Republic of Ireland finished fourth in their World Cup qualifying group after a low-key home victory over Kazakhstan.

A stunning strike from Dmitriy Shomko put the visitors ahead but the hosts hit back with a Robbie Keane penalty and John O'Shea's close-range finish.

Republic midfielder Darron Gibson was carried off with a knee injury before the Irish took control.

Shomko turned a cross into his own net as Noel King ended his brief stint as Republic interim boss with a win.

Keane does it again

Robbie Keane's 61st international goal sees him move up to joint 17th in the all-time international scorers list

King, who has stepped in following the sacking of Giovanni Trapattoni, made four changes from the 3-0 defeat by Germany including the return of skipper Keane and Andy Reid's first international appearance since 2008.

In front of a sparse Aviva Stadium crowd, the Kazakhs were first to threaten when Maksat Baizhanov beat keeper David Forde to a cross but the midfielder headed over.

It was brief reprieve for the Irish as Shomko, taking advantage of poor Seamus Coleman clearance, struck a superb angled shot into the net from 25 yards after 13 minutes.

But the Republic's response was impressive, Keane equalising from the spot three minutes later after Aleksandr Kislitsyn's clear handball from a Reid free-kick.

The hosts moved in front on 26 minutes, with keeper Andrei Sidelnikov failing to hold Richard Dunne's header from a Reid corner and O'Shea was perfectly placed to stab home his first international goal for 10 years.

World Cup Qualifying Group C

P W D L GD Pts

1. Germany

10

9

1

0

26

28

2. Sweden

10

6

2

2

5

20

3. Austria

10

5

2

3

10

17

4. Rep. of Ireland

10

4

2

4

-1

14

5. Kazakhstan

10

1

2

7

-15

5

6. Faroe Islands

10

0

1

9

-25

1

Everton midfielder Gibson left the field off eight minutes from the break with suspected knee ligament damage after landing awkwardly when making a tackle.

The Republic dominated the opening stages of the second half without turning their possession into clear-cut chances.

Glenn Whelan, who replaced the injured Gibson, saw his 25-yard volley fly just wide after 59 minutes.

Kazakhstan rarely threatened although Igor Yurin flashed a long-range effort wide before Reid spotted Sidelnikov off his line and attempted an audacious 35-yard chip which found the roof of the net.

Aiden McGeady set up Ireland's third on 77 minutes, the substitute bursting into the box and Shomko, Kazakhstan's scorer, turned the ball into his own net as he attempted to clear the winger's low cross with Keane ready to pounce.

The Republic started and finished the campaign with victory over the Kazakhs, but it was poor results in between, particularly a hammering by Germany and two defeats in five days last month, which ended their hopes of making the finals and also resulted in the departure of manager Trapattoni.

A new manager will be place well before the Euro 2016 qualifiers with former Republic boss Mick McCarthy and Martin O'Neill among the contenders.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Republic of Ireland

  • 01 Forde
  • 02 Coleman
  • 03 Wilson
  • 14 Gibson (Whelan - 37' )
  • 18 Dunne
  • 05 O'Shea
  • 21 Doyle
  • 08 McCarthy
  • 10 Keane
  • 19 Reid (McGeady - 75' )
  • 13 Stokes (Hoolahan - 87' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Clark
  • 06 Whelan
  • 07 McGeady
  • 09 Long
  • 11 McClean
  • 12 Kelly
  • 15 Green
  • 16 Elliot
  • 17 Delaney
  • 20 Hoolahan
  • 22 O'Brien
  • 23 Henderson

Kazakhstan

  • 22 Sidelnikov
  • 14 Engel
  • 05 Kislitsyn Booked (Finonchenko - 32' )
  • 04 Karpovich (Shabalin - 84' )
  • 02 Gorman
  • 08 Dmitrenko
  • 09 Shchetkin (Yurin - 61' )
  • 15 Baizhanov
  • 20 Khizhnichenko
  • 21 Korobkin
  • 18 Shomko

Substitutes

  • 01 Mokin
  • 03 Muldarov
  • 07 Yurin
  • 10 Zhumaskaliyev
  • 13 Shabalin
  • 16 Finonchenko
  • 17 Akhmetov
  • 19 Bogdanov
  • 23 Logvinenko
Ref: Vadims Direktorenko

Match Stats

Shots

16 9

On target

6 2

Corners

9 2

Fouls

11 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Republic of Ireland 3, Kazakhstan 1.

90:00 +2:01 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Republic of Ireland 3, Kazakhstan 1.

90:00 +1:27

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Konstantin Engel.

90:00 +1:03

Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:03

Foul by Pavel Shabalin (Kazakhstan).

90:00 +0:43

Foul by Kevin Doyle (Republic of Ireland).

90:00 +0:43

Dmitriy Shomko (Kazakhstan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:07

John O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:07

Foul by Pavel Shabalin (Kazakhstan).

89:13

Foul by Richard Dunne (Republic of Ireland).

89:13

Maxat Baizhanov (Kazakhstan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

86:58

Attempt saved. Igor Yurin (Kazakhstan) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

86:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Wes Hoolahan replaces Anthony Stokes.

85:47

Foul by Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland).

85:47

Valeri Korobkin (Kazakhstan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Kazakhstan. Pavel Shabalin replaces Andrey Karpovich.

82:03

Attempt blocked. Andrey Finonchenko (Kazakhstan) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

81:32

Corner, Kazakhstan. Conceded by Richard Dunne.

80:34

Attempt blocked. Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Stokes.

79:25

Foul by Kevin Doyle (Republic of Ireland).

