Ah, that was heartbreakingly entertaining. Ireland were ahead, a Robbie Brady penalty after less than sixty seconds had the Boys in Green delirious. We survived until halftime, and were comfortable enough with trying to catch the hosts on the counter.
The game turned on three minutes in the second half. Antoine Griezmann nods France level, then two minutes later slots home the lead goal after superb work from Gorgeous Giroud.
But did anyone call it? Well, there were plenty of happy Paddy Power customers.
Brady was 18/1 to open the scoring so it would’ve been a bit of a rollercoaster if anyone had backed Shane Long or Brady for first goalscorer. A penalty could’ve brought anyone a shot at scoring! Except maybe Jack Grealish.
But the real winners of the day were the 30 or so Paddy Power customers that backed Brady to score first and France to win 2-1 at odds of 200/1.
No doubt these lads were screaming at their television sets for France to ‘calm the feck down’ when they started to batter the Irish goal as the second half progressed.
But with 94 minutes gone it was enough for Paddy to pay out and cry into his dinner of smoked salmon with fried courgettes and rich couscous.
So it’s back to the World Cup qualifiers for the Irish in September. The chances are that’s the last we’ll see of Robbie Keane, Shay Given, John O’Shea and possibly John Walters. But hey, at least we were there and we’re still in Europe. In your face England!
- We’re still proud of our little nation. The full range of Euro 2016 odds are here if you fancy a flutter. We’re off to drink away our sorrows and remember that the Premier League is back in a few weeks. What? An Irish league?