Republic of Ireland vs Italy player ratings: Robbie Brady caps energetic display with memorable goal

23 Jun

Robbie Brady rekindled memories of 1994 when he headed the Republic of Ireland into a dramatic 1-0 victory over Italy to book a dream Euro 2016 showdown with hosts France.

Brady struck with just five minutes remaining to serve up a repeat of the famous night at the Giants Stadium in New Jersey 22 years ago when Jack Charlton’s men humbled the Italians.

It was no more than Ireland deserved after dominating against the much-changed Group E winners, and they might have won even more comfortably had Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan awarded what looked like a clear penalty for Federico Bernardeschi’s challenge on James McClean as the first half drew to a close.

On a glorious night under the roof at the Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille, a first win at the Euros since they beat England in 1988 and a first at a major tournament since they saw off Saudi Arabia at the 2002 World Cup finals wrote a new chapter in Irish football history to the clear delight of management duo Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane.

Who impressed during Ireland’s brilliant late win? Take a look at the gallery above for our ratings.

Additional reporting by PA

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