Ireland's World Cup soccer hopes were dashed in 2009 when French player Thierry Henry deliberately handled the ball at a qualifier match between the two countries at the Stade de France.

This was the second of a two-legged play off, the first of which had been won 1-0 by France in Croke Park on 14 November 2009. Robbie Keane scored a goal for Ireland in the second match, but when it went into extra time, Henry handled the ball to William Gallas. His handball was missed by match officials, allowing Gallas to score for France. This goal meant that over the two legs of the qualifier France won 2-1 on aggregate.

Reporter Tony Connelly talks to some disappointed Irish fans in the Stade de France after the match. 

An RTÉ News report from 18 November 2009.

Soccer Fans, Stade de France