Richard Dunne: 'Republic of Ireland face uphill battle to qualify'

Dunne: 'Republic face uphill battle'
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Republic of Ireland defender Richard Dunne says that losing to Sweden this evening is a big blow to the country's hopes of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

Richard Dunne has said that the Republic of Ireland's loss to Sweden this evening is a "big blow" to their hopes of qualifying for next year's World Cup.

The Scandinavian side came from behind to beat Giovanni Trapattoni's men 2-1 in Dublin.

The defender told Sky Sports News: "It's a big blow to lose. We know we needed four points from the next two games.

"We were flying in the first half but if you gives quality players time and space they will punish you and that's what they did."

Ireland will face Austria on Tuesday.

Republic of Ireland's Manager Giovanni Trapattoni before the start of the match with Georgia during a International friendly match between the Republic of Ireland and Georgia at the Aviva Stadium on June 2, 2013
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