Euro 2016: Robbie Brady's winner for Ireland sparks Twitter meltdown

As we all know, Ireland beat Italy 1-0 last night in France thanks to Robbie Brady's incredible goal in the 85th minute - and the Irish team celebrated in the best way.

Much was said beforehand about the changes that Martin O'Neill made to the Ireland side in advance of the win over Italy - a result that secures a date with France in the last 16 of the Euros.

"I can't really explain the feeling".

"Togetherness has been evident in our play", added O'Neill, who commended the "really great spirit about the side" seen during the tournament so far.

Italy 1-1 Ireland: Unfortunately, even a weakened Italian side looks full of quality and I think they'll do enough to get a draw to maintain their unbeaten record in the group stages. "I am absolutely thrilled". It's unbelievable. I lost myself a little bit in the celebrations.

The match victor understandably "lost [himself] a little bit in the celebrations", as he admitted that reaching the knockout stages are "what dreams are made of".

After a spirited display by the team throughout the first half, Ireland heaped pressure on Italy in an effort to score an all-important goal to carry them through to the next round.

Brady's goal came seconds after substitute Wes Hoolahan had passed up a chance to win it himself after going none-on-one with keeper Salvatore Sirigu, but he redeemed himself when he floated the ball into Brady's path and the winger, who started the competition at left-back, applied the finish.

"I think you've got to go and enjoy it", he said.

"It was a fantastic ball". "It caught under his feet but it's the sort of man he is that he [recovered] to put it right on my head", Brady said.

Brady's 85th-minute victor against Italy was by no means the first late contribution to the campaign, and manager Martin O'Neill insisted it could be no coincidence after Aiden McGeady in Georgia, John O'Shea in Germany and Shane Long against Poland all scored priceless last-gasp goals during qualification.

The good news for O'Neill is that Antonio Conte plans to rest some of his key men after Italy guaranteed themselves top spot with consecutive wins over Sweden and Belgium leaving them three points clear at the top with a better head-to-head record over their rivals. I would have done well to miss it.

"Obviously there's a great spirit among the players, but that won't win games alone".

So here is how Group E looks at the end of the 3 knock-out games. There was no-one there to get on, and no passengers wanted to leave the party anyway.


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