The Republic of Ireland manager Vera Pauw knows that her side face a tough task against Sweden in their opening 2023 World Cup qualifier, but says her squad are determined to give it everything at Tallaght Stadium.

World No 2-ranked Sweden reached the final of the Olympic Games during the summer and en route comprehensively beat the World Cup holders USA.

They will be expected to top a qualifying group that also includes Finland, Slovakia and Georgia. Realistically Ireland are aiming for the play-offs but a win in Tallaght would be a serious shot in the arm and nurture loftier ambitions.

"We will put everything in to having a good performance tomorrow," Pauw told RTÉ Sport in advance of the game.

"We take it game by game and focusing solely on this game. After tomorrow we have four days to the Finland game and then we'll focus on the next game.

"The breakthrough will not be tomorrow. We want to show our best game and see where that leads us. The breakthrough needs to be in other games."

Pauw has nothing but admiration for the Swedes and their input in helping to grow the game.

"It's fantastic to play them - that is why you want to play elite-level sport - to play countries like them. It's amazing what they do. Their development goes back to the 70s and the way they have developed their game in that time is something else - but we have no fear of failure.

"We've shown that in previous games and we will show that now. We do respect what they have done for women's football and how they grew the game. They were the ones who pulled all the other countries with them and we respect that very, very much."

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