John O'Shea's Euro 2016 hopes hang by thread after Ireland hammered by Belgium

John O'Shea looks despondent after Belgium's second goal
John O'Shea looks despondent after Belgium's second goal
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Sunderland skipper John O'Shea's Euro 2016 hopes are hanging by a thread after republic of Ireland crashed to a 3-0 defeat against Belgium.

O'Shea, captaining the Irish, couldn't prevent Romelu Lukaku bagging a brace as the Belgians ran rampant in the second half.

Ireland, managed by former Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill, now need to beat Italy in their final Group E clash to progress to the last 16.

O'Shea did superbly to head away a wicked Kevin De Bruyne cross in the first half. The ball only dropped as far as Eden Hazard inside the penalty area, but the Chelsea star blasted high and wide when he should have done better.

That was the best chance of the opening period but within three minutes of the restart, Belgium were level. They counter-attacked through De Bruyne and when he rolled the ball into Lukaku's path, O'Shea was unable to block the shot as it nestled into the bottom corner.

Alex Witsel then headed a second before Lukaku rounded off the win, with Ireland again caught on the break.