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Euro 2016: Republic of Ireland draws 1-1 with Sweden

By Damian Spellman

Published 13/06/2016

Republic of Ireland's Robert Brady (left) and Sweden's Erik Johansson battle for the ball during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Ireland. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Republic of Ireland's Robert Brady (left) and Sweden's Erik Johansson battle for the ball during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Ireland. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Republic of Ireland's Robbie Keane applauds the fans after the final whistle during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de France, Paris. Chris Radburn/PA Wire.
Republic of Ireland's Jonathan Walters (right) is substituted for team mate James McClean during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Republic of Ireland's Glenn Whelan (second left) is shown a yellow card by referee Milorad Mazic during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Sweden's Andreas Granqvist (right) intercepts a shot from Republic of Ireland's Jeff Hendrick during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Republic of Ireland's Glenn Whelen (right) and Sweden's Sebastiam Larsson (second from right) clash during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Ireland. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Republic of Ireland's Ciaran Clark (left) and Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic battle for the ball during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Republic of Ireland's Robert Brady (right) and Sweden's Erik Johansson battle for the ball during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Ireland. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Republic of Ireland's Ciaran Clark jumps for the ball during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Sweden's Martin Olsson and Reublic of Ireland's Jeff Hendrick battle for the ball during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Ireland. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (right) and Republic of Ireland's John O'Shea battle for the ball during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Ireland. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Republic of Ireland's John O'Shea (second right) holds back team mate Glenn Whelan (right) during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Republic of Ireland's Glenn Whelan during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Republic of Ireland's Aidan McGeady (left) speaks with referee Milorad Mazic during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Ireland. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill gestures from the technical area during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Ireland. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Sweden manager Erik Hamren applauds the fans after the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Republic of Ireland's John O'Shea (centre) holds back team mate Republic of Ireland's Glenn Whelan during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Republic of Ireland's John O'Shea (centre) holds back team mate Republic of Ireland's Glenn Whelan during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Republic of Ireland's Robert Brady applauds supporters after the final whistle during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Ireland. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Republic of Ireland fans look dejected in the last minutes of the match as they watch their team in at The Hangar in Dublin city centre during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group D match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 13, 2016. See PA story SPORT Euro2016 Dublin. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.
Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph and Sweden's Martin Olsson (left) shake hands after the final whistle during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Ireland. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Republic of Ireland's Robbie Keane applauds supporters after the final whistle during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Ireland. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Sweden fans in the stands applaud the players during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Republic of Ireland fans applaud at the final whistle during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Republic of Ireland's Glenn Whelen acknowledges supporters after the final whistle during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Ireland. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Republic of Ireland's James McClean appalauds the fans after the final whistle during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Republic of Ireland's Shane Long waves to supporters after the final whistle during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Ireland. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Republic of Ireland's Wes Hoolahan and Robert Brady after the final whistle during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Ireland. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Republic of Ireland's Ciaran Clark(left) appalauds the fans after the final whistle during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Republic of Ireland's Wes Hoolahan (left) and Robert Brady after the final whistle during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Ireland. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Republic of Ireland's Robbie Keane applauds the fans after the final whistle during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Republic of Ireland's Glenn Whelen acknowledges supporters after the final whistle during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Ireland. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Republic of Ireland fans applaud at the final whistle during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Republic of Ireland's James McClean appalauds the fans after the final whistle during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Republic of Ireland's Shane Long waves to supporters after the final whistle during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Ireland. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Republic of Ireland's Wes Hoolahan and Robert Brady after the final whistle during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Ireland. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Republic of Ireland's Ciaran Clark(left) appalauds the fans after the final whistle during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Republic of Ireland's Wes Hoolahan (left) and Robert Brady after the final whistle during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Ireland. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Republic of Ireland's Robbie Keane applauds the fans after the final whistle during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Republic of Ireland's James McClean appalauds the fans after the final whistle during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Republic of Ireland's Ciaran Clark(left) appalauds the fans after the final whistle during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
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Ciaran Clark's own goal snatched a first competitive victory over Sweden from the Republic of Ireland's grasp on another night of heartache at the Stade de France.

Ireland looked to be on their way to a first win at the European Championship finals since they beat England in Stuttgart in 1988, courtesy of Wes Hoolahan's fine 48th-minute strike.

But their hopes were dashed in Saint Denis when Aston Villa defender Clark turned Zlatan Ibrahimovic's cross past goalkeeper Darren Randolph to leave the Republic having to make do with a point from a 1-1 draw on a night when they could justifiably feel they should have emerged with more.

Sweden were decidedly second best before the break and although they improved after it, Ireland boss Martin O'Neill will feel his side did more than enough to have won a game in which victory would have given either team a significant chance of making it out of Group E.

Ireland's last game at the Stade de France ended in tears as they saw their chance of a trip to the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa stolen from them by the hand of Thierry Henry and they were in no mood to leave heartbroken once again.

That night they played with a freedom rarely seen under the conservative Giovanni Trapattoni, and they did so once again before the break to leave a Sweden team led by genuine superstar Ibrahimovic hanging on desperately.

But for the woodwork and keeper Andreas Isaksson, Ireland would have headed back to the dressing room with a deserved lead, and the only concern as they left the pitch was that they had nothing to show for their dominance.

In a robust encounter, it was they who threw all the significant punches with midfielder Jeff Hendrick forcing Isaksson to save a rising 10th-minute drive after he had run on to Jonathan Walters' knock-down.

Captain John O'Shea, whose late equaliser in Germany garnered a precious point towards the qualification fund, came agonisingly close to adding to his modest tally of three senior international goals when he only just failed to connect with central defensive partner Clark's flick-on at the back post.

That opening came from Robbie Brady's corner, and the Norwich man fired inches too high after he had cut inside and gone for goal right-footed with 28 minutes played.

However, it was Hendrick who came closest to breaking the deadlock four minutes later from Ireland's best move of the half, exchanging passes with striker Shane Long before rattling the crossbar from distance with Isaksson helpless.

For their part, Sweden offered little as an attacking force with Ibrahimovic stabbing a half-chance high and wide six minutes from half-time from what proved to be a rare glimpse of Randolph's goal.

The game exploded into life within three minutes of the restart when full-back Seamus Coleman tricked his way into the penalty area and kept his head to pick out Hoolahan, whose first-time half-volleyed finish was a thing of beauty.

The Irish contingent erupted, although their cheers very nearly died in their throats within two minutes when Clark hacked an attempted clearance towards his own goal to force Randolph into his first real save of the game.

Sweden sensed an escape route and committed men to the search for an equaliser, and it nearly came when Ibrahimovic turned Martin Olsson's shot just past Randolph's right-hand post on the hour.

But their redemption eventually arrived courtesy of an Irish head when Clark, in a desperate attempt to cut out Ibrahimovic's cross after substitute John Guidetti had back-heeled the ball into space, unwittingly turned it past his own keeper to hand the Swedes a lifeline.

The equaliser both deflated Ireland and further invigorated the Swedes, and it was O'Neill's men who were more relieved when the final whistle signalled an end to proceedings with honours even.

Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, to see the Republic of Ireland play Belgium during the 2016 Euros. Saturday 18th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out to watch Republic of Ireland v Sweden during the 2016 Euros at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast. Monday 13th June. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

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