There's no denying that Ireland were completely outclassed by Belgium in yesterday's whomping – or that the 3-0 scoreline was perfectly reflective of the gap in quality between the two teams.
But equally, there's no denying that we were victim to some baffling refereeing decisions. And one, in particular, could have sent the game off in an entirely different direction.
In this clip from Second Captains, Ken Early indulges in the dangerous but tempting task of exploring what might have been.
It's scant consolation, and doesn't make our battle against the Italians any less daunting – but it is a welcome reminder that, sometimes, these games can be defined by fortune rather than quality.
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