Euro 2016: Ireland keen to stop Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Republic of Ireland must somehow silence superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic when they open their Euro 2016 campaign against Sweden at the Stade de France today
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
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."