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Euro 2016: Ireland keen to stop Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Paris: Republic of Ireland must somehow silence superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic when they open their Euro 2016 campaign against Sweden at the Stade de France today.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Pic/AFP
Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Pic/AFP

In a Group E also containing Italy and much-fancied Belgium, a defeat for either side could be a decisive blow to their prospects of reaching the last 16.

At 34, Manchester United target Ibrahimovic is probably gracing a major international tournament for the last time after scoring 11 times during qualifying for Erik Hamren's men.

"He's a good player but you can't single him out because they have others who can score goals, as they proved against Wales when there were three goal-scorers and he wasn't one of them," reasoned Ireland's veteran goalkeeper Shay Given.

"Still he's a fantastic player, one of the best centre-forwards in the world, but we've got to keep him quiet and the rest of them quiet as well."

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