Republic of Ireland beaten by France in Paris
The Republic of Ireland were no match for France last night.
The Boys in Green lost 2-0 in their European Championship qualifier in Paris.
Aurelien Tchouaméni and Marcus Thuram scored the goals for the home side at the Parc des Princes.
Next up for Stephen Kenny’s side is a clash with Netherlands on Sunday – the Dutch were 3-0 winners over Greece last night.
Cork midfielder Alan Browne says they need to move on from last night’s result.
“It was going to be a big ask, and we knew coming here that was going to be the case, for any team. They’re world champions for a reason.
“We are disappointed, but we need to get over it quite quickly.”
Boss Stephen Kenny says
“I felt in the first half we did initially transition well, we counter attacked well through Chiedozie Ogbene and Adam Idah, in that first half an hour we certainly did.
“France defended well and got goal side of our players at times, and it was the next phase – once we set it up we kept possession instead of penetrating after that, so that was a little issue for us for sure.
“I thought it was a definite foul [on Adam Idah in the build up to the first goal] to be honest at the time. I was surprised it wasn’t flagged. A lot happened after that, there was a corner kick.
“France are a world class team, one of the best teams in the world if not the best, but they didn’t really have too many chances in the first half. So those kind of marginal calls are important if you’re to get a result here.
“I can’t fault my players, they gave everything in the match. We were beaten by a better team for sure, France were excellent overall. For a lot of the players it’s the best team they’ve ever played against.
“Of course we could have done better at times for sure, but everyone gave everything.”