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Rep Ireland Republic of Ireland vs Sweden Sweden

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R Keane (21)

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Sweden 2

J Elmander (33)
A Svensson (57)

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World Cup Qualifying Group C: Republic of Ireland lose 2-1 at home to Sweden

Last Updated: 06/09/13 11:19pm

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Andreas Svensson: Hit the winner

Andreas Svensson: Hit the winner

Veteran Anders Svensson left the Republic of Ireland's World Cup hopes in tatters as he marked his record-equalling 143rd appearance for Sweden with a precious winner.

The 37-year-old midfielder fired home from Zlatan Ibrahimovic's slide-rule 57th-minute pass to help the Swedes complete a stirring comeback in front of a packed house.

It had started so well for Ireland when Robbie Keane blasted them ahead with 22 minutes gone, the 60th goal of his senior international career.

Johan Elmander levelled after 33 minutes with a bullet header to pave the way for Svensson to finish the job and arguably, Ireland's hopes of making it to Brazil next summer.

Giovanni Trapattoni's men will head for Austria on Tuesday night knowing nothing short of victory will give them any chance of wrestling back a chance of snatching second place in Group C, and even them they might have to do something special away to runaway leaders Germany to achieve it.

Shane Long, challenged by assistant manager Marco Tardelli during the week to improve his finishing, might have provided the perfect riposte within a minute of the kick-off only for full-back Martin Olsson to make a brave block after defender Richard Dunne had headed down Seamus Coleman's free-kick for the striker.

Glenn Whelan thumped a shot from distance into Swedish keeper Andreas Isaksson's midriff after slicing an earlier effort wide, and Jon Walters drove past the post in an encouraging start by the home side.

Ibrahimovic had in the meantime wasted two free-kicks, sending both into the defensive wall, but Marc Wilson had to redeem himself after allowing a 16th-minute cross to drop over his head to the Paris St Germain frontman by getting in a good block to repel the ensuing shot.

Ireland were almost undone from the resulting corner when Sebastian Larsson's set-piece was helped on to Ibrahimovic beyond the far post, but he could not react quickly enough and stabbed his effort into the side-netting.

But Trapattoni's men forced their way in front with 22 minutes gone, and the identity of the scorer came as little surprise.

James McClean had already served warning by dropping a cross on to Isaksson's bar with the goalkeeper beaten, but the visitors failed to take heed.

Full-back Mikael Lusting's careless header allowed skipper Keane to race in on goal and toe-poke the ball past the advancing keeper, only for it to come back off the foot of the post.

Sweden appeared to have got away with it as Mikael Antonsson and Lustig pounced on the rebound, but between them, they could only serve it up for the Ireland skipper once again and he gleefully lashed it into the roof of the net.

However, the lead lasted just 11 minutes despite a glaring miss by Larsson, who headed wide from Ibrahimovic's cross with the goal at his mercy.

Elmander was far more deadly when he opportunity arrived, getting ahead of 33-year-old Dunne, playing his first competitive game for the Republic for more than a year, to power Lustig's cross home.

The two sides returned after break equally aware of the consequences of both victory and defeat, and it was the Swedes who were first to threaten when Elmander met Olsson's left-wing cross at the near post, but flicked just wide under pressure from Dunne.

McClean forced Isaksson into an uncomfortable 51st-minute save after Long and Walters had combined well on the edge of the penalty area, but it was opposite number David Forde who found himself in the thick of the action as Sweden made their move.

The 33-year-old raced from his line to deny Larsson after he had run on to Ibrahimovic's exquisite through-ball, but was powerless when the striker repeated the dose to set Svensson free, and his finish was assured.

Trapattoni's response was muted - he sent on Simon Cox and then debutant Anthony Pilkington, but to little avail as Sweden saw out time comfortably.

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Matches

  • FIFA World Cup European Qualifying

    Fri 6th Sep - Group F
    • Russia
      4 - 1
      Luxembourg
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    • N Ireland
      2 - 4
      Portugal
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    Fri 6th Sep - Group C
    • Kazakhstan
      2 - 1
      Faroe Islands
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    • Rep Ireland
      1 - 2
      Sweden
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    • Germany
      3 - 0
      Austria
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    Fri 6th Sep - Group B
    Fri 6th Sep - Group A
    Fri 6th Sep - Group E
    Fri 6th Sep - Group H
    Fri 6th Sep - Group D
    Fri 6th Sep - Group G
    • Latvia
      2 - 1
      Lithuania
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    • Bos & Herz
      0 - 1
      Slovakia
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    • Liechtenstein
      0 - 1
      Greece
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    Fri 6th Sep - Group I

Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4

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