Republic of Ireland vs Sweden: Robbie Keane has scored two goals in three starts against Sweden

Match facts ahead of the Euro 2016 meeting

Simon Rice@simonrice
Monday 13 June 2016 11:30
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Robbie Keane prepares for Euro 2016
Robbie Keane prepares for Euro 2016

Using the Independent's dedicated Euro 2016 app, we take a look at all the key match stats ahead of Republic of Ireland vs Sweden...

  • Sweden have won 50% of their encounters with the Republic of Ireland (5 out of 10), drawing twice and losing three times.
  • Sweden have failed to score in three of their last four games against the Republic of Ireland.
  • The Republic of Ireland and Sweden are facing each other in a major tournament for the first time.
  • This will be the Republic of Ireland’s third appearance at the EURO finals after 1988 and 2012. They have never gone past the group stages.
  • The Republic of Ireland won their first game at the EURO finals (1-0 v England in 1988) but have failed to win any of their subsequent five games, losing the last four (the longest current losing run among the 24 teams to have made it to France 2016).
  • The Republic of Ireland have never scored more than one goal in a game at the European Championships.
  • The Republic of Ireland had the oldest squad in the qualifiers for EURO 2016 (29 years & 8 months as of the end of the play-offs).
  • This is Sweden’s sixth appearance at the EURO finals, their fifth in a row.
  • Sweden have reached the knockout stages of the EURO only twice in their five previous appearances: 1992 (eliminated by Germany in the semi-finals) and 2004 (knocked out on penalties by the Netherlands in the quarter-finals).
  • Sweden have only won three of their last 14 games at the European Championships (D4 L7).
  • Robbie Keane has scored two goals in three starts against Sweden.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic has never scored in three games played against the Republic of Ireland. He could become – along with Cristiano Ronaldo – the first player to score in four different editions of the EURO. He is also only three goals short of Michel Platini’s record in the tournament (9 goals).
  • Sweden head-coach Erik Hamrén is leading Sweden at a major tournament for the second time after EURO 2012, a tournament in which his team failed to progress to the knockout stages. 
  • Republic of Ireland head-coach Martin O’Neill is taking charge at a major tournament for the first time as manager. He played five games with Northern Ireland at the 1982 World Cup.

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