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Republic of Ireland sense a shock in Euro 2016 showdown with France

Martin O'Neill said his side "played some phenomenal stuff" in the Republic of Ireland's 1-0 win over Italy and joked that getting a win over France in the round of 16 would be "easy".

Euro 2016 hosts France were supposed to have a relatively easy path to glory. Finishing top, as they were widely expected to do, meant a third-place opponent in the round of 16, a second-place opponent in the quarterfinals and no chance of meeting a fellow top seed until the semifinals.

Easy? It doesn't seem so easy now.

Even without indulging the reckless presumption that top-seeded England, who face Iceland, may now meet Les Bleus in the quarterfinals, the prospect of facing Ireland in Lyon on...

Remembering Thierry Henry's 2009 handball in Ireland versus France

The crew answer your tweets about the world's hottest team, Ireland's upset bid and Brexit.

Nearly seven years after one of the most difficult moments in Irish football history, Wes Hoolahan is in the Lille mixed zone and puts it rather simply. "We owe France one," the midfielder says to ESPN FC with a knowing smile.

What that "one" is, ahead of the Euro 2016 last-16 meeting between Ireland and the hosts on Sunday, comes from one of the most notorious incidents in modern football. At the Stade de France in the second leg of the World Cup playoff on Nov. 18, 2009, the Irish had come back...

Euro round of 16 pits England, France, Spain, Italy and Germany in one half

The ESPN panel break down the round of 16 fixtures at Euro 2016.

PARIS -- This is where it begins in earnest: a straight knockout draw to crown the European champion.

What jumps out at you while looking at the Round of 16 is the apparent lopsidedness. Germany, Spain, England, Italy and France are all in the same half of the draw. Put another way, you can count 11 World Cups and 10 European Championships among the teams in this half, all competing against each other for one spot in the final. And, in the other half, you have the likes of Belgium, Wales and Portugal.


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Euro 2016 heats up as France and co. prepare for round of 16 showdowns

The ESPN FC crew look ahead to the round of 16.

We have reached the business end of Euro 2016 -- the knockout stage. 

Our ESPN FC bloggers for the tournament have had their say on how their match will go. Do you agree? You can predict the outcome of each match by voting in our polls. 

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SWITZERLAND: Switzerland have slowly got better as the tournament has gone on, but their main problem remains in front of goal. Coach Vladimir Petkovic will have to decide whether to give Haris Seferovic another try or to stick with...

Spain top Euro 2016 Power Rankings, France second, Germany third

Relive the best goals of the group stage of Euro 2016.

The Euro 2016 group stage is complete and the bracket is set to start the knockout rounds. Who are the favourites to win it all at the Stade de France on July 10? We asked Miguel Delaney to rank the 24-team field.

1. SPAINThe team that produced the best performance of the tournament so far also showed the worst complacency in losing to Croatia. The defeat has given them an arduous path to the final, and will force them to show champions' quality. Regardless, they are probably still the...

Blaise Matuidi a victim of his own success with PSG and France

Unai Emery is hotly tipped to take over from Laurent Blanc at Paris St-Germain.

Paris Saint-Germain's Blaise Matuidi has not made the best of starts with hosts France at Euro 2016.

The 29-year-old all-action midfielder was not his usual irrepressible self in Les Bleus' Group A fixtures and after playing the full 180 minutes against Romania and Albania, he was given 13 minutes at the end of the Switzerland clash as well.

Heading into the latter stages, Matuidi's place in Didier Deschamps' starting XI is under intense scrutiny in France.

Newcastle United's Moussa Sissoko came...