Monday cover: Antoine Griezmann is the French connection at Euro 2016

The National's Sport cover for the Monday, June 27 issue, featuring Antoine Griezmann after his double saved French face against Republic of Ireland at Euro 2016.

Powered by automated translation

The National's Sport cover for the Monday, June 27 issue, featuring Antoine Griezmann after his double saved French face against Republic of Ireland at Euro 2016.

For an hour, the Irish kept the hosts on their heels after they had taken a 1-0 lead just two minutes into the match on a penalty.

But finally Atletico Madrid man Griezmann headed in the equaliser, and three minutes later comfortably slotted home the winner.

Writes Richard Jolly:

“Vive la France. But only after Didier Deschamps had to revive la France.

“The hosts were 45 minutes away from being ejected from their own party. Euro 2016 was threatened with an unexpected, destabilising ‘Frexit’. France stared into the abyss and saw something that rendered their immediate future happier: spirit, a tactical rethink, a place in the quarter-finals.”

Follow us on Twitter @NatSportUAE

Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/TheNationalSport