Former Manchester United legends Ryan Giggs and Roy Keane were a part of the same team once again, this time for ITV as pundits during Portugal's 2-0 semi-final win against Wales in the first Euro 2016 semi-final. The reunion however produced plenty of fireworks, as the duo sparked many debates during the show where Giggs didn't hesitate in taunting his former team-mate.
Giggs was a proud Welshman despite his side's Euro exit after Wales surprised everyone by making it to the semi-finals. Republic of Ireland — where Roy Keane is a member of the coaching staff — were knocked out in the Round of 16 by hosts France.
The two nations are now set to go head to head during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, where both Wales and Republic of Ireland are in the same group. When enquired about Wales' prospects in that group, Giggs called it a 'nice easy group' to qualify from, while giving Keane a mischievous smile. Watch the video below.
Keane who is known for his feisty comebacks had to take a much milder route this time as he gave a friendly slap on Ryan Giggs' leg.
Although the Irishman was at his fiery best while assessing the Welsh performance against Portugal in the semi-final.
“The Wales manager said before the game to have no regrets, but I think they will. They were never on the front foot and started playing when they were 2-0 down. It was a bit of a cop-out, but start of the tournament, they would have taken semi-final obviously.” Keane said during the post-match show.
“They have been fantastic and surprised everyone by getting to the semi-final, but they lacked real quality (against Portugal)," he added.
Keane's Irish side though could do with some inspiration from Wales as they head into the World qualifiers and the former Manchester united captain would be among the first ones to put that across to his troops when they reunite for an international game.
Giggs on the other hand, who has left Manchester United after 29 years at the club will be looking to enter into management and script a fairytale like Wales on his own.
First Published On : Jul 7, 2016 17:22 IST