Didier Deschamps

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Antoine Griezmann celebrates after he scored the fourth goal for France during the Euro 2016 quarter-final against Iceland. Photo: Getty Images

Tonight’s second semi-final promises to be a classic clash between two historic rivals, one of them reigning World Champions and the other the tou(...)

France’s Olivier Giroud scores the fifth goal against Iceland in their Euro 2016 quarter-final clash. Photo: Charles Platiau /Reuters

France 5 Iceland 2 The dreams of Icelanders and neutrals everywhere finally died in a somewhat brutal fashion in this quarter-final with the hosts (...)

Robbie Brady celebrates after scoring a very early penalty for Ireland at the Stade de Lyon. Photograph: Reuters/Robert Pratta

From 3.02pm local time until 4.17pm, Ireland led France 1-0 at the Stade de Lyon. From 4.20pm until the end of the game just before 5pm, they were 2-1(...)

France coach Didier Deschamps “Ireland were quite deep so we wanted to get Griezmann closer to Giroud and get some speed with Coman out wide and use the width better. But above all to get presence up front because the four attacking players with Dimitri, Antoine, Kinglsey and Giroud created presence up front and we created a lot of chances.” Photo: Getty Images

Imagine. 50,000 French fans in the stadium and most of the 66 million citizens arond the country presuming that their team must beat Ireland because .(...)

Republic of Ireland goalscorer Robbie Brady is consoled by John O’Shea after the 1-2 defeat to France on Sunday. Photograph: Getty.

Revenge may be best served cold but from the off there was little cool about the overwhelming smell of burning martyr among the RTÉ football panel. (...)

 Robbie Brady celebrates with Republic of Ireland team-mate Stephen Ward  after scoring from the penalty spot in the    European Championship Round Of 16 match at  Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

France 2 Republic of Ireland 1 There may a great deal more to come from this team when the task of qualifying for the next World Cup begins in the au(...)

Séamus Coleman and James McClean challenge for the ball during a Republic of Ireland squad training session at Stade de Montbauron in Versaille. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

If there really is to be some inspiration to be drawn from the time Ireland played France in Paris in 2009 then it should be the team’s performance –(...)

France’s goalkeeper Hugo Lloris during training ahead of their clash with Ireland in Euro 2016 second round. Photo: Getty Images

France captain Hugo Lloris has vocalised his faith in the team’s defensive unit on the eve of the host nation’s showdown against Ireland. Although Fra(...)

France  coach Didier Deschamps arrives at the team’s hotel in Lyon ahead of the match against the Republic of Ireland on Sunday afternoon. Photograph:  Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

French coach Didier Deschamps had admitted that the host nation has been given an advantage going into Sunday’s European Championship second round gam(...)

Roy Keane: “As Jack said years ago, ‘put ‘em under pressure’. I’m sure there’s a song about that, you know.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho er

Ireland is, at heart, a village, and when every so often the national football team features in a match of heightened, concentrated theatre, that vill(...)

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