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Republic of Ireland 4-0 Oman: Keane scores in farewell

Robbie Keane gives Irish fans a final showing of his trademark celebration after netting against Oman
Robbie Keane gives Irish fans a final showing of his trademark celebration after scoring against Oman

Robbie Keane ended his Republic of Ireland career in style by scoring in a 4-0 friendly win over Oman.

The first-half strike was typical Keane, an audacious flick and volley to move level with German legend Gerd Muller's record 68 international goals.

Keane received a rousing ovation when he was substituted after 56 minutes on his 146th and last Republic appearance.

Robbie Brady and Jonathan Walters (2) also scored in the warm-up before the World Cup qualifier against Serbia.

Walters was named man-of-the-match but the night belonged to skipper Keane as he retired after 18 years in international football.

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The LA Galaxy striker had an early shot blocked and then saw his lob land on top of the net before his low finish on 29 minutes.

That made it 2-0 after Brady's curling free-kick for the opener and the impressive Walters headed in before slotting home the fourth in the second half.

Keane told Eir Sport: "It was very tough - it was an emotional night for me.

"I just want to thank everyone who came along to support me and tell them that I've enjoyed every minute of my 18 years with the team.

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"Everyone wanted me to score and I'm delighted to finish off in this way.

"I look forward to now sitting back and watching the team as a fan."

Keane's goal tally leaves him joint fourth with Muller as Europe's best marksman in international football and behind Ferenc Puskas, Sandor Kocsis and Miroslav Klose.

Who impressed O'Neill?

Despite being a friendly against an limited Oman side ranked 107th in world, it as an energetic and flowing Irish display for boss Martin O'Neill to digest.

Serbia will offer tougher opposition on Monday in the Group D opener but Walters stood out in a central striker role, hitting the woodwork to go along with his two goals.

Marc Wilson and Harry Arter missed out on the Euro 2016 finals and they put in solid displays while Wes Hoolihan was creative as Keane's replacement.

Callum O'Dowda shone as a second-half substitute, his power and pace evident as he won just his second cap.

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Line-ups

R. of Ireland

  • 1WestwoodSubstituted forRandolphat 45'minutes
  • 15Christie
  • 25M WilsonBooked at 71mins
  • 3Clark
  • 19BradySubstituted forWardat 45'minutes
  • 6WhelanSubstituted forHendrickat 45'minutes
  • 22QuinnSubstituted forO'Dowdaat 65'minutes
  • 9LongSubstituted forMcCleanat 45'minutes
  • 24Arter
  • 14Walters
  • 10KeaneSubstituted forHoolahanat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Keogh
  • 11McClean
  • 12O'Dowda
  • 13Hendrick
  • 16Rogers
  • 17Ward
  • 18Meyler
  • 20Hoolahan
  • 21Murphy
  • 23Randolph
  • 26Pearce
  • 27McShane
  • 28O'Kane

Oman

  • 18Al-Rushaidi
  • 27Al MushaifriSubstituted forAl-Mukhainiat 45'minutes
  • 13Al-Mukhaini
  • 3Bait Mabrook
  • 15Raboh BaitSubstituted forAl Busaidiat 57'minutes
  • 7Al-HadhriSubstituted forAl Shuabiat 75'minutes
  • 11Al-Yahyaei
  • 23Al SaadiBooked at 50mins
  • 6Saleh
  • 14JoharSubstituted forAl Farsiat 57'minutes
  • 9Al MuqbaliSubstituted forAbdulsalamat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Al Rawari
  • 4Al Habsi
  • 5Al Shuabi
  • 8Al Farsi
  • 12Al-Maashari
  • 16Al Fazari
  • 17Al Busaidi
  • 19Al-Jalabubi
  • 20Al Yaqoubi
  • 21Al-Mukhaini
  • 22Al Alawi
  • 28Al Ghassani
  • 29Al Amri
  • 30Al Farsi
  • 31Abdulsalam
Referee:
Demetris Masias
Attendance:
27,000

Match Stats

Home TeamR. of IrelandAway TeamOman
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home20
Away2
Shots on Target
Home9
Away2
Corners
Home11
Away4
Fouls
Home17
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Republic of Ireland 4, Oman 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Republic of Ireland 4, Oman 0.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Ahmed Salim (Oman) because of an injury.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Nadir Awadh Bashir Bait Mabrook.

Substitution

Substitution, Oman. Saeed Abdulsalam replaces Abdulaziz Al Muqbali.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Walters (Republic of Ireland) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Faiz Al-Rushaidi.

Attempt saved. Wes Hoolahan (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Marc Wilson.

Foul by Marc Wilson (Republic of Ireland).

Abdulaziz Al Muqbali (Oman) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Oman. Conceded by Ciaran Clark.

Foul by Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland).

Raed Ibrahim (Oman) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. James McClean (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ciaran Clark.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Raed Ibrahim (Oman) because of an injury.

Foul by Stephen Ward (Republic of Ireland).

Husam Al Shuabi (Oman) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. James McClean (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. James McClean (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Wes Hoolahan (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Husam Al Shuabi (Oman).

Attempt saved. Harry Arter (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Faiz Al-Rushaidi.

Attempt saved. Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by James McClean.

Foul by James McClean (Republic of Ireland).

Salaah Al-Yahyaei (Oman) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Oman. Husam Al Shuabi replaces Hussain Al-Hadhri.

Ciaran Clark (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Abdulaziz Al Muqbali (Oman).

Booking

Marc Wilson (Republic of Ireland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Marc Wilson (Republic of Ireland).

Mataz Saleh Abd Raboh Bait (Oman) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Abdulaziz Al Muqbali.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Abdul Salam Amer.

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Callum O'Dowda replaces Stephen Quinn.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Raed Ibrahim.

Goal!

Goal! Republic of Ireland 4, Oman 0. Jonathan Walters (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Harry Arter.

Attempt saved. Jonathan Walters (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stephen Ward with a headed pass.

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