Ireland Stun Italy To Advance As Ibrahimovich’s Sweden Gets Knocked Out

Ireland have qualified for the knockout stages of the Euro 2016 after a surprise win against Italy.

The result now means all British teams are through to the knockout stages of the competition.Brady scored his 85th minute headed goal from a pinpoint cross by his Norwich City clubmate Wes Hoolahan, who had just spurned a golden opportunity to seal the well-deserved victory himself.

Republic of Ireland's Robbie Brady celebrates Seamus Coleman and Wes Hoolahan at the end of the match
Republic of Ireland’s Robbie Brady celebrates Seamus Coleman and Wes Hoolahan at the end of the match

It delivered Irish football one of its most famous nights against a second-string Italy side, with the three points securing third place in the group and setting up a last-16 tie against hosts France in Lyon on Sunday.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s international career ended in a damp squib when Sweden lost 1-0 to Belgium in their final Euro 2016 Group E match on Wednesday and failed to reach the last 16.Radja Nainggolan’s fine shot after 84 minutes sent Belgium into the knockout stages and a game against Hungary as they finished second in the standings, level on six points with group winners Italy.

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Ibrahimovic’s bold promise that he would never finish with a disappointment proved to be mistaken.He tried in vain to inspire his team and had a second-half effort ruled out for offside but Belgium, without ever producing their most fluent football, had enough quality to deal with Sweden’s sporadic attacks and create opportunities of their own.

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