Ireland's John Egan and Olivier Giroud of France in action in Thursday night's game. [Inpho/Laszlo Geczo]

Ireland go down in Paris

Ireland were outclassed by a sparkling France side who cruised to a 2-0 Euro 2024 qualifying victory at the Parc des Princes in Paris on Thursday night, RTE reports.

It took the home side just 19 minutes to make their dominance count as Aurélien Tchouameni curled home a classy effort from the edge of the box.

Ireland managed to keep it to a minimum at the break, however, the contest was all but over three minutes after the restart as Marcus Thuram added a second from close range.

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Stephen Kenny's side committed bodies forward looking for an avenue back into the contest but they rarely looked like threatening with Chiedozie Ogbene coming the closest to narrowing the gap.

Five wins out of five for the table-topping French as Ireland now must beat the Netherlands on Sunday night to harbor any slim hope of qualification for Euro 2024.