Irish must beat Italy to revive Euro hopes

Published 21.06.2016 23:40
Updated 21.06.2016 23:42

For Ireland to reach the knockout stages at Euro 2016 they must achieve something they haven't done in 28 years - win a game at the European Championsip.

Martin O'Neill's team face an Italian side already guaranteed victory in Group E and manager Antonio Conte is likely to field many of his reserves, but it remains to be seen if Ireland can end their long winless streak in this must-win game. Group rivals Sweden and Belgium meet at the same time, with the Swedes aiming to finish second in the group by beating the side who hammered Ireland 3-0 last time out. But Ireland could also take that spot behind Italy if they win and pip Sweden on goal difference.

An Irish victory and a draw between Belgium and Sweden could also see Ireland through as a third-placed team.

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