Wes Hoolahan

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Republic of Ireland defender Ciaran Clark scores an own goal during the Euro 2016 group E  match against Sweden at the Stade de France. Photographing:   Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images

“Hard to know how to feel about that,” said the officer of the association. “Another 1-1 win.” I didn’t say a word. I was lost in thought, looking fr(...)

Sweden’s coach Erik Hamren  applauds the fans at the end of the Euro 2016 group E match at the Stade de France stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

Defender Martin Olsson is hoping Sweden are not made to pay for their draw with the Republic of Ireland, with Italy and Belgium left to play as they r(...)

Republic of Ireland forward  Jonathan Walters closes down  Swedish defender Victor Nilsson-Lindelof during the Euro 2016 game at Stade de France. Photograph:  Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

There was disappointment but a sense of defiance too amongst the Irish players as they made their out of the Stade de France. Many insisted that they (...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill on the sideline during the Euro 2016 game against Sweden at the Stade de France. Photograph: John Sibley/Reuters/Livepic

Martin O’Neill has challenged the Republic of Ireland to pull off a big victory after his side were denied a winning start to their Euro 2016 campaign(...)

Republic of Ireland midfielder Wes Hoolahan (right) celebrates with  midfielder Glenn Whelan (left) and  midfielder Robert Brady  after scoring a goal during the Euro 2016 group E football match between Ireland and Sweden at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis. Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images

For a while it looked like Ireland were constructing the perfect performance. They outplayed Sweden for 48 minutes: building patiently, creating chanc(...)

Ireland’s Wes Hoolahan celebrates scoring their first goal against Sweden in the Euro 2016 Group E clash. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ireland’s 1-1 draw with Sweden at the Stade de France was, on the whole, two points dropped. Martin O’Neill’s side were excellent for 48 minutes an(...)

Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic didn’t hide against the Republic of Ireland. He never does. Photo: Getty Images

As Zlatan Ibrahimovic surveyed the scene before kick off he appeared to give a little nod, as if to approve this arena and occasion worthy of his pres(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Wes Hoolahan opens the scoring in the Euro 2016 Group E match against Sweden at Stade de France in Paris. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters/Livepic

Sweden 1 Republic of Ireland 1 In a week’s time the Irish might well be looking back on this, a game they led but drew, and wondering what might have(...)

Wes Hoolahan celebrates scoring Ireland’s opener against Sweden in Paris. Photograph: Reuters

Ireland 1 Sweden 0 (Hoolahan 47) Ireland continued on the front foot in the second half at Paris and got their reward as Wes Hoolahan opened the sc(...)

Wes Hoolahan will start for the Republic of Ireland in the Group E opener against Sweden at Stade de France. Photograph:   Donall Farmer/Inpho

Martin O’Neill has urged his team to “get on the ball” against Sweden after he backed up his claim that Ireland would look to win their opening game o(...)

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