Both sides have played down the rematch, although O’Neill admits it’s causing controversy.
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With the benefit of three days' extra rest, France are hoping to set a punishing pace that will wear Ireland out when they meet Sunday in the last 16 of the European Championship.France settled for a draw against Switzerland last Sunday, while Ireland beat Italy 1-0 Wednesday in Lille and only got back to their Versailles base outside of Paris at around 5 a.m. Thursday morning.Ireland coach Martin O'Neill has also shown impressive tactical flexibility, successfully changing his center-halves after the defeat to Belgium.Back in November 2009, Ireland lost a World Cup playoff to France following a blatant handball from forward Thierry Henry in the return leg at Stade de France.
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