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Republic of Ireland fans

Republic of Ireland outclassed by Belgium everywhere except the stands

Twenty-two years ago to the day since Ray Houghton scored that famous goal against Italy at the 1994 World Cup finals, the Republic of Ireland went in search of another memorable victory against a European powerhouse. This time, however, there was no fairytale ending and unless Martin O’Neill and his players can summon something spectacular against the Azzurri in Lille on Wednesday, all roads point to home for Ireland.