WC Qualifier

Live coverage of Sweden v Rep of Ireland

Emmet Riordan Fri, Mar 22
Republic of Ireland
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  • Good evening and welcome to our live coverage of the Group C World Cup qualifier between Sweden and the Republic of Ireland in Stockholm.

    My name is Emmet Riordan and I will be bringing you all the latest from the Friends Arena.

    The team news is in and Giovanni Trapattoni has made two changes from the XI he picked on the eve of the game.

    Glenn Whelan has failed a fitness test on his ankle injury and his place will go to Wigan midfielder James McCarthy.

    Jon Walters has been named on the right wing ahead of Robbie Brady in a change which is linked to the injury to Whelan, with Trapattoni looking for a more defensive player. Even still, the manager’s comments about the young Hull City midfielder not being mentally ready for the match still seem misplaced.

    Sweden: 1 Andreas Isaksson (Kasimpasa); 2 Mikael Lustig (Celtic), 3 Jonas Olsson (West Brom), 4 Andreas Granqvist (Genoa), 5 Behrang Safari (Anderlecht); 6 Rasmus Elm (CSKA Moscow), 7 Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland), 9 Kim Kallstrom (Spartak Moscow), 10 Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG), 11 Tobias Hysen (Gothenburg), 19 Alexander Kacaniklic (Burnley).

    Republic of Ireland: David Forde (Millwall); Seamus Coleman (Everton), John O'Shea (Sunderland), Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa), Marc Wilson (Stoke City); Jon Walters (Stoke), James McCarthy (Wigan), Paul Green (Leeds United), James McClean (Sunderland); Shane Long (West Brom), Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy).

    Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain)
  • Sweden have also named their starting XI and is the same as our soccer correspondent Emmet Malone predicted in this morning's paper, for which he will receive some picked herring in a jar.

    They include three players who make their living in English football and Celtic full back Mikael Lustig.

    And of course Zlatan Ibrahimovic of PSG up front.
  • You can send us your comments by using the thingymebob at the top of the picture above or tweet me on @emmetrd and I'll retweet it to the world (well those that are tuned in anyway)
  • Ireland go in to the match with "issues" says Eamon Dunphy on RTE.

  • Liam Brady believes Sweden are beatable but only if we can stop Ibrahimovic.
  • John Giles again questions Trap's man management, saying it's very unfair on Robbie Brady.
  • So let us now where you are tuned in from tonight.

  • Brady and Dunphy having a right set-to on RTE, with Dunphy telling Brady to do his job as an analyst and to stop his PR spinning for Trapattoni. Lively stuff.
  • So there's just over 10 minutes until kick-off in Stockholm, it's time for your predictions. Tweet them to me on @emmetrd or send me a comment. 

  • brendan 5-0 sweden
  • Jimbo sweden 0-1 ireland
  • Six goal swing in our first two predictions.
  • Robbie Savage looks to be singing the Swedish anthem. 

  • Stephen in Austin, TX Hope I'm wrong but I can see us losing 3-0 tonight. When you pick a team like that what else can we expect! Also, how must young Brady feel being dropped for apparently not being "up for it"? Trap is a joke and needs to go
  • Well the match is going to be late kicking off in Stockholm.
  • Ibra has his hair in a bun for night, in case you were interested.
  • And Sweden get the game underway.
  • 1 min: Walters wins his first ball from a Forde kick-out, but Green gives the ball away.
  • Barry 1-1
  • And Forde sends his second and third kicks down the right channel, which already looks like the tactic for the night. 
  • 4 mins: Great run from James McClean, breaking into the box and Walters gets a head to a Robbie Keane cross.
  • 6 mins: Free-kick to Ireland and it's a promising start from Ireland, who win the first corner of the game.  
  • And a second corner.
  • 7 mins: Robbie Keane has a fresh air from a fine McClean outswinger. Has to go down as a chance.
  • Marc Wilson making some good ground up the left and linking up well with McClean.
  • 10 mins: The Irish support in good voice, but Shane Long sends a ball over after good work from McCarthy in midfield.
  • Friends Stadium my eye as our picture from Stockholm shows.
  • 15 mins: Sweden getting on to the ball more as the game settles down. How much will Ireland rue those two chances for Keane and Long.
  • 16 mins: McClean's corner after good work from Coleman down the right goes straight to the Swedish goalkeeper.
  • 17 mins: McClean switches to the right and links up well with McCarthy, only for the Wigan midfielder to overcook a return pass. 
  • 18 mins: First bit of danger from the Swedes but it ends with a free out to Ireland.
  • 19 mins: Keane just can't get the ball out from under his feet after making a great run to receive John O'Shea's pass.
  • Sweden are doubling up on McClean, who seems to have been given a free role.
  • 22 mins: Hysen gets a shot away from Ibrahimovic's knock down. Good save from Forde.

