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28.05.2018 at 15:00 Stade de France Paris Attendance:
France 2 - 0 Republic of Ireland
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (Bulgaria) Friendly / PROG-match

Oliver Giroud 36 mins,
Nabil Fekir 44 mins,
Opening squads
Steve Mandanda;
Djibril Sidibe,
Adil Rami,
Samuel Umtiti,
Benjamin Mendy;
Corentin Tolisso,
Steven Nzonzi,
Blaise Matuidi (captain); Nabil Fekir,
Olivier Giroud,
Kylian Mbappé
Colin Doyle
Derrick Williams
Seamus Coleman
Shane Duffy
Kevin Long
Declan Rice
Alan Browne
Callum O Dowda
Shane Long
James Mc Clean
Jon Walters
Shaun Williams
Matt Doherty
Graham Burke
Alan Judge
Harry Arter
David Meyler
Lucas Hernandez for Mendy 63 mins,
Antoine Grizeman for Fekir 64 mins,
Presnel Kimpembe for Umtiti 64 Mins,
Ousmane Dembele for Mbappe 77 Mins,
Paul Pogba for Tolisso 77 mins,
Benjamin Pavard for Sidibe 83 mins,
David Meyler -> Jon Walters (59)
Harry Arter -> Alan Browne (59)
Graham Burke -> Callum O Dowda (70)
Alan Judge -> Shane Long (70)
Shaun Williams -> Kevin Long (80)
Matt Doherty -> Derrick Williams (82)
Yellow cards
None None.
Red cards
None None.
Other statistics
0 Shots 0
0 Shots on goal 0
0 Offsides 0
0 Corner kicks 0
0 Free kicks 0
0 Penalties 0
Match report

Pictures from the match
Manager Martin O’Neill handed Derrick Williams his senior international debut by naming him in the starting lineup. The defender was an unused substitute against Turkey in March, and featured for a Republic of Ireland XI against Celtic earlier this month.

Played in torrential rain, France were playing in Stade de France for the final time before this summer’s FIFA World Cup.

Despite having the majority of possession, it took until the final ten minutes of the first half for France to put the pressure on Martin O’Neill’s side.

Corentin Tolisso hit the post with a shot from outside the box, minutes before Olivier Giroud gave the home team the lead.

Goalkeeper Colin Doyle did brilliantly to stop a Giroud header from point-blank range. The striker followed up to score from the rebound despite the best efforts of Seamus Coleman.

Just before the break, France doubled their lead. Nabil Fekir’s shot found the back of the net, after Doyle was unable to keep it out.

Opportunities in the second-half were at a premium as conditions in Saint-Denis worsened. Giroud came close to scoring twice more, but Doyle did excellently to stop one of the shots.

Striker Graham Burke made his international debut in the final 20-minutes. The Shamrock Rovers player became the first SSE Airtricity League player in just over a decade to represent Ireland, when he replaced Callum O’Dowda.

Shaun Williams also won his first international cap. The 31-year-old played the final ten minutes after coming on for Kevin Long and almost scored in added time only for a fine save by Steve Mandanda.

Ireland play their final match of the season on Saturday evening against the United States in a Three International Friendly. Kick-off is at 8:08pm

France: Steve Mandanda; Djibril Sidibe (Benjamin Pavard 83), Adil Rami, Samuel Umtiti (Presnel Kimpembe 64), Benjamin Mendy (Lucas Hernandez 63); Corentin Tolisso (Paul Pogba 77), Steven Nzonzi, Blaise Matuidi (captain); Nabil Fekir (Antoine Griezmann 64), Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mbappé (Ousmane Dembele 77)

Republic of Ireland: Colin Doyle; Seamus Coleman (captain), Kevin Long (Shaun Williams 80), Shane Duffy, Derrick Williams (Matt Doherty 82); Jonathan Walters (David Meyler 59), Callum O’Dowda (Graham Burke 70), Declan Rice, Alan Browne (Harry Arter 59), James McClean; Shane Long (Alan Judge 70)

Referee: Georgi Kabakov (Bulgaria)
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