Ireland 0 – 1 France World Cup playoffs

November 15, 2009 | Filed Under: Blog, UK Box Update 
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Nicolas Anelka scored a deflected strike 18 minutes from time gave the French a 1-0 win at Croke Park.

The Chelsea striker got free on the edge of the Ireland box before his shot took a wicked deflection off defender Sean St Ledger and flew into the net.

Ireland showed early promise as captain Robbie Keane saw a shot blocked, Liam Lawrence had a shot deflected past the post from a clear opening and Keith Andrews shot wide but could not get the break in the end

The defeat leaves Giovanni Trapattoni’s men with it all to do in the return leg in Paris, with the Irish needing to win by two clear goals to go through on the night and participate in their first World Cup finals since 2002.It could prove telling next week as the 1998 World Champions take a slender 1-0 lead going into the return match at the Stade de France

French striker Thierry Henry was refusing to write off their Irish opponents ahead of the second leg.

There are still 90 minutes to go so it will be a tough game for us in Paris,” he told Sky Sports.

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  • Anyone reading this put a bet on the game? If so you might find this article interesting:

    It's from the Right2Bet campaign website and it shows you exactly how much money you could have lost from your winnings because of where you happen to be based in the EU. Pretty topical at the moment for the Irish and the French given Paddy Power's recent foray into the French gambling market. There's also a petition on the Right2Bet site to get fairer rules across the EU, which will get presented to the EU Commission once it reaches 1million: I'd encourage you to sign it if you think you've been burnt by these unfair rules.

  • Cheers for posting that Jon! Will definitely be watching Wednesday game. THink Ireland are at 6/1 to win but don't fancy our chances. France are the favs at 8/15 with paddy powe

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