Republic of Ireland Under-21 boss Stephen Kenny said he will not "take lightly" the piece of footballing history they've made at the Toulon Tournament this month.

Kenny's men edged past Bahrain 1-0 on Sunday to become the first Irish side ever to progress to the semi-finals of this competition.

Connor Ronan’s defected free-kick did the business. It meant that after wins against China's Under-22s, and a draw with Mexico Under-22s, the Boys in Green topped Group C.

They will face Brazil's Under-22s on Wednesday, a daunting but mouthwatering challenge.

"We don't take it lightly," Kenny told FAI TV after the win against Bahrain.

"A lot of great Irish players played in this tournament for many years. It's the first time an Ireland team has reached the semi-finals. The players deserve huge credit. 

"It's tough on the energy levels, the heat and humidity. We've had three games in six days - two of them have been in the middle of the day. 

"We've quite a lot of Under-19s in the team. It's been tough physically."

Ireland have impressed in the south of France, taking on board their new manager's ideas and philosophy and producing some impressive football in stifling heat.

Another good display against the Samba Boys - who have scored 13, conceded none, and cruised through Group B - would see their reputation soar further, though Kenny is staying grounded.

"We've got to dust ourselves down now for the semi-final," he added.

"We're delighted to have got seven points from the group. We felt it was a tough group with China and Mexico having their Olympic qualifying teams and Bahrain being somewhat of an unknown quantity to us really.  

"We've less recovery than other teams. We'll make sure we are prepared as we can be and we'll give everything of ourselves to try and make sure we get through."