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Late Brady goal sends Ireland through

Reuters , Wednesday 22 Jun 2016
Ireland's players celebrate after scoring during the Euro 2016 group E football match between Italy and Ireland (Photo: AFP)

Ireland reached the knockout phase at a European Championship for the first time when Robbie Brady's late goal earned them a 1-0 victory against Group E winners Italy on Wednesday.

Brady made a brilliant run into the box and headed home Wes Hoolahan's right-wing cross to make sure Ireland qualified as one of the four best third-placed teams with four points. They will face hosts France in the last 16.

Italy made eight changes and it showed at the Stade Pierre Mauroy as the Azzurri looked a touch disjointed, although they had a huge opportunity 12 minutes from time when substitute Lorenzo Insigne's perfectly curled shot hit the post.

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