Summary

  • Leipzig's Forsberg involved as Sweden battle back to draw with Ireland.
  • Ibrahimovic magic leads to equaliser in second half.
  • "He provided the injection of pace we needed."

Emil Forsberg of Bundesliga promotees RB Leipzig says it is joy and a pleasure to play alongside self-styled football legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic at UEFA Euro 2016.

The former Malmö FF favourites are beginning to strike up quite the understanding in front of goal for Sweden, but it was the veteran of the budding double act who stole the headlines in Monday's 1-1 draw with the Republic of Ireland in Group E.

bundesliga.com: The Irish players say they deserved to win because they were the better team. Do you agree with that?

Emil Forsberg: We could say the same thing. We fully deserved the point in the second half, after struggling to get into the game in the first. We were the better side and had a few chances after Ireland made it 1-0. I think it was a 50-50 kind of game.

bundesliga.com: And one that pushed you to the limit...

Forsberg: That's right, it was a tough and fiercely competitive game, but we knew that would be the case beforehand. Now we have to continue to believe in ourselves and go into our next two matches with confidence. It's a really tough group, so we must win the next two if we can.

Forsberg believes Sweden were the better team in the second half at the Stade de France.

bundesliga.com: What went wrong in the first half?

Forsberg: We didn't have enough control of the ball and had far too little possession. We also made simple mistakes. We did a lot better in the second half.

bundesliga.com: And the equaliser followed a really nice piece of build-up play?

Forsberg: Yes, it was really tidy and that's how we want to play. It was a quick move and, of course, Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] did brilliantly.

bundesliga.com: After such a quick burst and fierce cross, there wasn't really anything Ireland's Ciaran Clark could do other than put the ball through his own net...

Forsberg: Yeah, Zlatan definitely forced it. Obviously it's a lot of fun to have a player like that in your team. He provided the injection of pace we needed. The high tempo was key to us coming back and not losing today.

Just what the doctor ordered: Ibrahimovic's invention forced the equaliser 19 minutes from time.

bundesliga.com: Did you see similarities between Ireland's style of play and Bundesliga 2?

Forsberg: I did, yes. Ireland fought hard. Their style of play is comparable to what you see in Bundesliga 2.