Soccer-Ireland own goal hands Sweden opening draw

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    PARIS, June 13 (Reuters) - Sweden needed an embarrassing own 
goal from Ireland to share a 1-1 draw in their Euro 2016 Group E 
opener at the Stade de France on Monday. 
    The better side for most of the game, Ireland wasted a few 
chances before midfielder Wes Hoolahan surprised Sweden 
goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson with a half-volley from a cross by 
Seamus Coleman early in the second half. 
    Sweden levelled after 71 minutes when centre back Ciaran 
Clark headed a Zlatan Ibrahimovic centre into his own net, 
leaving both sides facing a struggle to emerge from a tough 
group that also features Belgium and Italy. 
    Ireland had hoped to ease the pain from their last visit to 
the stadium when an infamous Thierry Henry handball helped 
France defeat them in a qualifying playoff for the 2010 World 
Cup. 
 
 (Reporting by Patrick Vignal; Editing by Tony Jimenez) 
 
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