Win was “life and death” for Ireland, says Italy coach Conte

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Lille (France) (AFP) Italy coach Antonio Conte congratulated the Republic of Ireland after Robbie Brady's late goal saw them seal a 1-0 win in Lille to reach the knockout phase of Euro 2016.

The Azzurri were already guaranteed top spot in Group E coming into the match at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy, allowing Conte to make eight changes to his starting line-up for the game, which was decided by Brady's 85th-minute header.

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