Giovanni Trapattoni's Ireland eye Sweden scalp in World Cup qualifier

Republic of Ireland, who will take on Sweden in a World Cup qualifier on Friday, hope to end their 12-year wait for a major home scalp

updated: September 05, 2013 15:04 IST
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Dublin: Giovanni Trapattoni is confident the Republic of Ireland can end their 12-year wait for a major home scalp when Sweden visit Dublin in World Cup qualifying on Friday.

Trapattoni was in charge of an Italy side that drew 0-0 draw in Lithuania on September 1, 2001 -- the same day a Jason McAteer goal fired Ireland to a famous victory over Holland at Lansdowne Road during their successful campaign to reach the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.

Since then, Dublin has not witnessed a similarly memorable event, with Armenia -- then ranked 42nd in the world -- in October 2011 the highest-ranked side Ireland have beaten since Trapattoni become manager.

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