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Faroes captain: Irish game means everything

DESPAIR in the Ireland camp but disappointment among the Faroe Islands players as they now have Ireland in their sights after an unlucky defeat at home to Sweden on Friday night.

The Faroes lost their sixth game in a row with a 2-1 loss to the Swedes in Torshavn. But the home side gave Sweden a real fright as they took the lead early in the second half through their highly-rated defender Rogvi Baldvinsson and Sweden needed a late goal from Zlatan Ibrahimovic to seal the win.

The Faroes have now lost seven of their last eight competitive games but their squad insist that they are hurting after a narrow defeat.

"Of course we are disappointed. We played a good match and were unlucky not to get anything from it. But we must shake this disappointment off our shoulders now. We have new match ahead of us and it means everything, that we are prepared for Ireland tomorrow," said Frodi Benjaminsen, midfielder and captain of the national side.

"I definitely don't think it will be an advantage for us, that Ireland just lost heavily to Germany. They'll be raring to go on Tuesday, because they'll have something to prove after that loss against Germany. So it will be a very difficult match for us.

"As against Sweden it will be important for us to keep a clean sheet the first 15 minutes or so. If we can do that, I'm sure the Irish will start to get impatient, and that can work as an advantage for us," added Benjaminsen, who plays for local side HB.


Striker Joan Simun Edmundson, who plays his club football in the Danish First Division, says that his side should have come away with at least a point from the Sweden game.

"This is very disappointing. We had to soak up some pressure in the first 15-20 minutes, but after that we kept Sweden well under control. They didn't create many chances, and we played a very good match. Unfortunately we could not hang on to our lead, but we deserved more from this match," he said.

Sunderland star Sebastian Larsson admitted Sweden side were lucky: "We never found our game, and the Faroese players made it difficult for us. I must admit, that it didn't look very good for us, when they took the lead, but fortunately we managed to turn it around towards the end.

"We haven't played well in these first two games (against Kazakhstan and Faroes), and we need to work on that."