Our popular goalkeeper surpassed current France manager Didier Deschamps’ previous record for the amount of matches played as Les Bleus captain.
But it wasn’t a game without incident for the 29-year-old, who found himself facing a penalty inside the opening two minutes after Shane Long was fouled in the box by Paul Pogba.
Robbie Brady sent Hugo the wrong way, his spot kick going in off the post, but France came back after the interval and won it thanks to a brace from Antoine Griezmann while Ireland finished with 10 men following the dismissal of Shane Duffy.
France, who were indebted to Hugo for a couple of important interventions over the 90 minutes, will face the winners of Monday night’s last 16 tie between England and Iceland in the quarter-finals.
The Three Lions completed their preparations for that game with another training session in Chantilly on Sunday morning before flying to Nice ahead of their first knockout fixture of the tournament.
Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Danny Rose, Kyle Walker and Eric Dier will all be hoping to feature against an Iceland side which is likely to include ex-Spur Gylfi Sigurdsson. Two more of our former players, Eidur Gudjohnsen and Emil Hallfredsson, are also in the Iceland squad.
Kick-off will be at 8pm UK time.
Above: Dele Alli wheels away with a smile on his face during England training today (Sunday, June 26).