Hoolahan rues final 20 minutes

Republic of Ireland goalscorer Wes Hoolahan praised his team's performance in their 1-1 draw against Sweden, admitting that his team let the match get away from them.

The midfielder scored the opening goal of the match from an excellent cross from Seamus Coleman, giving his countrymen hope that they could kick off their Euro 2016 campaign with a win.

And while Martin O'Neil's side may have settled for the draw before the match, the quality of their play was such that a win would have been the deserved result.

"It's a great point in the end, we look forward to playing Belgium next," Hoolahan told reporters after the match.

"It was a fantastic set up by Seamus," he continued, referring to his excellent finish. "It's just come to me and I caught it on the half-volley and I was delighted to see it go in the back of the net."

Asked whether he considers the goal a highlight of his football career, the player said: "Yeah of course, it's up there with that. To get a goal for Ireland in the Euros is a great achievement.

"Fair play to the boys out there today," he said about his teammates. "They were magnificent, unlucky not to get their three points in the end, but we'll take the point.

"In the first half we were excellent. And the start of the second half we were excellent as well but unfortunately the last 20 minutes we let it get away from us.

"But, the boys should proud of themselves, we put in a great performance."

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