Pavard hits superb winner as France beat Republic

2 months ago 35

By Matt GaultBBC Sport NI at Aviva Stadium

Last updated on Less than a minute ago.From the section Republic of Ireland

Nathan Collins reactsNathan Collins was denied a late equaliser by Mike Maignan's stunning save

The Republic of Ireland made a losing start to Euro 2024 qualifying as Benjamin Pavard's superb second-half goal gave France victory in Dublin.

Having held the French in a first half of few chances, the Republic fell behind five minutes after the restart when Pavard intercepted a Josh Cullen pass and fired past Gavin Bazunu.

The Republic put the beaten World Cup finalists under severe pressure late on but fell short as Mike Maignan's stunning save denied Nathan Collins a late leveller.

The Republic's next qualifier sees them travel to Greece on 16 June.

But while the Irish must wait nearly three months to get points on the board, France are already well on their way to qualifying for next year's finals in Germany after backing up their rout of the Netherlands with a narrow win in front of a raucous Dublin crowd.

While Les Bleus blew the Dutch away on Friday with three goals inside the opening 22 minutes, they were gifted the winner at the Aviva Stadium as Pavard punished a sloppy pass in devastating fashion with a brilliant right-footed shot.

From there, many would have expected the French to coast to three points but with Didier Deschamps' side unable to find a second, the Irish pushed for what would have been an impressive point.

And they would have earned a draw had it not been for Maignan, who produced a series of impressive stops to outshine his more illustrious team-mates and leave the Irish frustrated.

More to follow.


R. of Ireland

Formation 3-4-2-1

1Bazunu12Collins5EganBooked at 90mins4O'SheaSubstituted forBrowneat 78'minutes2Coleman14MolumbyBooked at 77minsSubstituted forObafemiat 86'minutes6Cullen7DohertyBooked at 65minsSubstituted forMcCleanat 77'minutes20Ogbene17KnightSubstituted forJohnstonat 77'minutes19FergusonSubstituted forIdahat 65'minutesBooked at 88mins




Formation 4-3-3

16Maignan2PavardBooked at 22minsSubstituted forKoundéat 81'minutes13Konaté4Upamecano22Hernández7Griezmann21Camavinga14RabiotSubstituted forTchouaméniat 81'minutes12Kolo MuaniSubstituted forThuramat 90+2'minutes9GiroudSubstituted forDiabyat 65'minutes10Mbappé



Referee:Artur Manuel Soares Dias

Live Text

Match ends, Republic of Ireland 0, France 1.

Second Half ends, Republic of Ireland 0, France 1.

Marcus Thuram (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland).

Eduardo Camavinga (France) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland).

Substitution, France. Marcus Thuram replaces Randal Kolo Muani.

Mike Maignan (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland).

John Egan (Republic of Ireland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Aurélien Tchouaméni (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Egan (Republic of Ireland).

Attempt saved. Nathan Collins (Republic of Ireland) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Mike Maignan.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Aurélien Tchouaméni.

Attempt missed. Kylian Mbappé (France) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Eduardo Camavinga with a through ball.

Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ibrahima Konaté (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland).

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Michael Obafemi replaces Jayson Molumby.

Listen on Sounds banner

What's in store for Manchester United? A brand-new podcast follows the sale of one of the biggest clubs in the worldThe Sugababes' magical live performance: Get lost in old favourites and enjoy an unexpected cover

Listen on Sounds footer

Read Entire Article