Three-time champion New Zealand inflicted more World Cup heartbreak on Ireland on Saturday, beating them 28-24 to bring a bitterly disappointing end to Irish captain Johnny Sexton's stellar career.

The All Blacks avenged a historic home series defeat at the hands of Ireland last year, taking their chances when they had them in clinical fashion at Stade de France.

The defeat ended Ireland's run of 17 successive test victories and denied Andy Farrell's team the chance of a first ever semifinal.