EURO 2016: Republic of Ireland draw with Sweden in openig group game


Monday, 13th June 2016, 7:12 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 5:16 pm
Republic of Ireland's Wes Hoolahan celebrates scoring against Sweden

An own goal from Ciaran Clark saw the Republic of Ireland denied a winning start to their Euro 2016 campaign in Paris on Monday evening.

Wes Hoolahan gave the Republic a deserved lead shortly after half-time with a crisply struck half-volley worthy of opening the scoring in any match.

The Republic had come close to opening the scoring during a lively first half.

But, after taking the lead they found themselves under increasing pressure and conceded when Clark, chosen ahead of Richard Keogh in the centre of defence, headed a low cross from Zlatan Ibrahimovic into his own net.

The equaliser came from one of the few moments of quality from the Sweden captain, who collected a neat backheel from substitute John Guidetti and raced to the byeline before drilling in a low cross.

Hendrick drew a late save from Andreas Isaksson but there was no be no winner at the end of a feisty, scrappy match the Republic shaded but could not close out.