WATCH: Antoine Griezmann's classy gesture to bereaved France fan 5 years ago

WATCH: Antoine Griezmann's classy gesture to bereaved France fan

Antoine Griezmann saved his best for Ireland but still found time for a young French supporter after the final whistle.

It was not known to many at the time but France had a very special guest of honour during their 2-1 win over Ireland.

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The son of slain police officer Jean-Baptiste Salvaing was at Stade Olympique Lyonnais at the bequest of the French Football Federation.

Salvaing and his girlfriend were murdered in the early hours of June 13 in a suspected act of terrorism. The murders left the couple's children, Hugo and Mathieu, orphans.

Knowing that Hugo was a keen football fan, the federation reached out to the Police Nationale [French police force] with an invite and some tickets.

The game was drifting away from France when Griezmann stepped up and scored a brace. It shattered Ireland's Euro 2016 hopes but had the French fans in raptures.

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Following the game, Griezmann met up with Hugo to present him with the match ball and pose for a photograph.

Police Nationale also shared a touching letter, sent on behalf of Salvaing's family, that thanked everyone for rallying around them and the two boys after the murders.

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Fair play to Griezmann, the FFF, police force and all involved. A brief ray of sunshine at a dark, dark time.