Robbie Keane eager for Ireland to top Sweden

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ROBBIE Keane will lead an all-out assault on Sweden as the Republic of Ireland attempt to make a decisive breakthrough in their World Cup qualifying campaign.

Manager Giovanni Trapattoni has set his sights on four points from tonight’s home clash with the Swedes and Tuesday’s trip to Vienna to give his side a firm foothold in the race for the runners-up spot in Group C.

The 74-year-old Italian insists he would not be disappointed with a draw against Sweden if his side then went on to win in Austria.

However, skipper Keane said: “It’s certainly a game we are going into to get the three points. These two games are make or break. We kind of knew that it was going to come down to this between ourselves, Sweden and Austria, so it’s a game, certainly, we can’t afford to lose, there’s no question about that.

“But people are talking about going in and trying to get a draw – it’s very hard for any player to go in to try to get a draw. You go into every game trying to get the three points.”