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'The Irish Messi' - Bask In Wes Hoolahan's Utterly Filthy Highlight Reel Against Sweden

'The Irish Messi' - Bask In Wes Hoolahan's Utterly Filthy Highlight Reel Against Sweden

*Originally published on 13th June 2016

Not since we were beguiled by the searing genius of Damien Duff (and admittedly, the stodgy Saudi keeper) had Ireland led a game in a major tournament game. Wes Hoolahan promptly went about changing that, scoring an utterly sublime goal a couple of minutes into the second half. Here is the goal. Zlatan was spotted applauding afterwards, perhaps to offer encouragement to his teammates, but there may have been a hint of recognition for Wes in there too.

Here is the goal:

That final angle caused us to feel some tingly sensations, and we are not afraid to say that. It was an utterly bewitching performance by Hoolahan. Have a look at this swish of his wand:

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Also, prepare to coo over this first touch:

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Trust us, you're not the only one impressed:

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It feels pretty good to have a magician playing in green.

By the way, those German TV commentators were being a bit overly-complimentary to Messi.

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See Also:Β Player Ratings: Here's How We Rated The Irish Players In A Frustrating Game Against Sweden

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