exceeded on Thursday at the peak of the heat. The operator of the British rail network, Network Rail, said it was slowing down trains in response to the extreme weather, which comes only weeks after another record-breaking heatwave in Europe in June. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”Extreme heat can cause overhead wires to sag and become damaged by fast trains. We slow down services to keep passengers safe when this happens,” the company said on Twitter. Across the area affected by the unusually high heat, stretching from France up to Norway in the north, people sought out ways to cool off in lakes and rivers, leading to an increase in drowning incidents. In London, police were searching for three people who have gone missing in the River Thames while swimming. France’s weather office said the scorching conditions “require particular care, notably for vulnerable or exposed people” with almost the entire country under an orange-level weather alert, the second highest level.last_img read more