Antoine Griezmann Scores Double, Ties Bale And Morata For Goals

Antoine Griezmann scored twice to lift hosts France to a 2-1 victory over the Republic of Ireland.

For almost an hour, this match was essentially one long double take at the scoreboard with Ireland leading 1-0 through Robbie Brady’s second minute penalty. The Boys in Green played admirably but came undone when French hero Antoine Griezmann powered home a header in the 57 minute. Griezmann quickly added to his total with the go ahead goal in the 61 minute.

Shane Duffy was sent off for denying Griezmann a clear goal scoring opportunity in the 66 minute, and France rarely looked troubled as they saw out the game in Lyon. 

 

Robbie Brady’s Second Minute Penalty

Antoine Griezmann’s 57 Minute Goal

Antoine Griezmann 61 Minute Goal

Griezmann, who plays his club football with Atletico Madrid in Spain, drew level with Spain’s Alvaro Morata and Wales’s Gareth Bale as the top goalscorer at the tournament with three goals. 

The Stade des Lumières was an image of French passion; nearly 60,000 supporters displayed the tricolor flag and sang in voice for 90 minutes. After the monotonous games of Saturday, the knockout rounds appear to have sprung to life thanks to the attacking talents of Griezmann, Dimitri Payet and Kingsley Coman. 

France now await the winners of England vs. Iceland. That quarter-final match which will take place on July 3. 

For Ireland, the tournament will go down as a resounding success both on and off the pitch. Their victory over Italy was an early highlight of the tournament, and they performed with conviction and bravery against tournament favorites France.

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