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World Cup Qualifying - UEFA
Republic of Ireland
WC Qualification Europe
September 6, 2013
• Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Referee: D. Skomina
• Attendance: 49500
Republic of Ireland
R. Keane 22'
J. Elmander 33'
A. Svensson 57'
Once again, thanks for reading, and we hope that Tuesday's game in Vienna has a much better outcome, putting the Boys in Green back in contention. 'Til then, I bid you adieu.
Portugal came from behind to defeat Northern Ireland thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick.
Poor result for the Boys in Green, who now definitely must win in Vienna on Tuesday. Germany ran out 3-0 winners against Austria, and are definitely in the driving seat in Group C.
Boos ring out again at the Aviva Stadium as Ireland are defeated.
90' + 3'
High ball launched into the area, but Isaksson is well able to collect.
90' + 2'
90' + 1'
Sweden break as Ireland push bodies forward, but seem content to wind the clock down at the corner flag.
Referee penalises Ireland again, as the Boys in Green look to get up the pitch. Meanwhile, Thomas Muller has scored Germany's third.
Pilkington turns back to cross in, the ball is headed on by Long, but Robbie Keane takes out Isaksson when trying to get to the ball ahead of the keeper.
Coleman shows some fancy footwork in the opposition area, but his chipped ball in is headed clear.
Dunne does well to shepherd Ibrahimovic and the ball out of play.
Another great catch from Forde. The goalkeeper can't be faulted for his performance this evening, despite the two goals.
Long still the target man, controls Wilson's long ball well, but can't find a green shirt.
Fans urging Ireland on, but there hasn't been anything to threaten the Sweden goal since Long's break.
Yellow Card Glenn Whelan
Ball back to Forde for a long ball. It falls to Whelan, but he wastes possession before picking up a booking. Poor.
Temporary break for a pitch invader. Not really the ideal time with Ireland chasing the game.
Dunne elbows Elmander in the back of the head, could have easily been booked for the second time tonight. Lucky.
John O'Shea heads over from Pilkington's corner. Ireland have had six corners to Sweden's two.
Shane Long breaks quickly, with Keane inside. He turned back instead of passing first time, and the chance was wasted.
Anthony Pilkington getting some final instructions before he comes on for his Ireland debut.
Ireland trying to force it at the moment, leading to some sloppy passing.
Walters withdrawn for Cox. The Stoke attacker hasn't done too much so far, but the fans would have hoped to see Brady or Pilkington come on.
Simon Cox warming up as Trapattoni makes a first change.
Ibrahimovic with some neat touches before Svensson shoots. Easy for Forde.
Clever ball over the top from Elmander for Kacaniklic, but Forde gets there first.
Elsewhere, Germany lead 2-0 against Austria with Toni Kroos on target, while Northern Ireland have gone ahead against Portugal at Windsor Park.
Boos ringing out at the Aviva Stadium. Half an hour to save a qualifying campaign?
Sweden's incisive passing cut the Irish defence wide open, and Forde had no chance.
Assist Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Goal Anders Svensson
Goal from nowhere for the visitors. Svenson took it excellently after a ball through from Ibrahimovic.
Yellow Card Albin Ekdal
McClean puts in an excellent tackle on Olsson, winning a throw-in in the process. He's worked his socks off so far.
Forde off his line quickly to deny Larsson. The keeper needed to be very alert there.
Coleman overlaps well from McClean, but Keane can't get his head on the cross.
James McClean follows Ibrahimovic's lead and fires into the wall.
Walters does well to win a free from Lustig, in a dangerous position.
Ireland passing the ball around well, James McClean takes a couple of chances, but eventually fires over.
Long squeezes the ball out to McClean, who cuts in onto his stronger foot, but shoots straight at Isaksson. Chance came from another long ball with Long the target.
Poor pass from McCarthy, but he busts a gut to win it back. Is that the sign of a £13m midfielder?
Long ball still causing danger in the Swedish defence. Route one remains an option for Trap's side.
Coleman loses it when trying to play his way out of danger, luckily Ibrahimovic can't do anything with the cross.
The second-half is underway, can either team grab a winner?
The teams are back out for the second-half.
In Windsor Park, Northern Ireland could be set for another great result. They're level with 10-man Portugal at half-time.
Kazakhstan beat the Faroe Islands 2-1 earlier this evening in Group C, while Miroslav Klose has put Germany ahead against Austria.
