“Of course it’s a big disappointment. This wasn’t our goal, it wasn’t what we wanted,” says Sebastian Larsson, to Swedish Radio news.
Sweden was pretty sloppy right from the kick-off. Poor and errant passing in the backfield meant little possibility of an organized offensive attack.
Sweden’s midfielders Rasmus Elm and Kim Källström had a tough time connecting with each other and other players. This allowed Ireland to mount several counterattacks, but the Swedish side was able to stop them on the defense.
Nothing much happened on Sweden’s offense either. Sweden’s star Zlatan Ibrahimovic did not get involved much in the action.
Sweden gets one point for its match against Ireland at home, which it makes it much harder for them to make it to the World Cup in Brazil next year.