Ireland holds Sweden to 0-0 draw in WCup qualifier

Sweden was held to a 0-0 draw by Ireland on Friday to barely

hold on to second place in its World Cup qualifying group.

Ireland dominated the opening period of the game through an

energetic performance from striker Shane Long. But Sweden captain

Zlatan Ibrahimovic slowly led his team back into the match despite

meeting tough resistance from the Irish defense.

Sweden coach Erik Hamren says Ireland successfully ”killed our

intentions,” but commended his players for preventing the visitors

from failing to create even ”a single chance at a goal in 90


Sweden has eight points in Group C from four matches. Germany

leads with 13 points from five games. Ireland and Austria are next

with seven points from four matches.