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WC Qualification Europe

  • 22 March 2013
  • • 19:45
  • • Friends Arena, Solna
  • Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco
  • • Attendance: 49436

Live Commentary

  • That's all from Stockholm. Ireland host Austria on Tuesday at the Aviva Stadium, with both teams full of confidence.
  • That could be a valuable point for Giovanni Trapattoni's men, after a very good performance from the Boys in Green.
  • The referee blows for full-time. Scoreless draw in Stockholm.
  • 90' + 2'
    Great save from Forde right at the end , and then he claims the corner kick to see the match end scoreless.
  • 90' + 1'
    Coleman holds off Ibrahimovich to see the ball go out of play. The PSG striker has been quiet this evening.
  • 90'
    Two minutes of stoppage time at the Friends Arena.
  • 90'
    There might be no goals in Stockholm, but England have now put eight past San Marino.
  • 89'
    Conor Sammon is Ireland's last substitute. He'll play on his own up front.
  • 87'
    SubstitutionSebastian Larsson Jimmy Durmaz
  • 87'
    SubstitutionShane Long Conor Sammon
  • 86'
    Run from Andy Keogh brings Hoolahan and then McCarthy into play. McCarthy tries to play it back in for the Millwall winger, but Keogh isn't aware of it.
  • 84'
    Danger in the Irish box, but it's headed clear by Green, then cleared by Clark, before Walters does well to get the ball away.
  • 83'
    SubstitutionJames McClean Andy Keogh
  • 83'
    McClean's best performance in a green jersey to date, getting forward very well, particularly in the first half.
  • 82'
    Ireland try to break quickly, but Long goes down after a challenge in midfield. Hoolahan was in a great position in front of him.
  • 80'
    Long-range effort from Wilson, but it's well off target.
  • 77'
    Yellow Card Seamus Coleman
  • 77'
    Surprising change from Trapattoni after Keane put in a good shift between midfield and attack.
  • 76'
    SubstitutionRobbie Keane Wesley Hoolahan
  • 75'
    Yellow Card James McCarthy
  • 75'
    McCarthy stops Granqvist from taking a quick free-kick and picks up a yellow card for his trouble.
  • 74'
    Both sides still looking for something, and there still could be a goal here.
  • 73'
    SubstitutionTobias Hysen Ola Toivonen
  • 72'
    Free-kick in from McClean is a dangerous one, but it only finds a Swedish head.
  • 70'
    McClean is still looking to make something happen on the left, but his ball to Long is a half-shot/half-pass and comes to nothing.
  • 69'
    Lovely ball in over the top finds Keane onside. Keane chips the ball across with Walters and Long waiting, but the pass is overhit. Another chance wasted.
  • 68'
    Austria are 6-0 up against the Faroe Islands.
  • 65'
    Forde comes out well to catch Kallstrom's corner. He's looked good under every cross bar one.
  • 64'
    Shane Long has the beating of Olsson on the right, but his pass is just behind Keane. Sweden break well, and Wilson does well to header clear under pressure from Hysen.
  • 62'
    Safari makes a roving run into the Irish half, but a pull-back for Larsson results in a goal kick. The Sunderland midfielder should have done better with the shot.
  • 59'
    Seamus Coleman caught in possession by Ibrahimovic, both players go down, but the referee waves play on as the Swedish captain demands a free-kick.
  • 58'
    Dangerous ball in from Long is cleared by Antonsson, who wasn't sure of where the danger lay.
  • 56'
    Shane Long is full of energy, chasing down what looks to be a lost cause and wins a throw for Ireland. McClean's cross in is headed clear.
  • 55'
    Clark does well to clear under pressure. There's yet to be a test for either goalkeeper in this half.
  • 53'
    Ibrahimovic plays a ball in over the top for Larsson, but it's knocked on by Wilson for Forde to collect.
  • 52'
    It's been an even second-half so far. Ibrahimovic is dropping back a bit more to get involved in the build-up.
  • 50'
    England now have five goals with Ashley Young and Frank Lampard on the scoresheet.
