Antoine Griezmann saved France's blushes as his brace enabled the host nation to a nervy comeback victory over Republic of Ireland to send them through to the quarter-finals of the competition.
Ireland are the first obstacle standing in their way as tournament hosts France enter the dangerous knock-out course with eyes firmly set on nothing short of a prized European Championship triumph on home-territory.
Former Manchester United Captain Roy Keane, who serves as the assistant coach for the Republic of Ireland, was in jubilant mood and was seen joking about a controversy from his playing days.
Jon Walters was the toast of Lansdowne Road as his brace against Bosnia-Herzegovina in a 2-0 victory fired Ireland to next summer's European Championship Finals in France.
Republic of Ireland vs Germany Preview: Make or Break for The Republic, A test against the best.
Both the Republic of Ireland and the USA look to end 2014 on a winning note, as the two sides face each other in a friendly that serves to provide opportunities to fringe players in the form of game time. The Irish are looking to get back to qualifying for major tournaments on a regular basis - starting with an expanded Euro 2016, while the Americans aim to build on a strong performance at the World Cup earlier this year.
Germany host Ireland in their next World Cup qualifier fixture at the RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne tonight as they look to secure their place in the Brazil.
Backed by past record of upsetting big teams and coached by one of the most experienced gaffers in the business, Republic of Ireland may upset the applecart in Euro 2012.
Republic of Ireland may find themselves in a tough group with Spain, Italy and Croatia but they are no strangers to upsetting big guns on the big stage.