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Republic of Ireland v Sweden - player ratings

DARREN RANDOLPH: Blameless for Sweden's goal, pulled off one very good save early in the second half and generally looked confident whenever called upon. 6/10

SEAMUS COLEMAN: Not quite as prominent as fellow full-back Robbie Brady going forward but certainly did have his moments in that respect - not least when he produced the assist for Wes Hoolahan's goal with an excellent piece of play on the right. 7

JOHN O'SHEA: Solid for the most part at the back but allowed Zlatan Ibrahimovic to dash past him and tee-up the equaliser. Also failed to make contact in front of goal in the first half when he should have scored. 6

CIARAN CLARK: Unfortunate to net an own-goal in what was otherwise a fine effort at the back. 6

ROBBIE BRADY: Impressive display. Frequently caused problems for Sweden down the left flank, sent one effort narrowly over the crossbar and also did his duties defensively. 8

JAMES McCARTHY: Not quite as involved as midfield partner Glenn Whelan but delivered a pretty sound performance. Booked. 6

GLENN WHELAN: Absolutely gave his all. Tired a bit late on and also picked up a yellow card following a poor-looking challenge. 7

JEFF HENDRICK: Proved the team's greatest threat in a dynamic showing. Called Sweden goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson into action three times with firm shots and saw another strike crack against the crossbar. 8

WES HOOLAHAN: Very lively display capped with a superb finish. 7

JONATHAN WALTERS: Put in a typically committed shift after overcoming an injury to feature, providing useful touches in attack and defence. 6

SHANE LONG: Worked hard but was unable to have too much of an impact. Nice touch to set things up when Hendrick hit the bar, and was then unable to get a touch when he dived to try to meet a cross. 6


JAMES McCLEAN (for Walters, 63): Saw one header go wide. 6

ROBBIE KEANE (for Hoolahan, 78): Not really that involved after coming on. 5

AIDEN McGEADY (for McCarthy, 85): Also had a limited bearing on proceedings. 5


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