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Summary

  1. Pool D FT: Ireland 16-9 Italy
  2. Win sends Ireland into last eight
  3. Earls try, Sexton con & 3 pens
  4. Allan 3 pens for Italy
  5. Use audio icon to listen to Radio 5 live sports extra commentary
  6. Use live coverage tab for BBC Radio Ulster commentary

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye!

Italy say goodbye, Ireland say hello. To the quarter-finals of the World Cup of course. And it is also time for us to say cheerio - until Tuesday when the World Cup resumes with Canada v Romania and Uruguay v Fiji.

And talking of farewells, a big-name Premier League football manager is leaving his job. Who? Head over to our live reaction page to find out...

Coach reaction - Schmidt

Ireland 16-9 Italy

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt on next weekend's table-topping clash against France: "France are another level up - we will have to raise our game again. We work on that this week and hopefully we can come up with the goods."

Coach reaction - Schmidt

Ireland 16-9 Italy

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt: "That game was exactly what we expected. We have been allowed to cruise through the first two games and it was shock to the system to come against a tier one side who needed to win to stay in the tournament.

"I said last week we'd take a one-point win, so a seven-point win is good enough."

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Stats of the day

Ireland 16-9 Italy

  • Ireland have now won 20 of their last 21 games against Italy
  • However, this was Ireland’s narrowest victory over the Azzurri since February 2011 having won by 23+ points in each of their four wins since then

Pool D as it stands

Ireland 16-9 Italy

Sorry for sounding like a broken record but it is important. Very important. Ireland's win books their place in the quarter-finals, while Italy's wait to reach the knockout stage for the first time goes on. And here's the confirmation....

Pool D table
BBC Sport

Full-time

Ireland 16-9 Italy

Josh Furno
Rex Features

Ireland shaded most departments against Italy, but one stat really jumps out - at the line-out. No pun intended there...

The Italians failed to collect 12 of their 17 throws, while Ireland continued their impeccable line-out record in the tournament - winning all 10 of their attempts.

Full-time

Ireland 16-9 Italy

Nail on head. Former Welsh international Scott Quinnell sums up the Ireland result rather succinctly.

#ITA Scraped hard today. #IRE won't be happy with performance but a Win is a Win . That's all that counts. Big game next week. #RWC2015

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Poor from Ireland. They never got going at all today, but a win is a win. Huge improvement needed ahead of France next weekend. #bbcrugby

Player reaction - O'Connell

Ireland 16-9 Italy

Paul O'Connell
Reuters

Ireland captain Paul O'Connell: "We have won and are into the quarter-finals,  that's the bonus. It was a disappointing performance, very inaccurate, and we have put too much ball down. When we do that we can't play our game and it interrupted our rhythm. A great try-saving tackle from Peter O'Mahony saved the game for us.

"It is going to be a massive game against France, who are playing good rugby. We have to massively improve from this performance."

Ireland 16-9 Italy

The Irish also made more metres (386-300), made more carries (126-105) and beat more defenders (20-10).

The one stat that Italy did dominate was the number of tackles made - 146 to Ireland's 90.

It may have been a hard-fought win for Joe Schmidt's men, but it was a win nonetheless.

Ireland 16-9 Italy

Full-time action areas
Opta

The full-time action areas suggest that, while Italy kept them honest, Ireland deserved their victory, with 57% of the possession and having had the better of the territory.

A win's a win

Ireland 16-9 Italy

David Humphreys

Former Ireland fly-half on Radil Ulster

The win is the important thing. It is three wins out of three and Ireland are in good shape going into the final pool game against France. Next Sunday's game is absolutely huge. They have both qualified and the aim now is to avoid the All Blacks.

Full-time

Ireland 16-9 Italy

Tommy Bowe and Peter O'Mahony
AP

The Irish victory means Joe Schmidt's men are assured of a place in the quarter-finals. And that sets up a humdinger of a final game against France - the winner taking the group and avoiding the All Blacks in the last eight.

No such luck for the Italians though. The Azzurri are heading home. After their final Pool D match against Romania of course.

Leonardo Sarto
Reuters

Full-time

Ireland 16-9 Italy

And that's it - all over! Johnny Sexton receives the ball and sticks his boot straight through it to find touch. Ireland needed to win - by hook or by crook - and that is exactly what they have done.

Missed penalty

Ireland 16-9 Italy

This to seal the match then. But Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton drags the kick left of the posts. Don't worry too much though, Ireland fans, there are just seconds left on the clock...

Ireland 16-9 Italy

Keith Earls
Rex Features

Zebo is in the thick of the forward running, but then wastefully throws a forward pass as he looks for Tommy Bowe in support. Hang on - the referee doesn't give it! And then Italy give away a kickable penalty for obstruction...

Ireland 16-9 Italy

Untidy stuff from the Ireland pack allows Italy to counter down the right flank, but an offload goes stray and allows Simon Zebo to gather. Chance gone. And that sets up an Ireland attack...

Denis Hickie

Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

Johnny Sexton
AFP

"Ireland haven't clicked and they haven't looked like a team that can go on and win the World Cup. It just hasn't really happened for them today."

