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Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni. Picture: David Maher/SPORTSFILE

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni. Picture: David Maher/SPORTSFILE

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni. Picture: David Maher/SPORTSFILE

GIOVANNI TRAPATTONI had good reason to look satisfied even if his team had just lost to Spain. He gave youth a fling and it worked for him.

"The better team won, they are the champions of the world. They controlled the game for 45 minutes but we had a good balance and a good personality," he said.

"We know the Spanish players, they are superior technically and they usually have more possession but football is particularly strange because we have Sammon and the goal was a goal. But that said, we have to recognise that Spain deserved to win. We were playing the best."

Trapattoni was particularly pleased with the last half hour when Ireland bounced back from Spain's opening goal with great energy and commitment. "We had a very good reaction which was important because in the Euro against Spain we lost our trust and confidence but not this evening. For the young players, this was a very good lesson, a good test. (Séamus) Coleman, (James) McCarthy. (Jeff) Hendrick. These two or three they can think about their performance against the great players and take confidence from this. Quinn played with great personality in the second-half. In the future they can be key players in the squad."

After Sweden staggered across the line in Stockholm against the Faroe Islands with 10 men and a 2-0 win, Trapattoni reiterated his belief that Ireland can buck to odds and qualify for Brazil 2014. "They won in the last minute with ten men!" he said. "It is clear all three teams can dream and think about qualifying. We can achieve qualification."


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