Italy v Republic of Ireland, 22nd June, 8pm

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Well, Italy are through as group winners, so may well rest players ahead of the knockouts. Even if they do, I still fancy them to have way too much for Ireland, who have been pretty poor on the whole in this tournament.

Can Ireland grab a shock win which would give them a great chance at finishing 3rd and likely qualifying for the knockouts? Or are they done and are playing for pride? Will Italy rest players and take their foot off the gas? Or will they name a strong team and go for 9 points from 9?
 
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Italy are set to rest players and I reckon they've been overhyped on the basis of one good performance against Belgium. Just looking at their squad, I think Ireland should be able to get something here.
 

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Conte has confirmed Italy will make 7-9 changes.

They will still field a strong side though with a lot of players looking to earn their spot. Which could be very dangerous. It's all or nothing for us, so hopefully we go for it much like we did against Sweden.
 

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Not sure how much contact there was there, he seemed to go down very easily.

Nicely summed up by Howard Webb. I find myself agreeing with him.
 

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Don't understand O'Neill here.

Brady is a natural wide player, and who is good at crossing the ball, and is playing centre mid, while Hendrick, who is a natural centre mid, is on the wing?
 

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Ireland dropped lucky facing an already through Italy but glad they did. Much rather play N.Ireland than Turkey.
 

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That was quite special.

I think Wes might have played the ball of the tournament tonight. Unbelievable pass. Even more remarkable considering he fecked up a few minutes before.
 

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Congratulations Ireland, a win against Italy is always a fantastic result for them even though Italy rested the majority of the team, and in fairness they deserved it. Not sure how much further they can progress not been overly impressed with them, reaching the last 16 is probably more than they could have hoped for.

As for Italy if they can perform like they did against Belgium when they face Spain you could see them doing it, can't take a lot out of that tonight it was effectively the second string side.
 

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Class from Ireland. Delighted for Robbie Brady, always liked him and that goal will be remembered forever. What a cross by Hoolahan too.

Hopefully they learned from the Belgium defeat and give France a good game.
 

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What a cross from Hoolahan! Ireland through from the Group of Death thanks to Wes Hoolahan and some slightly lucky scheduling. Would have been nicer if Sweden had (deservedly) beat Belgium, but still, I'll take it. :lol:
 

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