Few positive signs from Ireland's first-half performance, but Sweden definitely were brought to life after Keane put the Boys in Green ahead. Some slick passing moves causing trouble for Ireland's midfield, although the defensive line is holding up well for the most part.
And that's the whistle for half-time.
One minute to be added on at the end of the half.
Ball drops for Walters, but the Stoke forward tries to hit it first time, and it goes over the bar.
Elmander tries to pick out Olsson, with Larsson screaming for it on the right as Wilson is caught out of position. Forde intercepts and the danger is cleared.
Long still looks sharp after returning to the field, and heads it on for McClean. However, the winger doesn't react quick enough.
O'Shea does well to block Elmander as the goalscorer looks to pull the trigger on the edge of the area.
Yellow Card Richard Dunne
Dunne leaves his leg out to catch the Swedish captain. No love lost there.
Bit harsh on James McClean, as he's penalised for a 50-50 following a short corner.
Robbie Keane links up well with Marc Wilson, but the full-back's final ball is deflected out for a corner.
Ireland chasing shadows since the goal, as Sweden pass it around excellently.
Sweden much improved, and cause more danger down the right, only for Dunne to cut it out with a good block.
Assist M. Lustig
Goal Johan Elmander
Good passing play allows Sweden to get players into the box, Lustig fires it in from the right, and Elmander heads past Forde. Great goal.
McCarthy climbs over Larsson to give away a free-kick.
Looks like Conor Sammon is coming on in place of the injured Shane Long.
Sweden break quickly from a corner. Ibrahimovic whips in a lovely cross for Larsson, but he heads over. Let off for Ireland.
Shane Long hobbles off the pitch after hurting his leg while trying to shoot. Ireland play on with 10-men.
Shane Long shows great pace to break down the left, but delays his pass with Keane arriving in the box, and the danger is cleared.
Ibrahimovic heads down for Elmander, who takes it down well, but Forde is equal to his shot.
Goal Robbie Keane
Keane breaks into the box, and despite being taken out, gets up and gets to the ball first to open the scoring.
Defensive mistake let the Irish captain in to score, and he probably would have won a penalty had he not gotten back up to finish.
McClean whips in a cross, which is caught by the wind, and goes over Isaksson's head only to find the top of the crossbar. Close.
Trapattoni is out in the technical area giving orders. Plenty of energy left at 74-years-of-age.
Sweden giving the Irish back four little time on the ball, forcing it all the way back to Forde. They're pressing high up the pitch, which could allow McClean or Long to break quickly if allowed.
The resulting corner causes a moment of panic in the area, but Ibrahimovic can only find the side netting.
Wilson misses a header, which falls to Ibrahimovic, but instantly redeems himself with a good block.
Poor challenge from Shane Long. He better be careful, as another one of those could easily see him end up in the book.
McClean picks out Walters with a good pass inside, but the Stoke forward can't get his shot on target.
Ireland holding onto the ball well in the Swedish half, but can't really create an opportunity. David Forde has been quiet so far.
Very stop-start game so far as the referee isn't letting much go.
Straight into the wall, and it's cleared upfield. Another poor set-piece from the PSG man.
Walters gives away a free, and Ibrahimovic has another chance. Can he do better this time?
Whelan goes closer this time, but it's easy for Isaksson to hold. Ireland look up for it tonight.
Good bit of possession from Ireland, Keane heads down McClean's in-swinging cross, but Whelan's shot skims wide.
Quick break from Ireland forces Olsson into a rushed clearance. Nervy moment for the Swedes.
He fires it straight into the wall before James McClean clears to safety.
First glimpse of Sweden's main man, as Ibrahimovic lines up a free-kick outside the area.
The corner is well cleared, but encouraging stuff early on from Trap's men.
Free-kick drops for Shane Long, who wins the first corner of the evening.
And we're off!
Sweden: Isaksson, Lustig, Nilsson, Martin Olsson, Antonsson, Ekdal, Larsson, Svensson, Kacaniklic, Ibrahimovic, Elmander.
Ireland team: Forde, Coleman, Dunne, O'Shea, Wilson, Walters, McCarthy, Whelan, McClean, Keane, Long.
After the anthems, the Fields of Athenry belts out around the ground.
With Ireland and Sweden both on 11 points, this result could go a long way in determining the outcome of Group C.
Welcome to Goal's live commentary of the Republic of Ireland versus Sweden from the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. I'm Ronan Murphy, and I'll be updating you throughout tonight's crucial World Cup qualifier.
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