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France vs Republic of Ireland

Competition – International Friendly

Stadium – Stade de France

Date: 28th May 2018

Kick-off time – 20:00 GMT

France head into this game unbeaten against the Irish since 1981 and this generation of players will be looking to keep that record intact after this warm up friendly for the World Cup.

France have impressed greatly under the leadership of Didier Deschamp and he led them to the Euro final in 2016 where they narrowly lost to Portugal.

France needed to see off a spirited Sweden side and Holland to qualify for this summer’s FIFA World Cup and they will be looking to live up to their billing as one of the favourites.

Deschamp has so much talent at his disposal he had to drop the likes of Anthony Martial, Adrien Rabiot, Kingsley Coman and Alexandre Lacazette while picking up surprise names like Steven Nzonzi and Benjamin Pavard who both have a huge point to prove in this game.

The Republic of Ireland has done very well under the management of Martin O’Neil over the past few years with the highlight of his reign being when they came close to upsetting France at Euro 2016.

They missed out on qualification for this summer’s World Cup after losing to Denmark in the playoffs.

However, this game offers them the chance to give some of their young players debuts as several first team players have made themselves unavailable to play.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

France

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Russia 1-3 France 27 Mar, 2018 International Friendly
L France 2-3 Colombia 23 Mar, 2018 International Friendly
D Germany 2-2 France 14 Nov, 2017 International Friendly
W France 2-0 Wales 10 Nov, 2017 International Friendly
W France 2-1 Belarus 10 Oct, 2017 FIFA World Cup Qualifying – UEFA

Republic of Ireland

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
L Turkey 1-0 Republic of Ireland 23 Mar, 2018 International Friendly
L Republic of Ireland 1-5 Denmark 14 Nov, 2017 FIFA World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
D Denmark 0-0 Republic of Ireland 11 Nov, 2017 FIFA World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
W Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland 9 Oct, 2017 FIFA World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
W Republic of Ireland 2-0 Moldova 6 Oct, 2017 FIFA World Cup Qualifying – UEFA

H2H

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
France 2-1 Republic of Ireland 26 Jun, 2016 UEFA European Championship
France 1-1 Republic of Ireland 18 Nov, 2009 FIFA World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
Republic of Ireland 0-1 France 14 Nov, 2009 FIFA World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
Republic of Ireland 0-1 France 7 Sep, 2005 FIFA World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
France 0-0 Republic of Ireland 9 Oct, 2004 FIFA World Cup Qualifying – UEFA

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