France coach Didier Deschamps admitted that it was no easy task for his side against Ireland, crediting his second-half tactical switch for 'shaking things up'. Opposite number Martin O'Neill hailed his players' tireless display.
France may have fallen behind early to Robbie Brady's spot-kick (2'), but a brace from Antoine Griezmann (58', 61') saw Les Bleus claim a 2-1 win over a ten-man Ireland side and book a place in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals.
Olympique Lyonnais have made the first new signing of the summer transfer window, bringing in Poland international left-back Maciej Rybus on a three-year deal to replace outgoing Cameroon international Henri Bedimo.
Les Bleus secured top spot in Euro 2016 Group A by holding Switzerland to a 0-0 draw on Sunday, but could have hoped for a better result given the chances that fell for France stars Paul Pogba and Dimitri Payet.
France star Dimitri Payet talked up Les Bleus' tenacity after the late 2-0 win over Albania that clinched a place in the last 16; his coach Didier Deschamps explained why Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann started on the bench.
Very late trikes from Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet handed France a 2-0 win over Albania in Marseille on Wednesday - a result that qualified Les Bleus for the last 16 while leaving some question marks over their efficacity.