The hunt is under way for Irish soccer fans for match and travel tickets for Sunday's knockout European Championship game against hosts France, with details expected to emerge during the day.

Ireland's one-nil win over Italy sparked a night of celebrations at home and abroad, taking the country into the knockout stages of the competition for the first time.

A Football Association of Ireland spokesperson in Dublin has said there should be around 4,600 tickets available for Republic of Ireland fans.

3.500 of these tickets were reserved last February among the initial tickets. Another 1,000 were part of an internal quota for stakeholders and clubs, while around 100 extra tickets were also secured.

The spokesperson did not know how many might actually have been on sale on the UEFA portal today.   

The tickets are due to go on sale on the UEFA portal this afternoon with face-value tickets costing between €25 and €145.

Travel companies are finalising details of package deals for fans hoping to travel on Sunday.

One Irish travel agent is offering a day-trip package costing €739 - not including match tickets.

Ryanair has announced that it has scheduled 11 special return flights from Dublin to Lyon, which will depart on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Return flights could cost more than €700.

Meanwhile, an Aer Lingus flight to Lyon with 174 seats is sold out as is a flight the same day to Geneva, which is around one hour away.

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A number of Fine Gael senators have called on Irish airlines to keep the costs of travelling to the game on Sunday down.

Seanad leader Jerry Buttimer said that Irish fans have been renowned across Europe throughout the competition and it is a shame to see airlines exploiting them with high fares.

Fellow Fine Gael Senator Ray Butler pleaded: "Please Ryanair and Aer Lingus, please, please reduce your prices and let the ordinary person go.

"I am asking them to put the green jersey on, to reduce their prices and let everybody that wants to go, go.

"Don't let the ordinary man be priced out of the market."

In the Dáil, Labour leader Brendan Howlin called for the establishment of a fanzone, like other European cities, to allow everyone to watch the next match.

"We've done it for the All-Ireland, we've done it for the marriage equality referendum," he said.

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald said the Government would "certainly approach" the relevant authorities and said the facilities that were erected for the same-sex marriage referendum could be replicated.

She also said the win was "momentous" and the goal would rank with "the best of our memories of Irish soccer."

Meanwhile,  UEFA said there were no more tickets available at present for the Northern Ireland game.

Northern Ireland play Wales in Paris on Saturday.

A spokesman for Belfast International Airport said one charter had been arranged, with the probability of a second one.

It supported 14 extra flights during Northern Ireland's three group games, accounting for 3,500 fans.

Few extra aircraft are available for charter with the start of the busy summer holiday season, according to Belfast-based firm Travel Solutions.

A spokesman for Travel Solutions said: "A lot of people are looking for flights. We have a plane chartered to go (to the Northern Ireland game) but there are still quite a lot of people who are looking for spaces to get over.

"They are trying all avenues to try and get the planes but there are not more available at the moment, there just are not any planes.

"There are only a certain amount of planes and they also need crews and then you have the logistics of getting the right plane in the right place."