Ireland 16-9 Italy

The Olympic Stadium
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How are your nerves Ireland fans? A poor throw from Italy hooker David Giazzon goes long over his team-mates, allowing Johnny Sexton to hammer clear into touch and ease the pressure.

Sin-bin - Peter O'Mahony

Ireland 16-9 Italy

Peter O'Mahony is shown a yellow card
Rex Features

Ireland have been dominant at the line-out today, but can't nick another Italian set-piece inside their own 22. Azzurri scrum-half Edoardo Gori boots clear the danger, but referee Jerome Garces decides to collar Peter O'Mahony for a high tackle. The Frenchman shows the yellow card. The Irishman cannot believe it.

Ireland 16-9 Italy

Ten minutes left in this tight Pool D game. Can Ireland hang on? They should do. But they might have to do it with 14 men, however...

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Replacement

Ireland 16-9 Italy

Another raft of changes sees Ireland introduce Devin Toner and Chris Henry, while Italy throw veteran Mauro Bergamasco into the fray.

Missed penalty

Ireland 16-9 Italy

Carlo Canna
AFP

The first job of the afternoon for Carlo Canna - Tommasso Allan's replacement - is to line up a kick at goal. But the Italy fly-half's kick from close to the halfway line lacks the legs and drops short of the Irish posts.

Replacement

Ireland 16-9 Italy

Sergio Parisse
AFP

Time for a Italian change - and one that is not unexpected. Talisman Sergio Parisse - playing his first World Cup match after injury - trudges off after battling through an hour, despite only returning to training on Tuesday after a calf injury. Fly-half Tommaso Allan is also replaced.

Ireland 16-9 Italy

Dave Kearney
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Ireland, whose overall possession percentage has now ticked up to 58%, are also starting to dominate the other attacking numbers.

They've now made now metres (299-223), more carries (102-77) and beaten more defenders (14-5).

Although how many of those beaten defenders is actually just Simone Favaro being given the runaround, we can't confirm...

Ireland 16-9 Italy

Little under 20 minutes left. That's 20 minutes for Ireland to hold on and book their quarter-final sport. Or it is 20 minutes for Italy to mount a courageous comeback and save their World Cup skins?

Listen to this fascinating second half on BBC Radio 5 live by clicking on the speaker symbol at the top left hand side of the page.

Ireland v Italy is turning into a bit of a nail-biter. Commentary now on @5liveSport

Penalty - Ireland 16-9 Italy

Johnny Sexton

Jonny Sexton kicks a penalty
AFP

More Italian indiscipline - a sign that they are getting a little leggy? - gives Johnny Sexton another shot at goal. More silence from the crowd, before more brilliance from the Irish fly-half's trusty right peg.

Replacement

Ireland 13-9 Italy

Time for a double Ireland change in the front row. On come Cian Healy and Nathan White.

Ireland 10-9 Italy

Simone Favaro misses a tackle on Robbie Henshaw
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We mentioned Simone Favaro's impressive tackling stats earlier on, but he's not been quite so imperious in this second half.

He's now missed five tackles - which is more than the rest of the Italy team put together (nine in total).

Penalty - Ireland 13-9 Italy

Johnny Sexton

A hush around the Olympic Stadium as Johnny Sexton lines up his fourth kick of the afternoon, teeing up just to the right of the Italian posts inside the 22. No problem for the Irish fly-half. Three more points nudge his team further ahead.

Ireland 10-9 Italy

Here is the Irish onslaught. Johnny Sexton hangs a cross kick in the autumn air, knowing that Ireland have an advantage after an earlier Italian faux pas at the breakdown. Robbie Henshaw challenges for the high ball, but it wriggles out of his grasp. So the referee brings it back for the earlier offence...

Denis Hickie

Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

Peter O'Mahony is tackled
Reuters

"Great pressure from Ireland but there's still an inability to make a clean break and get through the Italian defence. That worries me when they're taking it through phases, like they are."

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Not sure if this is poor by Ireland or brilliance by Italy!! #bbcrugby #RWC2015 #IREvITA

Time for changes

David Humphreys

Former Ireland fly-half on Radio Ulster

"This is the stage of the game where you look at the strength of the benches, and see what impact they can make. People like Luke Fitzgerald, Devin Toner and Chris Henry will have to come on and make a difference."

Ireland 10-9 Italy

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt looks pretty glum, hand on chin, as he assess the danger from his lofty position in the Olympic Stadium stands. Irish fans - if they didn't realise it before - know their side are involved in a scrap. "Ireland, Ireland!" rings around as they throw their support behind the men in green.

A maul
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Penalty - Ireland 10-9 Italy

Tommaso Allan

Italy might have been denied the chance of seven points, but the next best thing is to add three on their side of the scoreboard shortly after. Tommaso Allan gratefully accepts the chance to fire a penalty at the sticks, confidently walloping an arrow of a kick straight through. We have a game on our hands!

No try

Ireland 10-6 Italy

Josh Furno is tackled short of the try line
AFP

Italy denied, Ireland relieved. Sensational last-ditch tackle from Irish back rower O'Mahony, who shoves Furno to ensure the Italian's left-foot touches the whitewash. No try.