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Player ratings: How we think the Boys in Green fared in the Euro 2016 clash with France
Ireland lost out to the hosts in Lyon on Sunday afternoon.

Ben Blake reports from Parc Olympique Lyonnais

Darren Randolph 7 – Ireland’s number one was in good form as France turned the screw after the break. Couldn’t do anything about the goals but prevented Griezmann scoring a hat-trick.

Seamus Coleman 8 - Tasked with keeping Dimitri Payet quiet, Coleman was quick into the tackle and earned himself a booking in the first half.

Richard Keogh 7 - O’Neill kept faith with the central defensive pairing that contained Italy and Keogh repaid the faith before Ireland imploded.

Shane Duffy 5 - The Blackburn Rovers man won some superb headers to keep Giroud and Co at bay, but was at fault for the second goal, then took one for the team with his sending off.

Stephen Ward 7 - Full-back Ward passed a late fitness test and put in a fine display — making a vital block from Dimitri Payet late in the first half.

James McCarthy 6 - Sitting in front of the back four, McCarthy did a lot of dirty work in tracking runners from midfield and getting his boot in when he could, but lost Griezmann for his two goals.

Robbie Brady 8 - Hero in the Italy game, Brady stepped up to dispatch the perfect penalty in the second minute and did well overall but tired in the second half.

Jeff Hendrick 8 - Worked hard and brought energy closing down opponents in the first half, and soldiered on after receiving a dead leg from Paul Pogba.

James McClean 6 - The winger made plenty of runs in the first half and got up and down the line before being sacrificed for John O’Shea after Duffy’s red card.

Shane Long 7 - Got his body in front of the ball well to win the early penalty, and continued in that vein throughout but didn’t get a real goalscoring opportunity.

Daryl Murphy 8 - Used his physicality to cause problems for France’s centre-halves. Some nice touches and a shot that wasn’t far away before being substituted.


Jon Walters 6 - Brought on in the second half and had Ireland’s best chance of the second half – poking his strike wide of the post.

John O’Shea 6 - In to shore up the defence after Ireland went down to ten men and made a couple of important tackles.

Wes Hoolahan 5 - Hoolahan looked to get on the ball as Ireland chased an equaliser but it didn’t quite work out.

How would you rate today’s performance? 

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