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07.06.2013 at 19:45 Aviva Stadium Attendance: 30805
Republic of Ireland 3 - 0 Faroe Islands
Referee: Mattias GESTRANIUS (FIN) World Cup Qualifier / Prog-match

Robbie Keane (5)
Robbie Keane (55)
Robbie Keane (81)
Opening squads
David Forde
Seamus Coleman
Marc Wilson
John O'Shea
Sean St Ledger
Glen Whelan
Wesley Hoolahan
Simon Cox
Aidan Mc Geady
Jon Walters
Robbie Keane
Gunnar Nielsen;
Jonhard Frederiksberg,
Atli Gregersen,
Rogvi Baldvinson,
Ari Mohr Johnsson;
Simun Samuelsen,
Heini Vandsdsal,
Christian Holst,
Suni Olsen,
Pol Johannus Justinusen;
Pall Klettskard,
Keiren Westwood
Darren Randolph
Darren O'Dea
Damien Delaney
Stephen Kelly
Richard Dunne
Paul Mc Shane
Jeff Hendrick
Stephen Quinn
James Mc Clean
Conor Sammon
Andrew Keogh
Jonas Naes;
Viljormur Davidsen;
Joan Edmundsson;
Atli Danielson;
Teitur Gestsson;
Hans Pauli Samuelsen;
Christian Mouritsen;
Hans Jorgensen.
Conor Sammon -> Jon Walters (74)
James Mc Clean -> Aidan Mc Geady (77)
Joan Simun Edmundsson for Klettskard 64 mins,
Hans Paul Samuelsen for Holst 84 mins;
Yellow cards
Wesley Hoolahan (73)
Hans Vatnsdal 44 mins,
Pol JUSTINUSSEN 70 mins;
Rogvi BALDVINSSON 86 mins
Red cards
None. None
Other statistics
0 Shots 0
0 Shots on goal 0
0 Offsides 0
0 Corner kicks 0
0 Free kicks 0
0 Penalties 0
Match report | Preview
Republic of Ireland 3 Faroe Islands 0

Stats: Robbie Keane becomes Ireland's most capped player with 126 caps

Skipper Robbie Keane marked his record-breaking 126th appearances for the Republic of Ireland by scoring a hat-trick in the win over the Faroe Islands at Aviva Stadium .

The goals bring his international tally up to 59 and keep Ireland firmly in the battle for second place in FIFA World Cup qualifying Group C on a night when Austria beat Sweden 2-1in Vienna

Ireland got off to a bright start and Aidan McGeady had an early chance following a short corner with Simon Cox but he dragged his shot wide after creating a good opening.

The home side took the lead after five minutes when Wes Hoolahan took possession in the middle and fed the ball out to Aiden McGeady on the left. His low cross was met first time by Keane and he steered a first time left-footed shot past Gunnar Nielsen for his 57th international goal.

Walters then had a half-chance to add second but Faroe's defender Jonhard Frederiksberg got across in time to make a great block.

Keane should have had a second on 26 minutes when a free kick off the training ground left the Irish skipper with only the keeper to beat but he couldn't squeeze the ball past Nielsen who then went to make three great saves fromWalters, Keane and McGeady to keep the visitors in the game.

McGeady, who ran the Faroe's ragged all night, then had a great run from inside his own half which ended with a cross that was taken off Keane's head by Baldvinson's timely interception.

That left it 1-0 at half-time and Ireland almost got the second half off to a great start when McGeady beat two men and crossed for a stretching Hoolahan who couldn't keep his header below the bar.

But the Norwich midfielder made amends in the 55th minute when he sliced the Faroes' defence with a brilliant pass to find the overlapping Seamus Coleman inside the box. Although his low first time cross evaded Walters it didn't miss Keane and the skipper turned it home for his second of the night.

McGeady then met a Simon Cox free kick from the right but his first time effort was straight at the keeper but Keane finally got the hat-trick the night was calling out for in the 81st minute when substitute James McClean fired in a low cross from the right corner which was controlled by another substitute Conor Sammon and he turned quickly to slip the ball inside for Keane to beat Nielsen from close range.

In the other game in Group C, Austria beat Sweden 2-1 with goals from David Alaba (penalty) and Marc Janko. Johan Elmander got the Swedish goal. The result leaves Austria on 11 points in second place on goal difference from Ireland with Sweden on eight points with a game in hand.

Ireland only picked up one yellow card, that a booking for Wes Hoolahan after 73 minutes for a tug on Christian Holst in the centre circle.

Ireland now head to New York to meet World and European champions Spain at 1am (Irish time) on Wednesday morning.

Republic of Ireland: David Forde; Seamus Coleman, John O'Shea, Sean St Ledger, Marc Wilson; Simon Cox, Glenn Whelan, Wes Hoolahan, Aiden McGeady (James McClean 77), Jonathon Walters (Conor Sammon 74), Robbie Keane (capt).

Faroe Islands: Gunnar Nielsen; Jonhard Frederiksberg, Atli Gregersen, Rogvi Baldvinson, Ari Mohr Johnsson; Simun Samuelsen, Heini Vandsdsal, Christian Holst (Hans Paul Samuelsen 84), Suni Olsen, Pol Johannus Justinusen; Pall Klettskard (Joan Simun Edmundsson 64).

Referee: Mattias Gestranius (Finland)
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