Sweden were there for the taking, says Ireland striker Andy Keogh

The Millwall striker believes that Ireland could have left the Friends Arena with all three points but conceded that a point away from home was a good result
Republic of Ireland striker Andy Keogh says that Sweden were 'there for the taking' after the Group C rivals played out a 0-0 draw in Stockholm on Friday night.

Having previously scored four against Germany, the Swedes looked particularly toothless in attack and Millwall man Keogh lamented the missed opportunity to leapfrog Erik Hamren's side.

"It was there for the taking but you can't be unhappy with a point in Sweden, they have got some great players but they were definitely there for the taking. It was a great team performance," Keogh said after the game.

"Maybe we could have won it, a few final passes didn't go our way but it's a good point here in Sweden and sets us up nice for Tuesday. If we perform like we did tonight we will have a good chance."

It was a sentiment echoed by defender Ciaran Clark, who said that the Boys in Green were 'a bit unlucky' not to leave the Friends Arena with three points.

"We thought for the whole game that we might get a chance to get a goal," said the 23-year-old. "We had a couple of half chances and we were a bit unlucky on the night not to come away with three points but a point away from home is a brilliant result for us."

Much of the pre-match talk centred on the threat of Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Clark was delighted to have kept him out of the headlines.

He said: "He's a tough player to play against, he's a big strong lad, his technical ability is unbelievable. It's always good to keep a clean sheet away from home. It will give everyone confidence.

"It's a big game, we're happy with the point tonight," concluded the Aston Villa defender.