They were rewarded for their domination three minutes into the second period when Wes Hoolahan scored with a splendid half-volley. Ibrahimovic will be a great addition to United, seeing that the fans and the team are growing exhausted of failed attempts to not only win the league, but qualify for the Champions League.
And seeing how well they did last night, you can only wonder if Euro 2012 could have had a different outcome of Hoolahan and Seamus Coleman had been involved instead of watching events in Poland on TV. “So, for a moment like that to happen for him it just seemed like absolutely the right thing to happen”.
“We have two very, very tough matches coming against two sides that are very classy”, said O’Neill.
The manager, who was expecting an update from his medical staff on Tuesday, said: “Of course I was aware there could be injuries – that’s not what you would wish for, obviously”. Ireland could not translate their first half dominance into goals and beating one of Belgium or Italy to progress is a far taller order than beating an average Swedish side. They have very, very good players now and they will be hard. “He’s being checked now as I speak, but it would be a concern for us”. “Ireland did well protecting their area and keeping him (Ibrahimovic) away from that goal”. He is someone that links the play, gets in behind defences and makes great intelligent passes.
Described as one of the worst Squadra Azzurra ever by Italian media, Antonio Conte’s aging team defied the odds to take the lead in Group E with an impressive collective display at Lyon’s Grand Stade. “But it’s not finished, we’ve got two matches left to reach the round of 16”.
John O’Shea, in front of an open goal, then missed the ball by millimetres after Clark headed on a corner. We’ll check him in the morning.
In an ending perhaps fitting to the pre-game festivities, Ireland and Sweden proceeded to tie their match 1-1, putting both teams at one point after their opening matches. “But if I can take anything from today, I thought the players looked accomplished to go with their never-say-die attitude and their spirit”.
O’Neill’s side successfully pressed and harried the Swedes, whose chances were restricted to a long range free-kick that Ibrahimovic slammed against the Ireland wall.
Guidetti was involved in the build-up to the equalising goal as Sweden finished strongly to salvage a draw.
“He’s a good fit for United, he’s a good player”, Keane said, as quoted by the Daily Star. There is no problem with our attitude though.