Sunday 22 April 2018

Draw suits neither Sweden nor Ireland... but maybe does suit this couple

Natalie Nilsson and Noel Grehan
Natalie Nilsson and Noel Grehan
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

THE draw suited some people more than others.

Noel Grehan (34) from Longford and his Swedish girlfriend Natalie Nilsson (34) travelled to the Stade de France together this afternoon.

Noel, who works in Malmo, said the couple met two years ago online and when both countries were drawn together for today's clash they booked tickets straight away.

Unlucky for Noel they were in the Swedish fan section.

He said: "I'm a little nervous as I'm the only one here with a tricolour.

"I'll be the only one cheering when Ireland win."

He was cheering when they scored at least, but presumably a little quieter a little later.

Many Irish fans have spoken of their "admiration" for the Swedish ladies.

Asked how he managed to bag himself a "prized possession", Noel and Natalie both responded, "drink".

Natalie explained: "He got me drunk and we've been together since."

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