Callum Robinson scored a hat-trick as the Republic of Ireland won the back-to-back game for the first time since March 201, beating World Cup hosts Qatar 0-0.
Robinson, who set up a double-A-0 World Cup qualifier in Azerbaijan on Saturday, repeated that tactic in 1 minute at the Aviva Stadium and became the third Irish player within eight minutes of the resumption. Three times since Robbie Kane against Gibraltar in October 2011.
The West Brom striker, who found himself in the headlines last week that he had not been vaccinated against Covid-1 despite being tested positive for the virus twice, scored just one senior international goal before meeting his teammates this month.
Defender Shane Duffy helped himself to fourth as manager Stephen Kenny, who won just one of his first 16 games, celebrating his second victory in four days, although he was saddened to learn that his team would not be in Qatar when World Cup takes place next year. Will.
For Felix Sanchez, who lost 0-0 to Portugal over the weekend, it proved to be an unbeaten run as they struggled to gain international experience before the tournament, up to six matches with Republic keeper Keomhin Kleher. Save the note at the beginning of his first senior.
Ireland, down seven places from FIFA visitors, could not have started better as a team with five changes to the winning team in Baku.
Robinson, again the man who set the ball rolling, exchanged passes with Jamie McGrath and Connor Hourihan to loop out the unfortunate defender Basham Hisham Alrawi and overkeeper Meshal Barsham before taking his shot from the left.
The Qataris were still lamenting their misfortune when their night got worse in nine minutes when Karim Boudiaf’s inexperienced challenge in the McGrath scattered the midfielder inside the box and left Northern Irish referee Keith Kennedy with little option but to point the spot.
Robinson immediately grabbed the ball and confidently sent the keeper the wrong way that made it 2-0 in front of a crowd of 25,749 delighted reduced sales.
Shocked by the double push, Qatar slowly began to enter the game and captain Hassan al-Haydos drilled wide from 25 yards and walked 20 minutes.
However, as Hourihan and Jeff Hendrick gave the home side a midfield base and Matt Doherty and Anda Stevens expanded into space, they threatened to increase their advantage.
John Egan headed in from the corner in the th5th minute of Hourihan, but central defensive partner Duffy had to do his utmost to block the ball from Al-Haydos’ toe after Afif’s clever play.
With five minutes left in the half after Chiedozie Ogbene got his head on Robinson’s inviting cross, Barsham escaped from his crossbar, but Kenny’s men entered the break at half-time after well-done.
Cyrus Christie replaces Doherty before the resumption, who needed treatment before the break, but the pattern remained largely the same with Afif, but where it was not important and making Ireland look stronger.
They hit again in the 53rd minute when Robinson ran to Hendrick’s beautiful-heavy ball and slided a shot over Barsham’s frustrating dive and the keeper was lifting the ball out of his net for the fourth time within six minutes of Duffy Power. A high header home from the corner of Hourihane.
Hendrick drilled a shot in the 81st minute just as Ireland pressed the fifth ball, but they left the pitch rather than be satisfied with their night job.
Kenny: Robinson has something more to offer
Stephen Kenny Hopefully in-form striker Callum Robinson realizes how important he can be for the Republic of Ireland after scoring five goals in his last two games.
The manager said, “He’s very good in the group, he’s really polite, a really bubbly character with a lot of good points as a person.”
“But as a player he has more to give. He obviously missed a lot, which was tough, so now getting those five goals will give him real confidence next time, I hope.
“When we started identifying medium and long-term strategies for the team, one of the things we were looking at was
Doing, in the League of Nations in June, our ambition is to win the group.
We take the League of Nations very seriously with the determination to win the group because it gives you the Euro play-off.
“We can try to do that. That’s the ambition, that’s what I want to do and I think it’s realistic to do it.”
Qatar boss Felix Sanchez A devastator was left to mourn, from which his side never recovered.
He said: “It was definitely a tough game for us, of course, from the start. We conceded a very early goal and then we showed that we were not at the level we were hoping for today.
“But it’s football. We have to learn from our mistakes. When you’re playing at this level, you have to be at your top.
“We needed a good performance today and we couldn’t, so we have to keep working and try to fix what we did wrong in this game.”
- Ireland won their first domestic win in any competition since November 2019 (-1-1 vs New Zealand), finishing seven home game runs without a win (D5 L2).
- It was Ireland’s biggest win since beating Oman 0-0 in a friendly in August 2011.
- Callum Robinson became the first player since Robbie Kane to score 2+ goals in a row for the Republic of Ireland after Robbie Kane in June.
The Republic of Ireland will play their last two World Cup qualifiers next month. Sunday 1. They welcomed Portugal on Thursday, November 11, before heading to Luxembourg in November. Both games will be shown live on Sky Sports.