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Player Ratings: Sweden 0-0 Republic of Ireland

A scoreless draw in Stockholm sees Giovanni Trapattoni's side come away with a point in the first game of their World Cup qualifying double header

By Ronan Murphy

  • Andreas Isaksson
    1
    2
    2.50

    Andreas Isaksson

    Had a nervy moment early on under pressure from Walters, but regained his confidence with a few good catches.

  • Andreas Granqvist
    1
    1
    2.50

    Andreas Granqvist

    Easily beaten by Shane Long early on, and fortunate that the West Brom striker didn't capitalise. Moved out to right-back after half-time, and kept McClean quiet for the most part.

  • Behrang Safari
    3
    1
    3.00

    Behrang Safari

    A quiet first-half, but gained in confidence as the game went on, and made some good forward runs.

  • Jonas Olsson
    1
    2
    3.50

    Jonas Olsson

    Battled with Long throughout, and often had the better of his man. A good performance.

  • M. Lustig
    1
    2
    2.00

    M. Lustig

    Was beaten on a few occasions by McClean and Wilson down the left, and was forced off at half-time after a clash of heads with McClean.

  • Alexander Kacaniklic
    0
    2
    2.00

    Alexander Kacaniklic

    Coleman often had the better of him down the wing, and was one of Sweden's poorest performers.

  • Kim Källström
    0
    2
    2.50

    Kim Källström

    Restricted to long-balls early on as Ireland won the midfield battle. However, his set-pieces were dangerous.

  • Rasmus Elm
    1
    1
    2.50

    Rasmus Elm

    Beaten on a couple of occasions by James McCarthy and James McClean, but improved after half-time.

  • Sebastian Larsson
    0
    2
    3.00

    Sebastian Larsson

    Wasted a couple of good opportunities, but got himself into good positions with clever runs.

  • Tobias Hysen
    1
    2
    3.00

    Tobias Hysen

    Plenty of running, and showed a lot of effort to get into good positions, but was starved of support at times.

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    0
    4
    2.50

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Not one of his most memorable evenings as he was well marshalled by the Irish midfield and defence.

Substitutions

  • Mikael Antonsson
    0
    2
    3.00

    Mikael Antonsson

    Came on for Lustig at half-time, moving into the centre of defence and put in a good performance.

  • Jimmy Durmaz
    0
    2
    1.50

    Jimmy Durmaz

    Came on with two minutes to go. Not on long enough to make an impact.

  • Ola Toivonen
    1
    3
    1.50

    Ola Toivonen

    Introduced for Hysen, but didn't make a name for himself.

  • David Forde
    13
    0
    4.00

    David Forde

    Made two very good saves in the first half-hour. Looked commanding under high-balls for the most part, and then made another great save at the end.

  • Ciaran Clark
    11
    0
    3.00

    Ciaran Clark

    Comfortable display at the centre of defence, linking up well with O'Shea, and doing well to keep out the Swedish threat.

  • John O'Shea
    11
    0
    3.00

    John O'Shea

    Set the tone early with a hard challenge on Hysen. His distribution was decent from the back, finding Keane with a lovely long ball.

  • Marc Wilson
    10
    0
    3.00

    Marc Wilson

    Didn't get forward as much as Coleman, but had a very solid game, offering options out wide.

  • James McCarthy
    13
    0
    4.00

    James McCarthy

    Late replacement for Glenn Whelan in midfield, and looked determined from the first minute. Won plenty of midfield battles, and was Ireland's best performer.

  • James McClean
    11
    0
    3.00

    James McClean

    Lovely nutmeg early on gave the winger plenty of confidence. Plenty of darting runs out wide, but his final ball was often poor.

  • Paul Green
    12
    0
    2.50

    Paul Green

    His passing was sometimes suspect, but his defensive game was a major factor in halting Swedish attacks.

  • Seamus Coleman
    12
    0
    4.00

    Seamus Coleman

    Attacked well down the wing, delivering in some dangerous balls, and linking up well with Walters. A real threat.

  • Jonathan Walters
    6
    1
    2.00

    Jonathan Walters

    An unspectacular outing from the Stoke forward, who was selected on the wing ahead of Robbie Brady. Held up the ball well, but his crossing was poor.

  • Robbie Keane
    8
    5
    2.50

    Robbie Keane

    Another hard-working display from the Ireland captain. Made some nice runs into the box, but his final ball let him down once or twice.

  • Shane Long
    7
    1
    2.50

    Shane Long

    Worked tirelessly all evening, chasing down every ball and trying to bring other players into play. Should have done better with a first-half effort.

Substitutions

  • Wesley Hoolahan
    8
    0
    2.50

    Wesley Hoolahan

    Tried to bring other players into the game with his passing, but it was not always as accurate as he would have liked.

  • Conor Sammon
    7
    1
    1.50

    Conor Sammon

    Brought on with three minutes to go. Barely saw the ball.

  • Andy Keogh
    5
    0
    2.00

    Andy Keogh

    Brought on for McClean, and tried his hardest. Didn't do much wrong.

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