Ahead of the Republic of Ireland's date with France in the last 16 of the Euros on Sunday, thoughts go back to a night in Paris in November 2009.

It was the second leg of a World Cup play-off at the Stade de France, with the French leading 1-0 after their victory at Croke Park four days previous.

On the night, the Irish turned in a magnificent performance and deservedly went in front through Robbie Keane's first-half goal to tie up the score on aggregate. That's the way it remained at 90 minutes and extra-time was required, but what was to follow caused outrage.

Swedish referee Martin Hansson and his assistants failed to spot Thierry Henry controlling the ball with his hand before crossing for William Gallas to slide home a 103rd-minute equaliser which proved decisive, and the Irish dream of heading to Soiuth Africa had been shattered in the most cruel of fashions.

Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni: "I am not only disappointed, I am also sad. It is a bitter evening. It's a bitter situation. I would prefer to have gone out on penalties. Everybody saw the game. You know what happened."

Richard Dunne: "He [Henry] admitted afterwards he handled it, but it doesn't make me feel any better because we are not going to the World Cup finals. We were cheated tonight."

Robbie Keane: "They are all probably clapping hands, [UEFA President Michel] Platini sitting up there on the phone to [FIFA President] Sepp Blatter, probably texting each other, delighted with the result."

Defender Sean St Ledger: "I don't really know what went through his mind at the time. He is one of the best footballers in the whole wide world. When he retires, everyone will remember Thierry Henry - or maybe they will remember Thierry Henry for that now."

The repercussions of a dramatic night on the outskirts of Paris lasted long after Irish bitterness had subsided.

It emerged last summer that the FAI, which had lodged a formal complaint with FIFA over the game and asked the governing body to consider inviting a 33rd team to the finals, had later struck a deal with then president Sepp Blatter which saw them handed a cheque for €5milliion to avoid the possibility of a legal battle.

The sum, which was to be used to help finance the development of the Aviva Stadium, was a loan which was due to be paid back if Ireland made it to the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.

They did not and the debt was written off in December that year.

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