"What heart, Ireland": The Italian press reacts to a famous win

The determination of Martin O'Neill's side has been praised by all and sundry

Ireland, Italy, Euro 2016,

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Ireland's win over Italy sees them progress to the knockout stages of the European Championships for the first time, in a night that is likely to be remembered by Irish fans for a very long time. 

The joy felt at the result was evident on Robbie Brady's face after he scored the goal, and in the comments he made after the match, along with his manager Martin O'Neill who said "we deserved the victory [...] and the whole performance was fantastic."

There was praise from all corners for Ireland's performance in the early reports released by the Italian press as Gazzetta dello Sport opened their report on the match simply by saying, "what heart, Ireland." Their front page on Thursday carried an image of a frustrated Simone Zaza during the game.  

La Repubblica report that Ireland went for broke with the introduction of Wes Hoolahan and Aiden McGeady, but it paid off as they linked up to create the ball that sent Robbie Brady through on goal. However, they added that Italy could learn a lesson from the way that Ireland played and that "Against Spain, Italy will need to show the same determination as O'Neill's men did tonight to get the job done."

Corriere della Sera note that the defeat against Ireland is a damaging one, as it means Italy will now take on Spain, but that Ireland had the "head, heart and legs" to earn them a famous victory. 

Elsewhere, Marca has stated that Europe has turned green after the famous result, while AS called the goal incredibly emotive, stating that the "Irish never give up."

With Ireland taking on France next, l'Equipe describe Hoolahan's cross as "perfect" as the Boys in Green punch their ticket for a place in the knockouts against France. Their front page on Thursday featured a picture of the Irish celebrations along with the headline "let the party begin again".