79:25

Dmitriy Shomko (Kazakhstan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:26

Offside, Republic of Ireland. Anthony Stokes tries a through ball, but Seamus Coleman is caught offside.

76:39 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Dmitriy Shomko, Kazakhstan. Republic of Ireland 3, Kazakhstan 1.

76:00

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Konstantin Engel.

75:40

Kevin Doyle (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:40

Foul by Valeri Korobkin (Kazakhstan).

74:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Aiden McGeady replaces Andy Reid.

74:33

Offside, Kazakhstan. Andrey Sidelnikov tries a through ball, but Sergei Khizhnichenko is caught offside.

74:09

Attempt saved. Andy Reid (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Robbie Keane.

67:50

Attempt missed. Dmitriy Shomko (Kazakhstan) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Andrey Karpovich following a set piece situation.

67:26

Foul by Glenn Whelan (Republic of Ireland).

67:26

Andrey Finonchenko (Kazakhstan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:35

Attempt missed. Andy Reid (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

63:19

Attempt saved. Anthony Stokes (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marc Wilson.

62:01

Attempt missed. Igor Yurin (Kazakhstan) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Maxat Baizhanov.

60:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Kazakhstan. Igor Yurin replaces Aleksey Shchetkin.

60:28

Attempt missed. Marc Wilson (Republic of Ireland) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Andy Reid with a cross following a corner.

59:54

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Konstantin Engel.

58:21

Attempt missed. Glenn Whelan (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

57:58

Offside, Kazakhstan. Mark Gorman tries a through ball, but Aleksey Shchetkin is caught offside.

57:20

Attempt blocked. Kevin Doyle (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andy Reid with a cross.

56:48

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Mark Gorman.

54:23

Andy Reid (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:23

Foul by Valeri Korobkin (Kazakhstan).

53:01

Foul by James McCarthy (Republic of Ireland).

53:01

Andrey Karpovich (Kazakhstan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:29

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Sergei Khizhnichenko.

52:24

Attempt blocked. Andy Reid (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James McCarthy.

52:11

Hand ball by Sergei Khizhnichenko (Kazakhstan).

49:37

Marc Wilson (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:37

Dangerous play by Aleksey Shchetkin (Kazakhstan).

45:20

Attempt missed. Robbie Keane (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Richard Dunne.

45:00

Second Half begins Republic of Ireland 2, Kazakhstan 1.

45:00 +3:57 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Republic of Ireland 2, Kazakhstan 1.

45:00 +2:48

Foul by Marc Wilson (Republic of Ireland).

45:00 +2:48

Maxat Baizhanov (Kazakhstan) wins a free kick on the right wing.

44:22

Foul by Kevin Doyle (Republic of Ireland).

44:22

Dmitriy Shomko (Kazakhstan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:25

Seamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:25

Foul by Maxat Baizhanov (Kazakhstan).

42:05

Attempt blocked. Dmitriy Shomko (Kazakhstan) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Valeri Korobkin.

40:16

Foul by Marc Wilson (Republic of Ireland).

40:16

Andrey Finonchenko (Kazakhstan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Glenn Whelan replaces Darron Gibson because of an injury.

36:28

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

33:56

Delay in match Darron Gibson (Republic of Ireland) because of an injury.

32:40

Kevin Doyle (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:40

Foul by Valeri Korobkin (Kazakhstan).

32:11

Foul by Robbie Keane (Republic of Ireland).

32:11

Viktor Dmitrenko (Kazakhstan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:43

Attempt missed. Maxat Baizhanov (Kazakhstan) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dmitriy Shomko with a cross following a corner.

31:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Kazakhstan. Andrey Finonchenko replaces Aleksandr Kislitsyn because of an injury.

30:40

Corner, Kazakhstan. Conceded by Marc Wilson.

29:30

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

29:10

Delay in match Aleksandr Kislitsyn (Kazakhstan) because of an injury.

25:34 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Republic of Ireland 2, Kazakhstan 1. John O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner following a corner.

25:33

Attempt saved. Richard Dunne (Republic of Ireland) header from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Andy Reid with a cross.

25:10

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Mark Gorman.

23:44

Kevin Doyle (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:44

Foul by Aleksandr Kislitsyn (Kazakhstan).

20:19

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Mark Gorman.

16:03 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Republic of Ireland 1, Kazakhstan 1. Robbie Keane (Republic of Ireland) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

15:40 Booking

Booking Aleksandr Kislitsyn (Kazakhstan) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

15:26

Penalty conceded by Aleksandr Kislitsyn (Kazakhstan) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

14:41

Anthony Stokes (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

14:41

Foul by Konstantin Engel (Kazakhstan).

14:13

Attempt missed. Darron Gibson (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

12:29 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Republic of Ireland 0, Kazakhstan 1. Dmitriy Shomko (Kazakhstan) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Valeri Korobkin.

11:39

Attempt missed. Seamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by John O'Shea.

10:41

Foul by Richard Dunne (Republic of Ireland).

10:41

Mark Gorman (Kazakhstan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:16

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Viktor Dmitrenko.

9:22

Attempt missed. Maxat Baizhanov (Kazakhstan) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Dmitriy Shomko with a cross.

9:14

Attempt blocked. Aleksey Shchetkin (Kazakhstan) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

8:14

Attempt saved. Robbie Keane (Republic of Ireland) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andy Reid with a cross.

7:57

Kevin Doyle (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

7:57

Foul by Andrey Karpovich (Kazakhstan).

5:45

Attempt blocked. Andy Reid (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin Doyle.

4:54

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Aleksandr Kislitsyn.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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