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 their World Cup qualifying group.
Ireland dominated the opening period of the game through an
energetic performance from striker Shane Long at Friends Arena. But
Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic slowly led his team back into the
match despite meeting tough resistance from the Irish defense.
The star striker from Paris Saint-Germain produced a couple of
good chances for Sweden in the first half, including a diagonal
pass for striker Tobias Hysen to volley wide in the 22nd
In the second half, the Swedes lacked tempo and couldn’t find
any rhythm in their passing game. An attempt in the second minute
of stoppage time by midfielder Rasmus Elm to emulate his last-ditch
goal against Germany in Sweden’s come-from-behind 4-4 draw
Sweden coach Erik Hamren said Ireland successfully ”killed our
”Of course I am disappointed,” Hamren said. ”I think we
deserved at least one goal to win this game.”
However, Hamren commended his players for preventing the
visitors from failing to create even ”a single chance at a goal in
Hysen was playing his second game with the national team, this
time in place of the injured Johan Elmander. Hysen conceded Sweden
played ”carelessly at times” and missed simple passes.
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.