France face the Republic of Ireland in the fourth round of 16 clash at Euro 2016 at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon on Sunday, June 26.
The match kick-off is at 2pm BST and live TV coverage of the game in the UK is available on ITV 1. Radio commentary is available on BBC Radio 5 live. Football fans in United States can catch the action on ESPN and ESPN Deportes while live streaming is available on WatchESPN which require network subscription. You can also head to SofaScore for free streaming (registration required, terms may apply).
Live TV coverage in India is available on Sony Six and Sony ESPN, with mobile and online coverage available on SonyLiv. Kick-off is at 6.30 pm IST (Sunday).
The French will be looking to maintain their winning run at the Stade de Lyon when they take on Republic of Ireland as they have not lost in Lyon since 1968, which was against Spain in their first ever match in the French city. ?The hosts are one of the favourites to progress to the last eight and anything less than a semi-final appearance will be deemed a failure for them.
Although they qualified at the top of Group A but were not at their best in all the clashes, they won two of their three games, but have looked vulnerable in defence at times. Their recent record in knockout matches at the Euros is not the best having lost the last two and both times they succumbed to the eventual winners. In 2004 it was Greece, while in 2012 it was to Spain. However, France have had a week to prepare for the last 16, and arrive qutie fresher than their opponents, having rested several key players in their final group game.
On the other hand, Republic of Ireland come into this game as underdogs and they prefer it that way as they can play without any pressure. They performed rather poor in the group stages, but turned up when it mattered most to beat Italy in their final group game and snatch a place in the Round of 16. It is the first time they have progressed beyond the group stage at a European Championship finals, and their first knock-out game at a major tournament since the 2002 World Cup.
In head to head, France are unbeaten in their last five games against the Republic of Ireland. France’s last defeat against the Republic of Ireland was in a World Cup qualifier in 1981, when the hosts won 3-2 at Lansdowne Road.
France: Lloris; Sagna, Rami, Koscielny, ?vra; Pogba, Kant?, Matuidi; Griezmann, Giroud, Payet.
Republic of Ireland: Randolph; Coleman, Duffy, O’Shea, Ward; Whelan, McCarthy, Hendrick, Brady; Hoolahan; Long.
Here?s all you need to know:
What: France vs. Ireland in the Round of 16 at the UEFA European Championship.
When: Sunday, June 26
Kick-off: 2 p.m. BST/3 p.m. CET/9 a.m. ET
When: Parc Olympique Lyonnais, in Lyon, France
TV Channel: ITV 1, ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Republic of Ireland 9/1