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Thierry Henry trolled by Republic of Ireland fans on Twitter

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The Republic of Ireland secured one of the finest wins in their history on Wednesday night as they overcame Italy by one goal to nil in the European Championships. 

Robbie Brady's dramatic 85th-minute header was enough to see Martin O'Neill's side secure their place in the Round of 16 of the prestigious tournament. 

Unsurprisingly, then, the entire nation went into euphoria, but attentions have quickly turned to their next fixture. 

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That's because they are set to meet hosts France at the Stade des Lumieres on Sunday. 

And we all know what that means; a chance to avenge France after they controversially beat Ireland during a World Cup play-off back in 2009. 

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Henry handball 

It was Arsenal hero Theirry Henry who settled the tie after intentionally handling the ball to set up William Gallas’s decisive goal in Paris. 

French forwards Thierry Henry (L), Alou

It was a moment that Irish fans will never forget and it's safe to say that they are now desperate for their country to eliminate France this weekend. 

As you can imagine, Republic of Ireland supporters have well and truly had their say on Twitter ahead of the huge contest. Henry should probably look away now. 

Here are the best tweets: 

O'Neill has his say 

Irish boss Martin O'Neill has admitted that his side's victory over Italy was 'very special'. 

He said, as per the Guardian: “I don’t think I’ve ever been prouder. I’ve had some great nights but this was very special. It all became very emotional at the end.

"We deserved to win the game but I must admit I thought the chance had gone when the goalkeeper saved from Wes Hoolahan. It doesn’t matter now though, it was a phenomenal win, a phenomenal night.”

Italy v Republic of Ireland - Group E: UEFA Euro 2016

Match-winner Brady, meanwhile, admitted that he 'lost' himself when he scored the crucial goal.

He stated: “Wes’s chance came so quick it got under his feet but two minutes later he put a fantastic ball right on my head I’d have done well to miss. I think I lost myself a little bit when I scored. I couldn’t help it, it’s what dreams are made of.

“I think every Irish person around the world will be celebrating. It was like an out of body experience when I scored. I’m still stuck for words, to be honest. This was our last chance and we knew it.

"It showed in our hard-working team spirit, we had it all tonight, we stuck at it and it was a great performance in the end. Roll on France. We know they are a top-class team, but if we can click like we did tonight we have nothing to fear.”

Who will claim a place in the last eight: Republic of Ireland or France? Have your say below!

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