We've had draws in the past that felt like shimmering victories.
England, 1990. Germany, 2002. Italy, 2009. Germany, again, in 2014. Just to name a few.
But this was not one of those occasions; this was one of those times that felt like we had something taken away from us
It started with the normal cautious optimism
Eight minutes in and we haven't conceded. Already it's better than 2012. Don't want to jinx it but WE'RE GONNA WIN THE EUROS! #IREvSWE
— Alan Regan (@alan_regan) June 13, 2016
And after an impressive first-half, we were ahead...
— Richie Sadlier (@RichieSadlier) June 13, 2016
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has always been a poor man's Wes Houlihan #IREvSWE
— Richard Osman (@richardosman) June 13, 2016
Nervous times followed...
Big risk bringing on McClean. The 6th century Viking assault on Derry is still very raw for him. #COYBIG
— Eoghan Rice (@rice_e) June 13, 2016
The Irish players should be hypnotised before the game to always believe they're a goal down. #COYBIG
— Colm Tobin (@colmtobin) June 13, 2016
— Shiv Marie (@Siobhanr19) June 13, 2016
Then came the heartbreak
— Joe O’Shea (@josefoshea) June 13, 2016
*Glares at ikea flowerpot* #COYBIG
— Annie West (@anniewestdotcom) June 13, 2016
And the painful anticlimax of the final whistle
— Oliver Callan (@olivercallan) June 13, 2016
We deserved to win that. Played so much better apart from 10 mins. We are definitely good enough to get out of this group. #COYBIG????????????????
— Shane Lowry (@ShaneLowryGolf) June 13, 2016
A draw is a draw is a draw is a draw. We'll take that. #IREvSWE
— Dr Elaine Byrne (@ElaineByrne) June 13, 2016
A result that neither side wanted, and over the 90 minutes Sweden probably didn’t deserve. #IREvSWE
— Philip O'Connor (@philipoconnor) June 13, 2016
But at least we did learn something important tonight...
— Amy Molloy (@AmyMolloy9) June 13, 2016