• FT

    Russia

    4

    Luxembourg

    1

  • FT

    Kazakhstan

    2

    Faroe Island

    1

  • FT

    Czech Rep

    1

    Armenia

    2

  • FT

    Macedonia

    2

    Wales

    1

  • FT

    Norway

    2

    Cyprus

    0

  • FT

    Malta

    1

    Denmark

    2

  • FT

    Romania

    3

    Hungary

    0

  • FT

    Turkey

    5

    Andorra

    0

  • FT

    Ukraine

    9

    San Marino

    0

  • FT

    Latvia

    2

    Lithuania

    1

  • FT

    Bosnia-Herz

    0

    Slovakia

    1

  • FT

    Georgia

    0

    France

    0

  • FT

    Estonia

    2

    Netherlands

    2

  • FT

    Finland

    0

    Spain

    2

  • FT

    Slovenia

    1

    Albania

    0

  • FT

    Switzerland

    4

    Iceland

    4

  • FT

    Germany

    3

    Austria

    0

  • FT

    Italy

    1

    Bulgaria

    0

  • FT

    Liechtenstei

    0

    Greece

    1

  • FT

    N Ireland

    2

    Portugal

    4

  • FT

    Poland

    1

    Montenegro

    1

  • FT

    Rep of Ire

    1

    Sweden

    2

  • FT

    Serbia

    1

    Croatia

    1

  • FT

    England

    4

    Moldova

    0

  • FT

    Scotland

    0

    Belgium

    2

WORLD CUP QUALIFYING - UEFA

Aviva Stadium

Attendance: 49500

* Local time based on your geographic location.

Republic of Ireland

  • Robbie Keane 21'

1 - 2

FT

Sweden

  • Johan Elmander 33'
  • Anders Svensson 57'

Svensson sinks Ireland

Ireland's Robbie Keane walks off the pitch dejected.

Veteran Anders Svensson left the Republic of Ireland's World Cup hopes in

tatters as he marked his record-equalling 143rd appearance for Sweden with a

precious winner.

The 37-year-old midfielder, who matched Thomas Ravelli's leading caps total for

their country at the Aviva Stadium, fired home from Zlatan Ibrahimovic's

slide-rule 57th-minute pass to help the Swedes complete a stirring comeback in

front of a packed house.

It had started so well for Ireland when Robbie Keane blasted them ahead with 22

minutes gone, the 60th goal of his senior international career.

But with Ibrahimovic casting himself in the role of provider rather than

executioner, the home side wilted as first victory, then the minimum requirement

of a draw slipped from their grasp.

Johan Elmander levelled after 33 minutes with a bullet header to pave the way

for Svensson to finish the job and arguably, Ireland's hopes of making it to

Brazil next summer.

Giovanni Trapattoni's men will head for Austria on Tuesday night knowing

nothing short of victory will give them any chance of wrestling back a chance of

snatching second place in Group C, and even them they might have to do something

special away to runaway leaders Germany to achieve it.

Keane had admitted in the run up to the game that the double-header against the

Swedes and the Austrians would make or break Ireland's campaign, and he and his

team-mates emerged from the tunnel in determined mood.

For the best part of half an hour, excepting a couple of minor scares, they

largely held sway and looked the more likely to break the deadlock.

Shane Long, challenged by assistant manager Marco Tardelli during the week to

improve his finishing, might have provided the perfect riposte within a minute

of the kick-off only for full-back Martin Olsson to make a brave block after

defender Richard Dunne had headed down Seamus Coleman's free-kick for the

striker.

Glenn Whelan thumped a shot from distance into Swedish keeper Andreas

Isaksson's midriff after slicing an earlier effort wide, and Jon Walters drove

past the post in an encouraging start by the home side.

Ibrahimovic had in the meantime wasted two free-kicks, sending both into the

defensive wall, but Marc Wilson had to redeem himself after allowing a

16th-minute cross to drop over his head to the Paris St Germain frontman by

getting in a good block to repel the ensuing shot.

Ireland were almost undone from the resulting corner when Sebastian Larsson's

set-piece was helped on to Ibrahimovic beyond the far post, but he could not

react quickly enough and stabbed his effort into the side-netting.

But Trapattoni's men forced their way in front with 22 minutes gone, and the

identity of the scorer came as little surprise.

James McClean had already served warning by dropping a cross on to Isaksson's

bar with the goalkeeper beaten, but the visitors failed to take heed.

Full-back Mikael Lusting's careless header allowed skipper Keane to race in on

goal and toe-poke the ball past the advancing keeper, only for it to come back

off the foot of the post.

Sweden appeared to have got away with it as Mikael Antonsson and Lustig pounced

on the rebound, but between them, they could only serve it up for the Ireland

skipper once again and he gleefully lashed it into the roof of the net.

However, the lead lasted just 11 minutes despite a glaring miss by Larsson, who

headed wide from Ibrahimovic's cross with the goal at his mercy.

Elmander was far more deadly when he opportunity arrived, getting ahead of

33-year-old Dunne, playing his first competitive game for the Republic for more

than a year, to power Lustig's cross home.

In an instant, the momentum of the game had shifted and it was the home side

which was perhaps most grateful to hear the half-time whistle.

The two sides returned after break equally aware of the consequences of both

victory and defeat, and it was the Swedes who were first to threaten when

Elmander met Olsson's left-wing cross at the near post, but flicked just wide

under pressure from Dunne.

McClean forced Isaksson into an uncomfortable 51st-minute save after Long and

Walters had combined well on the edge of the penalty area, but it was opposite

number David Forde who found himself in the thick of the action as Sweden made

their move.

The 33-year-old raced from his line to deny Larsson after he had run on to

Ibrahimovic's exquisite through-ball, but was powerless when the striker

repeated the dose to set Svensson free, and his finish was assured.

Trapattoni's response was muted - he sent on Simon Cox and then debutant

Anthony Pilkington, but to little avail as Sweden saw out time comfortably.

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Scoring Summary

  • Republic of Ireland
  • Sweden
Robbie Keane (21')

Match Stats

  • Republic of Ireland
  • Sweden
14(3) Shots (on goal) 11(3)
17 Fouls 7
8 Corner kicks 3
2 Offsides 3
57% Time of Possession 43%
2 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
1 Saves 2

Teams

  • Republic of Ireland
  • Sweden
Substitutes
Substitutions
Yellow Cards
Albin Ekdal (56')