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Republic of Ireland v Sweden Football Results

The Republic of Ireland has played Sweden ten times with a win ratio of just 30%. The Irish have never beaten Sweden in a competitive match however they have 75% win ratio in international friendly matches.

Although the two nations have never met in a major championship finals they have met in both the World Cup and Euro Championship qualifiers down through the years. The first meeting between Ireland and Sweden was a competitive match in the 1950 World Cup qualifiers in Stockholm.

Ireland V Sweden in 1950 World Cup Qualifiers

In the first 1950 World Cup qualification match at the Resunda Stadium Ireland actually took the lead after nine minutes through West Brom's Davy Walsh. It wasn't enough to prevent the Irish from going down to a 3-1 defeat despite an outstanding performance by Irish captain Jackie Carey of Manchester United. Two first half goals from Anderson (17 Pen) and Jeppson (37) and a second half effort by Liedholm (69) were enough to see off the Irish.

In the return match at Dalymount Park the outcome was the same - a 3-1 win for the Swedes. This time it was the Scandinavians that took an early lead through 19 year old Carl-Erik Palmer. The youngster added a further two goals to his tally to become the first player to score an international hat-trick against Ireland. Con Martin scored Ireland's goal from the penalty spot in front of 41,031 spectators. As Finland had pulled out of the qualification group this meant that qualification for the World Cup finals in Rio de Janeiro was decided over the two matches played between Ireland and Sweden.

Ireland V Sweden in 1972 European Championship Qualifiers

Ireland's next competitive matches against Sweden were in the 1972 European Championship qualifiers in October 1970. On October 14 the two countries played out a 1-1 draw at Dalymount Park. A 44th minute penalty from Tommy Carroll gave the home team and fans something to cheer about however an equaliser from Brzokoupil (61) dashed any hopes of a victory. In the return match two weeks later Ireland succumbed to a Tom Turesson goal after 75 minutes. In a tough qualification group, that also included Italy and Austria, Ireland finished bottom with just single point from the draw at Dalymount.

Ireland V Sweden in 2014 World Cup Qualifiers

In something of a coincidence the Irish and Swedes were thrown together for a second time in a qualification group for a World Cup finals to be held in Brazil. Under pressure Irish football manager, Giovanni Trapattoni, had a number of injuries to contend with and there were very few optimistic Irish supporters as Ireland lined out in Stockholm in March 2013.

As things transpired the Italian's improvised side put up a spirited, and indeed skilful, performance to earn a well-deserved 0-0 draw. This result kept in the running for second place in the 2014 World Cup qualification group. However in the return match in Dublin in September 2013 the Swedes won 2-1 thereby effectively ending Ireland's World Cup qualification hopes.

Ireland V Sweden in 2016 Euro Finals

Ireland played Sweden at a major championship final competition for the first time when they met during the group stages of the 2016 Euros in Paris, France. In the opening group E match the teams played out a 1-1 draw courtesy of a stunning strike by Wes Hoolahan and an OG by the unfortunate Ciaran Clark. Irish football manager Martin O'Neill proclaimed himself delighted with the performance by his team but disappointed with the result. Having avoided defeat the Irish hopes of progressing in the competition were very much alive at the final whistle.

Republic of Ireland Match Results Against Sweden

Competition Result
02-Jun-1949 Stockholm, Sweden WC Qualifier Loss
3 - 1
13-Nov-1949 Dalymount Park , Dublin WC Qualifier Loss
1 - 3
01-Nov-1959 Dalymount Park , Dublin Friendly Win
3 - 2
18-May-1960 Stockholm, Sweden Friendly Loss
4 - 1
14-Oct-1970 Dalymount Park , Dublin Euro Qualifier Draw
1 - 1
28-Oct-1970 Stockholm, Sweden Euro Qualifier Loss
1 - 0
28-Apr-1999 Lansdowne Road, Dublin Friendly Win
2 - 0
01-Mar-2006 Lansdowne Road, Dublin Friendly Win
3 - 0
22-Mar-2013 Stockholm, Sweden WC Qualifier Draw
0 - 0
06-Sep-2013 Aviva Stadium, Dublin WC Qualifier Loss
1 - 2
13-Jun-2016 Paris, France Euro Finals Draw
1 - 1

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