Republic’s Euro 2016 hopes hanging by a thread

first_imgVictory against Italy next Wednesday is essential if Martin O’Neill’s side are to reach the knock-out stages of the tournament.Tipperary’s Shane Long started the match – the Gortnahoe man should probably have been awarded a penalty early in the second-half and was replaced by Robbie Keane after 78 minutes. They went down 3-0 to a highly-ranked Belgium in their Group E match in Bordeaux.Romelu Lukaku got a brace for the Red Devils.Axel Witsel was also on target.last_img