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NI team arrive home to heroes' reception

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The Northern Ireland team arrived back on Monday evening to a heroes reception at the Titanic fanzone.

Manager Michael O'Neill was given 'the bumps' on the Belsonic stage as thousands of fans flocked to the venue to show their gratitude for the team's exploits at Euro 2016.

Players lined up on the stage and soaked up the appreciation at the end of a memorable French adventure.

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NI team leave France for home

The NI team posed for one last photo at their French base before returning home. Credit: Presseye

The Northern Ireland team have left France ahead of their Belfast homecoming.

The team will arrive home to fans gathered at the Titanic Slipway fanzone at around 5.30pm.

Michael O’Neill’s side may have exited the tournament after a 1-0 defeat to Wales on Saturday, but supporters will be keen to show their gratitude for their heroes.

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The Republic of Ireland have taken a very early one-goal lead in their last 16 game against Euro 2016 hosts France, thanks to a Robbie Brady penalty two minutes in.

Irish players and fans celebrate their opening goal against France. Credit: PA

Ireland were awarded the penalty when Shane Long was fouled in the box and it was Brady who stepped up to take it.

He coolly slotted the ball past French goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris to fire the Irish side ahead.

They went on to give the hosts serious cause for concern in the opening 45 minutes of play, with France unable to find an equaliser before the break.

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Irish fans are outnumbered but still vocal in the stadium in Lyon. Credit: PA

Martin O’Neill’s side took to the pitch in front of just 5,000 of their own fans, but will be hoping they can still make their voices heard over the home supporters.

Their manager has already called for his team to go all out in their bid to stay in the tournament.

And while the Ireland team have been focused on the task in hand, much has been made of their chance to get their own back on France after Thierry Henry’s handball incident seven years ago.

Homecoming planned for NI football team

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Fans will get the chance to show their appreciation to the Northern Ireland team as they return from their European adventure in France.

Sports Minister Paul Givan has announced a homecoming event to be held at the Belsonic Fan Zone at Titanic Quarter on Monday.

The event, in conjunction with the Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council will begin at 5.30pm, with festivities due to end at around 8.30pm.

Anyone wishing to attend will need to get a ticket, through the Ticketmaster website - www.ticketmaster.ie.

Tickets are charged at £2 to cover administration costs, with £1 going to the official charity of both the IFA and Fan Zone, NI Cancer Fund for Children.

Speaking on announcement of the event, Paul Givan said: “Michael O’Neill and the team have made the whole country proud and it has been fantastic to seethe green and white army getting behind their team, both in France and back home.”

O'Neill and his players will take to the stage to share their experiences of Euro 2016 in France.

Anyone wishing to attend is advised that parking will not be available at the venue, so fans are encouraged to use public transport.

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