EURO 2016

How the Irish heroes rated as they beat Italy

EURO 2016By John Brennan
Brady scores the Ireland winner
Brady scores the Ireland winner

The Republic of Ireland pulled off an historic victory against Italy to secure their place in the last-16 of Euro 2016 - here is how we rated Martin O'Neill's heroes.

Darren Randolph- A quiet night for the goalkeeper, with just a couple of Italian shots to bother him. Not always sure of his clearances on Lille's dodgy pitch. 6

Seamus Coleman- A proud evening for Killybegs as the full-back captained Ireland. Seamus had a big night and was more notable in an attacking sense than in the other matches. 8

Richard Keogh- Hindsight is a wonderful science, and the Derby man was not attacked too often by Italy. But you wonder does Martin O'Neill not now regret starting Keogh ahead of Ciaran Clark. 8

Shane Duffy- Almost fashioned a first half breakthrough with a great header. But suspect at the back where one or two clearances were not sure and long. But he's a big building block for the future. 7 

Stephen Ward- We won't give him 2, which is what L'Equipe thought of the full-back's effort against Belgium. But was more conscious of defence than attack in this one, not wanting to leave the door open. 6

Jeff Hendrick- He's been Ireland's Player of the Tournament. Excellent again in this one, not at all out of his depth. Surely the Dubliner will be a Premier League player by August. 8 

James McCarthy- His best game at the Finals as McCarthy got stuck in and some of the Italians didn't like it. Too often he makes the simple pass instead of the one that might open a defence. But that might yet come. 7

Robbie Brady- The Norwich man played very well in an unusual role. We thought it might be a match where a good set-piece could meant so much. Instead Brady put his name down with Ray Houghton as the goalscorer. 8

James McClean- Had a smashing first half and the Derryman was definitely pushed over at the end of the first half. Rather ran out of steam in the second period, but James can be proud of his effort. 7

Shane Long- At last he was given a bit of support in attack. The Tipperary man responded with a fine 90 minutes during which he got little enough protection from the referee. 7

Daryl Murphy- Grafted hard to help Long, but was a bit over-awed in this company, even Italy's weakened back-line. It was no surprise at all to see him substituted on the hour. 6