The retractable roof was closed for last night’s World Cup qualifier between Sweden and the Republic of Ireland at the Friends Arena in Stockholm. But it was the tightness of both rearguards that ultimately dictated the outcome of a pivotal game. Two defensively austere sides fairly shared the points in a match neither team particularly deserved to win. What did occur though for Giovanni Trapattoni’s side was a corner turned. Or so we are satisfied to say.
Anything less then a victory against Austria on Tuesday night and this disciplined performance will be quickly deemed an irrelevant footnote on the Italian’s reign. While confidence will be rightly generated, the real fear is where opportunities are going to come from.