Gallery: Republic of Ireland pull off another heroic result against Italy

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill

The Republic of Ireland made it through to the last-16 of Euro 2016 with a 1-0 win over Italy.

Celebrations after Robbie Brady's goal v Italy

It seems the Republic of Ireland like playing Italy after they recorded a memorable victory over the Azzurri to make it through to the last 16 of Euro 2016 with a 1-0 win in Lille.

It was an impressive performance from Martin O'Neill's side against an Italy team that had impressed with their defensive work in the opening two games to finish top of Group E.

Robbie Brady's goal deep into the second half was enough to send Ireland through to the knock-out stages where they will face France in Lyon - no history there then! Certainly, there will be that little bit of extra motivation for the side to settle a few scores with the host nation. 

O'Neill's side started the game on the front foot and took the game to Italy. Jeff Hendrick's left-footed strike missed the target, Shane Long was ruffling a few feathers among the Italy back line while James McClean had a strong appeal for a penalty. The referee was having none of it, though.

The second half began much like the first with plenty of Ireland pressure, though Italy did possess a threat as O'Neill set up his side in search of a winner. Lorenzo Insigne struck the post, while the introduction of Wes Hoolahan proved to be pivotal.

It looked as if he had blown their chance to make it through, when his tame shot found Salvatore Sirigu instead of the net, when he seemed destined to score.

He did, however, atone for his error with a wonderful ball in that allowed Robbie Brady to head home - beating the onrushing Sirigu to guide Italy through. It meant that much to Ireland that there were plenty of tears after the game.

Here are some of the best images from last night's action:

Republic of Ireland's Jeff Hendrick reacts after a missed chanceRepublic of Ireland's Jeff Hendrick reacts after a missed chance

Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman clashes with Italy's Lorenzo InsigneRepublic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman clashes with Italy's Lorenzo Insigne

Lorenzo Insigne hits the postLorenzo Insigne hits the post

Republic of Ireland's Wes Hoolahan shoots at goalRepublic of Ireland's Wes Hoolahan shoots at goal

Republic of Ireland's Wes Hoolahan reacts after Italy's Salvatore Sirigu saves his shotRepublic of Ireland's Wes Hoolahan reacts after Italy's Salvatore Sirigu saves his shot

Robbie Brady scores for Ireland against ItalyRobbie Brady scores for Ireland against Italy

Ireland players celebrate after Robbie Brady's goal v ItalyIreland players celebrate after Robbie Brady's goal v Italy

Republic of Ireland's James McClean celebrates at the end of the matchRepublic of Ireland's James McClean celebrates at the end of the match

Republic of Ireland's Robbie Brady celebrates Seamus Coleman and Wes Hoolahan at the end of the matchRepublic of Ireland's Robbie Brady celebrates Seamus Coleman and Wes Hoolahan at the end of the match

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