Trapattoni content with point

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni was content to bank a point after his side held Sweden to a goalless draw in their World Cup qualifier in Stockholm.

Last Updated: 23/03/13 at 09:23 Post Comment

Giovanni Trapattoni: Republic of Ireland manager happy with draw in Sweden

Giovanni Trapattoni: Republic of Ireland manager happy with draw in Sweden

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Sweden, who drew 4-4 with Germany in October, had the better chances in the Group C clash.

However, Irish goalkeeper David Forde twice saved well in the first half and again in the dying moments to preserve Trapattoni's unbeaten record in away qualifying matches.

"I think this 90 minutes is a good result," said the Italian. "Sweden have not forgotten how to score four goals, as they did against Germany.

"We started and in the first minutes we had a great opportunity with Shane Long.

"He could strike better but it was a good opportunity. Afterwards the game had a good balance.

"I don't know if Sweden were afraid about us but we were not afraid of them.

"For us it was very important not to concede a goal, or concede a defeat. Now we have played nine games without losing away.

"We are slowly changing some players in this team and the young players are getting more confident.

"I am sure we can increase this in the future, with this group."

Ireland captain Robbie Keane said: "I wouldn't say Sweden weren't great - I'd say we were great in what we did.

"If Sweden weren't great it is because we stopped them from playing. It is as simple as that. We were hunting in packs and stopping them from playing.

"Of course we would have wanted three points but with the way we stopped them, nobody really had too many chances to score. I think, overall, we were the better team."

Sweden coach Erik Hamren said: "We are still an inexperienced team. Some of the players have not much experience as a team.

"Maybe that is why it is like this. The first half against Germany was not good either.

"We knew it was an important game for everyone but maybe that is one reason we didn't come up with the quality we wanted. But we were playing a team who are really good away.

"If you know the statistics, they haven't lost away in two qualifications."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

D

on't go to England at your age, you'll either be mugged or not appreciated. Or made to lump the ball long to a bloke who looks like a mascot.

megabrow (cufc)
Beckenbauer warns Schweinsteiger

F

rom the headline I presumed he meant boots, pants, jim-jams, toothbrush and paste, passport, tickets, premier inn long-term package, Scouse-English-Portuguese-German dictionary, 'How to be a 9 and 3/4' by B. Rodgers, few dozen tins of food and Evian because you can never be sure about the local food/water...

KevinBoatang
Firmino has 'everything' for PL - Willian

H

e looked like he was playing with a plastic pound shop ball in the wind against Juve, his passing was so bad.

paddy7s
Sergio Ramos: Exactly What United Need

Footer 365

Copa America: Chile beat Argentina 4-1 on penalties

Hosts Chile won the Copa America for the first time thanks to a 4-1 penalty shoot-out success over Argentina after the final ended goalless.

Sergio Ramos has refused to discuss interest from Manchester United

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has raised further question marks over his future after a coy response concerning interest from Manchester United.

Van Persie 'agrees Fenerbahce terms'

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie is close to joining Fenerbahce after reportedly agreeing terms with the Turkish club.

Mail Box

Has Everyone Forgotten About Khedira?

Sami Khedira is one of the signings of the summer and yet he's flown completely under the radar. Plus Dommy S's views of women's football get a right old shoeing...

Women's Success Won't Alter Viewing Habits

The Women's World Cup hasn't inspired everyone. Also in the Mailbox: a plastic's guide to Brazil, Nani regrets, tears over Henry, and The Beach Boys...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company