Ireland and France will line up against each other this weekend as the European Championships second round bracket was finalised after last night’s results.
Ireland outplayed Italy to defeat them 1-0 and to set up a mouth-watering clash with near rivals, and tournament hosts, France.
And Betfair are offering odds of 50/1 that it’ll be a repeat of 2009, when former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry handled the ball into the box and sent France through.
You can have 50-1 about France beating Ireland with a goal scored by handball on @Betfair
— Barry Orr (@BetfairBarry) June 23, 2016
The last time these sides met was in the World Cup qualifying playoff in November 2009, with Henry’s blatant handling helping France win the game and send them through to the tournament in South Africa.
The Euros draw has sat well with Ireland fans – many of them are delighted with the prospect of settling an old score against the French.
Ireland will now face France and have a chance for to gain revenge for that Thierry Henry Handball. Like Beer, revenge best served cold.
— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers) June 22, 2016
Remember when Patrice Evra offered to give Ireland a replay on PlayStation after the Thierry Henry handball? Hope the Irish players do.
— Kieran Cunningham (@KCsixtyseven) June 23, 2016
France finished Group A in first place with well-earned wins over Romania and Albania and a draw against Switzerland.
Ireland, however, had to leave it late against Italy to secure their passage into the last 16.
Loaded sports writer Pearse Corcoran has covered news, sport and entertainment for several national newspapers and radio stations in Ireland. Follow him on Twitter at @PearseCorcoran