Italy vs Ireland: Ireland becomes the fourth British team to qualify for the knockouts Ireland claimed a dominating win over the group leaders Italy to book their place in the knockouts. This historic win has put the Irish draw with the hosts in the round of 16. It was a brilliant performance form the Irish lads over the first place assured Italy, who came into the match with many changes. These changes proved costly for Italy as they were not able to dominate the game like usual and suffered the defeat.
Italy vs Ireland: Ireland becomes the fourth British team to qualify for the knockouts
The winning goal for Ireland came in the 85th minute when the industrious Robbie Brady scored a memorable goal that he will always remember. Though this could have been a much dominated scenario, if Ireland would have been awarded the penalty that they deserved when Federcio Bernardeschi brought down James McClean but still didn’t affect the result as Ireland came up with the winning goal. Here are the player’s rated-
Darren Randolph – 6
The Irish number 1 had nothing to do as the center back duo of Ireland team covered their goal brilliantly.
Seamus Coleman – 6
The Everton man came up with some good performance both in the defense and attack, but was troubled by
Shane Duffy – 8
This lad came up with a brilliant and a master class performance for his team as he was commanding and cleared some good aerial troubles.
Richard Keogh – 7
Partnered brilliantly with the Shane Duffy and completely justified his selection by the Irish boss.
Stephen Ward – 5
It was a Poor performance form this guy up front. Did a decent job on defense, but was wayward with his crosses that didn’t troubled Italian defenders a bit.
James McCarthy – 7
He was the architect of the Irish attack and did a master class job for his team. The Irish attack couldn’t flourish if he didn’t perform so well.
Jeff Hendrick – 8
Brilliant performance from this lad and tested the Italian defense twice and his deliveries for Brady proved to be crucial.
James McClean – 7
Another shining star in the Irish wins and should have deserved the penalty which referee completely neglected.
Robbie Brady – 8
The lad won the heart with his brilliant, energetic performance which was capped by a brilliant goal.
Shane Long – 7
He played like a warrior for the Irish team in the tug of war with the Italian defenders.
Daryl Murphy – 6
He posed a threat for the Italian team but was not brilliant enough like the others in the attack.
Salvatore Srgu – 4
Poor performance by the Italian second choice goalkeeper and had poor deliveries too.
Andrea Barzagli – 6
The defensive midfielders shielded him well in the first two matches, but were exposed this time and did a little to prove himself.
Leonardo Bonucci – 5
Failed to deliver in the absence of his partner in crime and struggled to adapt to the role given to him.
Angelo Ogbonna – 6
Had freedom to explode and did well to deal with the Irish pace.
Federico Bernardeschi – 5
Very ordinary performance from this lad and was the reason why the Irish team flourished down the right flank.
Stefan Sturaro -5
He performed well, according to his standards, but Italy needed rather something special.
Thiago Motta – 5
A lot was expected from him and failed to deliver according to his standards.
Alessandro Florenzi -5
Italy’s Medfield looked ordinary as because of his poor performance and was not able to produce anything special.
Matteo De Sciglio – 5
Brilliantly protected the right flank, but was poor in the attack.
Simon Gaza – 6
Tried his best and did work, but only on few occasion otherwise was ordinary.
Ciro Immobile – 6
Seemed promising, would have flourished if his teammate granted him some support.