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16 June 2016

Defender shone in opening game vs Ireland

MARTIN Olsson is targeting an improved Sweden display when they resume their Euro 2016 campaign against Italy on Friday at the Stadium Municipal in Toulouse (2pm).

The Scandinavians had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Robbie Brady and Wes Hoolahan’s Ireland in their opening game, leaving Group E finely poised ahead of the second round of fixtures.

That point was earned courtesy of an own goal from Ciaran Clark, with the defender inadvertently diverting Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s cross into his own net to cancel out Hoolahan’s earlier strike.

"Wes was very good, but I see that from him every day in training so wasn’t surprised," Olsson told journalists after the match when discussing the impact of his Club teammate. 

"I told the others he was a player we had to watch out for, and he showed it. The first half wasn’t like us and we have to try and improve for the next game.

"Every game is important and we had a big chance to get three points. We need to keep the ball a bit better [against Italy], get on the ball and then move for each other."

To view the full Euro 2016 group programme for our players, click HERE.

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