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Published: 19:01 | 26/6/16

Griezmann: Half-time talk inspired comeback


Didier Deschamps half-time team talk inspired France's comeback in their Euro 2016 defeat of the Republic of Ireland, Antoine Griezmann has revealed.

The host nation found themselves behind inside the opening two minutes when Robbie Brady struck from the penalty spot and Ireland defended well throughout to lead at the interval.

However, Griezmann struck twice within three minutes shortly after the restart to turn the tie in France's favour before Shane Duffy's dismissal in the 66th minute all but ended Ireland's challenge.

Griezmann admits Deschamps delivered a few home truths during the half-time break, which the players took on board.

"We didn't play well in the first half and we said things in the changing room. The coach said things, the players said things, but we were playing for France to give everything we had," Griezmann said. "Our fans helped us and we are happy that we managed to get there."

Reflecting on Ireland's quick start, the Atletico Madrid player added: "For me, it's like this all year round with Atletico. We win matches 1-0 and we are suffering right until the end.

"We were hoping it would be different here with the French team, but it's been a bit similar. We knew it was going to be a complicated game, so we will enjoy it now.

"We are going to look at what we did well and what we did not so well. We are going to keep training to improve."

Deschamps added: "I knew this match was going to be a difficult match and when Ireland took the lead, it made us a little bit more uncomfortable in the first half.

"We did react well and we played with lots of enthusiasm from then, but we really had to dig deep to get through this situation.

"This team is really bringing a lot of emotion to the crowd and making everybody fall in love with them. There's a lot of emotion here in Lyon and we really needed this great support that we had from the fans."


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