Republic of Ireland were forced to settle for a point in their Euro 2016 opener after Ciaran Clark’s own-goal saw them draw 1-1 with Sweden in Paris.

Wes Hoolahan’s sumptuous half-volley three minutes after the interval had given Martin O’Neill’s men a deserved lead at the Stade de France.

But Clark provided the one blotch on what was an otherwise encouraging performance, levelling the contest on 71 minutes when he headed Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s cross beyond the stricken Darren Randolph.

The Irish now head to Bordeaux to take on the highest-ranked team in the tournament, Belgium, on Saturday while Sweden take on Italy in Toulouse on Friday.


Sweden’s forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic (top 2nd L) celebrates a goal with teammates during the Euro 2016 group E football match v Republic of Ireland.