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Video: Irish fans react to Ireland's draw with Sweden

SoccerBy Eugene Masterson
Wes Hoolahan and Robbie Brady at the final whistle
Wes Hoolahan and Robbie Brady at the final whistle

The Irish fans in Paris tells our man Eugene Masterson how they feel after seeing Ireland get pegged back against Sweden.

Some moaned that Ireland managed to score twice - Ciaran Clark's own goal cancelling out Wes Hoolahan's strike.

Brothers Gavin and Robert Magee, from Greystones, Co Wicklow, admitted Ireland were lucky not to have been beaten towards the end.

"It was disappointing overall in hindsight," said Robert.

"I think we had a lot of chances to win it. There were two great chances from Hendrick and John O'Shea's chance as well.

"If John O'Shea's chance had gone in at the start I think we really could have done it."

Gavin added: "We kind of took our foot off the pedal and as we scored we had Sweden for the taking.

"We just stood back and they just came at us and typically we let in a goal as usual."

Robert stresses there is an upside.

"There are a lot of positives out of this," he notes. "O'Shea and Clark were brilliant. Glen Whelan was fantastic. Just a bit worried about Walters' fitness now.

"He didn't look the best or the sharpest. Shane Long wasn't at his best either.

"We're going on to play Belgium and Italy and it's all to play for. It's a pity we didn't get three points."

Cavan man Enda McCormack observes: "It was a good performance, a great atmosphere, but the substitutions killed us."

His fellow county man Alan O'Riordan agreed.

"Coming here you would have taken the draw, but after playing so well for 60 minutes, the guys got tired and let Sweden back into it. We were lucky to hang on."

Over 20,000 Irish fans packed the Stade de France last night.

They partied on through the night, with many flying home tonight while others are preparing to travel to Bordeaux for our second game against Belgium on Saturday.

First up are brothers Gavin and Robert Magee from Greystones in Wicklow.

In our second video are Alan O'Riordan and Enda McCormack from Cavan.

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