  • 24 mins: Walters fails to get on the end of a Coleman long ball.
  • 25 mins: Wilson gives away a free-kick and is lucky not to get a card after going in with his studs up.
  • 25 mins: Great save from Forde there after Sweden whip in a free-kick.
  • sean costello Robbie Keane totally past it. Plays crap and always first name on the team sheet. Why?
  • Walters getting through a lot of work down the right, he's as game as they come the big Stoke man.
  • 29 mins: Ireland get away with a defensive mix-up as the referee awards a goal kick, when it looked like it should have been a corner.
  • 32 mins: Ireland maybe playing a bit too much ball at the back but Coleman and Walters clear the danger.
  • 34 mins: Ireland really closing the Swedes down and McClean forces an error. Good stuff from the young Derry man.
  • 37 mins: Ibra's shot takes a deflection off Coleman and it's a corner to Sweden. And the PSG gets his head to the kick but it slips wide.
  • 39 mins: Backpass from Coleman is awkward for Forde but the danger is cleared.
  • 40 mins: Robbie Keane wins a corner, but Sweden clear and Paul Green is booked for a foul on Alexander Kacaniklic, the Burnley player. An all-Championship affair. 
  • 41 mins: Clash of heads between Rustig and McClean, who won the header.
  • 45 mins: Ireland get the goal kick after Wilson had to head behind, 1 additional minute to play.
  • But time for another corner for ireland.
  • It's a poor effort from McClean and it goes behind for a goal kick. And that's half-time
  • That's a good 45 minutes from Trap's side, who look up for this. They're closing the ball down all the time and Walters has been strong on the right side.  
  • The panel is very positive on RTE, but John Giles thinks Ireland must remain positive and take it to Sweden in the second half.  
  • The full-time result in the other Group C game saw Germany beat 
    Kazakhstan 3-0, while Austria are 2-0 up against the Faroes.
  • Actually Austria are now 3-0 up, while England are 5-0 up against San Marino. 
  • It's scoreless between Scotland and Wales.
  • Lustig is off and Antonsson is on for the Celtic full back.
  • He goes in at centre back with Andreas Granqvist  moving to right back.
  • We're off and running again.
  • 47 mins: Robbie Keane strays offside trying to get on to Walters's through ball.
  • Larsson holds off McClean in a battle of the Sunderland wingers.
  • 50 mins: Free kick as Antonsson shoves Shane Long in the back on the halfway line.
  • Walters wins a good knock down but Keane loses the ball after good work from Long.
  • The Ireland skipper doesn't look like he is on his game tonight, but it would be a big call for Trap to take him off this early.
  • 53 mins: Ibrahimovic dropping back to try and get on the ball but the move breaks down.
  • 55 mins: Larsson coming into the game more for Sweden and looking dangerous.
  • 57 mins: Shane Long is throwing himself around up front, a bundle of energy.
  • And Long plays a great ball accross the box, but Keane was too far back to get a touch.
  • 59 mins: Coleman loses the ball to Ibrahimovic, but ref fails to give the foul.
  • And the Swedish captain gets his head to the throw but McClean clears.
  • An hour gone and still scoreless in Stockholm.
  • Will Trapattoni throw on the likes of Hoolahan and go for the win or settle for a point.
  • He'll certainly have to make some changes as the Ireland players have put in some serious effort on the pitch.

  • 64 mins: Wilson puts the ball behind for a corner as Sweden start to up their intensity.
  • Ireland have dropped off in midfield and let the Swedes set up camps in their half.

  • Conor Sammon and Wes Hoolahan look set to be introduced for Ireland.

  • 71 mins: McClean is fouled and it's a good position. 
  • Ibrahimovic back to clear with a header.
  • Ola Toivonen on for Hysen up front for Sweden.
  • 75 mins: Robbie Keane gives away a free-kick and James Mccarthy gets booked for getting involved.

  • Trap rubs his hands on the sidelines. but he's yet to play his hand with the bench.
  • 76 mins: And it's Wes Hoolahan for Robbie Keane.
  • Big call from Trap there as the Norwich man comes on for the last 14 minutes.
  • Seamus Coleman was yellow-carded for slowing the game down while taking advice from Marco Tardelli.
  • 80 mins: Marc Wilson comes inside and has a pop from long range.
  • Bobby in Washington DC Good call Keane coming off not his night
  • Austria beat the Faroes 6-0.
  • In to the last 10 minutes in Stockholm.
  • 82 mins: McClean fouls Larsson on the wing.
  • 82 mins: And now long fouls Larsson and stays down.
  • 83 mins: Andy Keogh comes on for James McClean.
  • McClean has had a good game, although he could do with sharpening up his final ball into the box.
  • 84 mins: Ireland clear their lines after a bit of ping-pong in the box.

  • And Conor Sammon comes on for Shane Long, who has run his legs to stumps for the cause.

  • Ronnie Whelan gives James McCarthy the man of the match.
  • Paul Green has also put in a great shift in the middle of the park.
  • And we're in the final minute.
  • 2 minutes of added time.
  • Irish fans in great voice as we approach the end of the game.
  • Goal kick to Ireland in the final minute of added time.
  • 92 mins: Forde has to make a late save and it's a corner and Forde claims the ball and it's FULL-TIME
  • A precious point in Stockholm and that makes it 14 games unbeaten
    for Giovanni Trapattoni in away qualifiers
  • Stafapete Excellent performance
  • In fairness to Trap, he can set a side up away from home. The key will be how he goes about getting 3 points at home to Austria on Tuesday. Will Wes Hoolahan get a start in a bid to unpick the Austrian defence? McCarthy has to stay in the side, even if Whelan recovers from his ankle knock. And Green doesn't deserve to be dropped either, did the job asked of him to the letter.