Here are the Ireland player ratings on a night heroes were made

On a famous night, there was only one person for man-of-the-match…

DARREN RANDOLPH: Recovered from a nervy start and flummoxed Simone Zaza with a neat turn under pressure in the first half. Was beaten by a strike from Lorenzo Insigne but it came back off a post. 6

Darren Randolph gathers the ball ahead of Simone Zaza at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy. Photo by Ray McManus / Sportsfile
Darren Randolph gathers the ball ahead of Simone Zaza at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy. Photo by Ray McManus / Sportsfile

SEAMUS COLEMAN: Didn't get much joy down the flanks in the first half. Should perhaps have done better when a loose ball fell to him in the area in a second half in which he made some decent runs but offered no end product. 6

SHANE DUFFY: Did well in the air against Italy's forwards and sent a header over the crossbar in the second half. Was a nuisance in the opposition penalty area and solid in his own penalty box. 7

RICHARD KEOGH: Had little to do in the first half but made some important clearances in the second half. 6

STEPHEN WARD: Was solid defensively but inconsistent with his crossing at the other end of the pitch. Ward was booked in the second half for a robust challenge. 6

JEFF HENDRICK: Another decent display by the Derby midfielder. Hendrick was inches away with a superb long-range effort in the first half and produced some nice solo runs and neat passing throughout. 7

Jeff Hendrick takes a shot at the Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA
Jeff Hendrick takes a shot at the Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA

JAMES MCCLEAN: Was a threat going forward, making some strong runs. Closed down well and ran all night for the cause. Felt he should have had a first-half penalty. 8

James McClean appeals for a penalty. Photo by Paul Mohan / Sportsfile
James McClean appeals for a penalty. Photo by Paul Mohan / Sportsfile

JAMES MCCARTHY: Broke up play well and his distribution was simple yet effective. Had a quiet second half and was taken off for Wes Hoolahan as Martin O'Neill threw caution to the wind. 6

ROBBIE BRADY: Man of the match. Martin O'Neill spoke about the importance of set-pieces and his corners and free-kicks were good. Ran all night and popped up in the box to score a superb header. 9

Ireland's Robbie Brady celebrates scoring the winning goal. Pic: INPHO/Donall Farmer
Ireland's Robbie Brady celebrates scoring the winning goal. Pic: INPHO/Donall Farmer

SHANE LONG: Was a nuisance all night. Didn't have a sniff at goal but linked up well with Brady. Booked for a scuffle with goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu and won some brave headers in the second half. 6

Shane Long taunts Leonardo Bonucci and Salvatore Sirigu. Photo by David Maher / Sportsfile
Shane Long taunts Leonardo Bonucci and Salvatore Sirigu. Photo by David Maher / Sportsfile

DARYL MURPHY: Won his fair share of headers and held the ball up well at times. Saw a powerful header from a corner tipped over in the first half but was quiet in the second. 6

Italy’s Angelo Ogbonna vies for the ball with Daryl Murphy and Seamus Coleman. AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic
Italy’s Angelo Ogbonna vies for the ball with Daryl Murphy and Seamus Coleman. AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic

Subs:

AIDEN MCGEADY (for Murphy, 70 mins): Fired well over with one sight on goal and sent a header straight at the goalkeeper. 6

WES HOOLAHAN (for McCarthy, 77 mins): Was presented with a clear chance to score but fired straight at the goalkeeper, but made up for it with a superb cross for Brady's goal. 6

STEPHEN QUINN (for Long, 90 mins): N/A

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