  • 48'
    Another well-timed interception from McCarthy sets up an Irish break. Long does well to hold it up for McClean, who is unlucky not to win a corner.
  • 47'
    Robbie Keane nicks the ball off Jon Walters' toes in the box, and is flagged for offside.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionM. Lustig Mikael Antonsson
  • 46'
    A goal from Grant Hanley gives Scotland a half-time lead against Wales.
  • 46'
    Ireland get the second half under way.
  • One substitution at half-time. Lustig is being taken off after that clash of heads with James McClean earlier.
  • A few surprising results from earlier this evening too: Israel 3-3 Portugal, Slovenia 2-1 Iceland, Norway 0-1 Albania, and Liechtenstein 1-1 Latvia.
  • Scotland and Wales are scoreless after 40 minutes.
  • England are also 3-0 up, with goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jermaine Defoe extending their lead.
  • It's also 3-0 in Vienna, where Austria lead the Faroe Islands.
  • The sides go in scoreless at the break, but it's been an entertaining half, with both teams creating chances.
  • 45' + 1'
    McClean does well to win a corner, but his set-piece goes straight out of play for the last action of the first-half.
  • 45' + 1'
    Short corner is whipped in by Larsson, but it floats out for a goal-kick.
  • 45'
    Sweden look most dangerous from set-pieces, and Kallstrom's free in has to be headed behind by Wilson.
  • 44'
    Sweden holding onto the ball for a long spell, but with Ireland closing down quickly, they're finding it difficult to create anything.
  • 41'
    Clash of heads between McClean and Lustig sees both players go down. Lustig comes out worse, but both players can play on.
  • 40'
    Yellow Card Paul Green
  • 39'
    Sweden clear a corner, and with Kacaniklac looking to break quickly, Paul Green commits the foul and picks up a booking.
  • 38'
    Sweden starting to get into the match more now, playing high balls in for Ibrahimovic and Hysen.
  • 37'
    Forde fails to punch the corner, but luckily for Ireland, Ibrahimovic's header is off target.
  • 36'
    Ibrahimovic's pace sees him round O'Shea, and he wins a corner from Coleman's deflection.
  • 35'
    Ibrahimovic is tackled by Wilson, whose direct ball finds Long, and results in a foul from Granqvist.
  • 34'
    Safari gets over to block Coleman after the Everton man breaks down the wing. The full-back has looked good so far.
  • 33'
    An own goal has given England the lead against San Marino.
  • 31'
    Hysen breaks quickly into the box, but Coleman and Clark team up to halt the attack.
  • 30'
    Ireland playing the ball well along the ground, and using the wings effectively with Coleman and Wilson both offering options in advanced positions.
  • 28'
    A mix-up between Clark and Green almost spells danger for Ireland, but Sweden aren't expecting the ball and a goal kick is the result.
  • 28'
    Lustig escapes the referee's book after impeding McClean. The referee is being quite lenient so far.
  • 25'
    Kallstrom's free-kick is headed in by Granqvist. Forde does excellently to tip it out for a corner, which he also claims.
  • 24'
    Wilson almost loses it and puts in a clumsy challenge on Elm. The full-back was lucky not to be booked.
  • 23'
    Andreas Ivanschitz has scored Austria's third against the Faroes.
  • 23'
    Andreas Ivanschitz has scored Austria's third against the Faroes.
  • 22'
    First shot on target. Ibrahimovic heads it on for Hysen, who turns on the volley. However, Forde stretches to claim.
  • 21'
    Similar challenge from Robbie Keane on Rasmus Elm sees Sweden win a free-kick and the Irish captain get a talking to.
  • 20'
    Shane Long is down clutching his head after being manhandled by Granqvist, but the referee waves play on. Long gets to his feet uninjured.
  • 19'
    Robbie Keane makes a perfectly timed run to latch onto John O'Shea's long pass, but the ball gets caught under his feet when closing in on goal.
  • 18'
    Walters plays a through-ball to Shane Long, who wins Ireland's fourth corner.
  • 18'
    Kallstrom shows what he can do with a cross from the left, but Larsson's pull back is easily cleared.
