O'Neill rues Irish defending against Belgium

Ireland's coach Martin O'Neill reacts during the Euro 2016 group E football match between Belgium and Ireland at the Matmut Atlantique stadium in Bordeaux on June 18, 2016Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill rued his team’s sloppiness in a 3-0 defeat to Belgium at Euro 2016 on Saturday that compromised their prospects of reaching the last 16. Ireland held the Belgians into the interval of the Group E game in Bordeaux, but Romelu Lukaku netted twice in the second half, either side of an Axel Witsel goal, as Belgium claimed a comfortable win. “We accepted the fact that Belgium are as talented a team, individually, as any in the competition, but the goals we gave away were not great from our viewpoint,” said O’Neill, whose team started their campaign with a 1-1 draw against Sweden.

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