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1 vs 2
Played
September 6, 2013 7:45 PM BST
Aviva Stadium — Dublin
Referee:‬ D. Skomina‎
Attendance:‬ 49500‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Republic of Ireland 1-2 Sweden

The Boys in Green's hopes of reaching the 2014 World Cup were dealt a huge blow as they were deservedly beaten at the Aviva Stadium

By Ryan Bailey at the Aviva Stadium

  • David Forde
    2
    1
    2.50

    David Forde

    Apart from picking the ball out of the net, the Millwall shot stopper had very little to do. Should have got down quicker to the second.

  • John O'Shea
    2
    0
    2.50

    John O'Shea

    Probably the pick of the Irish defenders as he covered his colleagues manfully but was on his heels for both goals.

  • Marc Wilson
    2
    0
    2.50

    Marc Wilson

    Got forward regularly and linked well with McClean as well as crossing dangerously once or twice.

  • Richard Dunne
    0
    2
    1.50

    Richard Dunne

    Not the best of games on his international comeback. Allowed Elmander to get across him for the equaliser and was a bit off the pace on occasions.

  • Glenn Whelan
    1
    2
    1.50

    Glenn Whelan

    Did well in the early exchanges as Ireland dominated but went into his shell soon after and was at fault for the winning goal, allowing Svensson to ghost in behind.

  • James McCarthy
    3
    0
    2.00

    James McCarthy

    All eyes were on McCarthy after his deadline day switch to Everton but struggled to gain a foothold in midfield and was ineffectual.

  • James McClean
    3
    0
    2.50

    James McClean

    Rewarded the manager’s faith with a creditable and hard-working display but once again lacked the cutting edge and end product.

  • Seamus Coleman
    3
    0
    2.50

    Seamus Coleman

    Wasn’t at his usual best at either end and seemed off the pace slightly.

  • Jonathan Walters
    1
    1
    2.00

    Jonathan Walters

    Worked hard as usual but hardly saw any of the ball on the right and did little with it when it came his way. Was a menace aerially but a quiet evening on the whole.

  • Robbie Keane
    6
    0
    3.00

    Robbie Keane

    Took his tally to 60 international goals and put himself around, trying to lead from the front but got very little support.

  • Shane Long
    1
    0
    2.00

    Shane Long

    Had an early effort, was again quiet and a knock to the knee in the first-half seemed to effect him. Vital flick-on for Keane's opener.

Substitutions

  • Anthony Pilkington
    1
    0
    2.00

    Anthony Pilkington

    Received a warm reception on his debut, but despite working hard down the left, could not mark his first appearance with a game-winning performance.

  • Simon Cox
    3
    0
    1.50

    Simon Cox

    Asked to perform out wide once again, and was left wanting. Wasn't involved in much of the action.

  • Andreas Isaksson
    3
    0
    3.50

    Andreas Isaksson

    The former Manchester City ‘keeper commanded his penalty area throughout but was hardly called into action on a relatively comfortable evening.

  • Mikael Antonsson
    1
    2
    3.00

    Mikael Antonsson

    Was a surprise inclusion in defence at the expense of Jonas Olsson and didn't do much to merit his starting place with a largely shaky and unconvincing performance.

  • M. Lustig
    3
    0
    3.50

    M. Lustig

    Recovered from a shaky start and a poor defensive header to set-up Elmander’s equaliser.

  • Martin Olsson
    1
    1
    2.50

    Martin Olsson

    Better known for his attacking prowess rather than his defensive qualities but the Norwich City man made some vital blocks, none more important then diverting Long's goal bound effort inside the opening minute.

  • Per Nilsson
    3
    1
    3.00

    Per Nilsson

    A solid performance by the big centre-back but again had little to do except the opening twenty minutes.

  • Albin Ekdal
    17
    0
    4.00

    Albin Ekdal

    The midfielder showed why he’s so highly-rated with an eye-catching display in Dublin. His movement, passing and defensive work make him an all-round talent and certainly one to watch.

  • Alexander Kacaniklic
    3
    2
    2.50

    Alexander Kacaniklic

    The Fulham winger had little effect on the game but provided good cover for Lustig.

  • Anders Svensson
    17
    0
    3.00

    Anders Svensson

    Popped up to notch a vital winner on the occasion of his record-equalling 143rd cap.

  • Sebastian Larsson
    4
    2
    2.50

    Sebastian Larsson

    Admitted in yesterday’s press-conference that his performances for the national team have been below par and that was the case again in Dublin. The Sunderland set-piece specialist worked hard down the flank but created nothing of note and missed a guilt-edge chance in the first-half.

  • Johan Elmander
    15
    0
    3.50

    Johan Elmander

    So often overshadowed by his illustrious strike partner, the former Bolton Wanderers hitman was a menace throughout and took his goal brilliantly.

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    38
    1
    4.00

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    The PSG frontman was kept quiet in the first period by Dunne but as the game wore on, he had more of an impact and assisted the winning goal without getting out of second gear.

Substitutions

  • Adam Johansson
    4
    0
    3.00

    Adam Johansson

    Replaced Lustig, and offered some stability at the back. The former Seattle Sounder came face-to-face with former MLS opponent Robbie Keane once again, and did well in the match-up.

  • Jonas Olsson
    0
    0

    Jonas Olsson

    Came on to run down the clock in stoppage time.

  • Pontus Wernbloom
    1
    0
    2.50

    Pontus Wernbloom

    The CSKA Moscow midfielder broke up play well after his introduction, and gave Whelan and McCarthy little time on the ball.

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Robin van Persie Robin van Persie
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Edin Dzeko Edin Dzeko
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Mesut Özil Mesut Özil
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
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8 1
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
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8 0