  • 16'
    McClean does well to win the ball from Kallstrom. McCarthy tries to play it back to McClean, but his pass is overhit.
  • 15'
    McClean's corner is well caught by Isaksson.
  • 15'
    Yet more passing football from Ireland sees Coleman get into a good position down the right, winning a corner.
  • 13'
    Sweden trying to play the ball in quickly, but Clark does well to intercept.
  • 12'
    Larsson's set-pierce from the other side is a bit heavy for Ibrahimovic, who can't keep it in play.
  • 12'
    Kallstrom sends it in deep, and O'Shea heads it clear for another corner.
  • 11'
    Sweden get forward quickly and win their first corner of the match.
  • 10'
    Wonderful slide-rule pass from McCarthy finds Shane Long, who beats Granqvist, but then gets too much on his shot, and it goes over. Best chance of the game so far.
  • 9'
    Neat play in the corner from Shane Long wins a throw-in. Ireland on top so far.
  • 8'
    Hosiner has added a second for Austria against the Faroe Islands in Vienna.
  • 8'
    Meanwhile, Germany have won 3-0 in Kazakhstan.
  • 7'
    This corner is far more accurate, but Robbie Keane takes an air shot, and Sweden try to break.
  • 6'
    McClean sends it in, but it's cleared back out to him. A high ball back in causes trouble for Isaksson, and Ireland win another corner.
  • 6'
    First corner of the game to Ireland.
  • 4'
    Robbie Keane puts a dangerous ball in which Walters can't direct on target. Good attacking play from Ireland so far.
  • 3'
    James McCarthy does well in midfield to win the ball from Rasmus Elm. A fine bit of passing from Ireland causes danger in the box when James McClean beats his man out wide. Sweden clear for a throw-in.
  • 2'
    The resulting free-kick is an easy one for David Forde to deal with.
  • 2'
    Tough challenge from John O'Shea takes down Tobias Hysen. No booking.
  • 1'
    Very early shot from long-range goes well wide from Kim Kallstrom.
  • 1'
    Sweden kick off to get us under way in Stockholm.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robbie Keane shake hands in the centre circle as Ireland win the coin toss.
  • Now that the anthems are finished, both teams are gearing up for kick-off.
  • Philipp Hosiner has given Austria an eighth minute lead over the Faroe Islands.
  • While Amhran na bhFiann rings out in Stockholm, Austria take the lead in Vienna.
  • Robbie Keane leads Ireland out on his 123rd cap. We're ready for the anthems in the Friends Arena.
  • Glenn Whelan's injury means he misses out on a place on the bench, while Robbie Brady watches on after being overlooked. These are the players that Trapattoni can call on over 90 minutes: Westwood, O’Dea, St. Ledger, Hoolahan, Kelly, Keogh, Brady, Cox, Sammon, Hendrick, Randolph.
  • Sweden are captained by PSG superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and their lineup looks like this: Isaksson, Lustig, Granqvist, Olsson, Safari, Kallstrom, Elm, Larsson, Ibrahimovic, Kacaniklic, Hysen.
  • Two changes to Trapattoni's initial selection. Here's the XI that takes to the field in just over five minutes: Forde, Coleman, O'Shea, Clark, Wilson, Walters, Green, McCarthy, McClean, Keane, Long.
  • As you may know, Northern Ireland's qualifier against Russia in Belfast has been postponed due to snow, while England are due to take to the field against San Marino at 20.00.
  • Thomas Muller has bagged Germany's third after first half goals from Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Gotze.
  • There's two other Group C games tonight too. Austria have just kicked off against the Faroe Islands, while Germany lead Kazakhstan 3-0.
  • Glenn Whelan also misses out on a place in the team, after failing to shake off an ankle injury. James McCarthy comes in to replace him in the centre of the field alongside Paul Green.
  • Perhaps more significant is Trapattoni's choice to bring in Jonathan Walters on the wing instead of Robbie Brady.
  • There's a few major talking points ahead of the match. The roof is closed for the tie, despite Giovanni Trapattoni's wishes earlier in the week.
  • Welcome to's coverage of Sweden versus the Republic of Ireland at the Friends Arena in Stockholm.