Tchouameni & Thuram score as France beat Ireland


Marcus Thuram of France, left, scores his side's second goal during the UEFA EURO 2024 Championship qualifying group B match between France and Republic of Ireland at Parc des Princes in Paris, France. 

The Republic of Ireland's slim hopes of qualifying for Euro 2024 were further dented as France ran out comfortable winners at Parc des Princes.

Real Madrid midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni's stunning 19th-minute goal put the hosts ahead at the break.

Substitute Marcus Thuram ensured a home victory early in the second half as the French made it five wins from five.

For the Republic, however, it is a third defeat in four games, leaving them fourth in the group.

Stephen Kenny's side's chances of qualifying for next summer's finals in Germany are remote, but they must regroup quickly and look to revive their campaign at home to the Netherlands on Sunday.

When France visited Dublin in March, Didier Deschamps' side escaped with a 1-0 win having been put under intense pressure by a spirited Republic team, with French goalkeeper Mike Maignan in inspired form.

But it was a different story in the French capital, with Thuram's goal taking the sting out of the game and paving the way for a largely comfortable second half for Les Bleus.

While few expected a Republic victory, their latest defeat leaves them facing an almighty task in their quest to qualify for a tournament for the first time under Kenny.

"From our point of view it's all about Sunday," Kenny, who admitted France were "too good", told RTE.

"That's the main objective. Holland beating Greece tonight means that if we beat them on Sunday we're all level [Republic, the Netherlands and Greece] in relation to second place.

"It is a big game and we need a victory."

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