LYON, France -- Antoine Griezmann scored two goals in quick succession early in the second half Sunday to give host France a 2-1 victory over a spirited Ireland and a spot in the European Championship quarterfinals.
Griezmann, who had a chance for a hat trick late in the match, equalized with a powerful header from near the penalty spot in the 58th minute following a cross from right back Bacary Sagna.
Three minutes later, he collected a headed knockdown from striker Olivier Giroud, took one touch to move the ball inside the area and then composed himself before slotting the ball inside the right post. It was his third goal of the tournament and his 10th for Les Bleus.
Griezmann nearly got his third of the match in injury time but Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph made the save.
Ireland, which took the lead in the second minute when Robbie Brady scored from the penalty spot, slumped to the ground in exhaustion after the final whistle.
The Irish finished the match with 10 men following defender Shane Duffy's red card in the 66th minute for tripping Griezmann.
France will next face either England or Iceland on Sunday in Saint-Denis.
Relieved French fans inside the 58-000-seat Stade de Lyon broke out into a rendition of "La Marseillaise" -- the national anthem -- after the match, but they were not quite so vocal in a tense first half.
On Ireland's first foray forward, France center half Adil Rami was hesitant and then caught out of position, slipping as he failed to deal with a cross from the left aimed for striker Daryl Murphy. As the loose ball caused confusion, France midfielder Paul Pogba came across striker Shane Long and knocked him over.
Brady, who scored late in Ireland's win over Italy, stroked home the penalty off the inside of the right post for the second fastest goal in the history of the competition.