European Championship Qualifying - Group D
R. of IrelandRepublic of Ireland7GibraltarGibraltar0

Euro 2016 qualifier: Republic of Ireland 7-0 Gibraltar

Robbie Keane scored his third goal from the penalty spot
Robbie Keane completed his third international hat-trick by scoring an 18th-minute penalty
  • Keane scores his third Republic hat-trick
  • Gibraltar playing only their seventh international
  • Germany, Poland, Scotland and Georgia also in Group D
  • Gibraltar included only two full-time players

Robbie Keane's hat-trick helped the Republic of Ireland crush Gibraltar in their Euro 2016 qualifier in Dublin.

Keane completed his hat-trick with an 18th-minute penalty after Wes Hoolahan had set up his first two strikes.

After the break, two James McClean goals came either side of an own goal from Gibraltar keeper Jordan Perez.

The outstanding Hoolahan walked in the seventh before the hour as the Republic's goals tally fell one short of a record 8-0 win over Malta in 1983.

The result was Gibraltar's second successive 7-0 hammering in Group D after last month's defeat by Poland in their adopted Portuguese home venue of Faro, in what was the first competitive fixture in their history.

Republic of Ireland's record international win
The Republic's biggest international win was 8-0 against Malta in a European Championship qualifier at Dalymount Park in 1983 when Mark Lawrenson (two), Liam Brady (two), Frank Stapleton, Kevin O'Callaghan, Kevin Sheedy and Gerry Daly were the goal-scorers

Keane's hat-trick brought his international goals tally to 65 in 136 matches and means he becomes the top scorer in European Championship qualifying history.

The LA Galaxy striker has now notched 21 goals in European qualifiers, one ahead of former Turkey striker Hakan Sukur.

With Aiden McGeady's two goals having helped the Republic get their campaign off to a winning start in Georgia last month, they will travel to Group D favourites Germany on Tuesday with maximum six points from their opening two games.

Keane and his team-mates will face a completely different proposition in the world champions, but while Gibraltar were woeful opposition, the Republic's display should give them confidence for the Gelsenkirchen test.

Once Hoolahan had added the seventh goal, the Republic performance dipped in the final half-hour after both he and skipper Keane were substituted.

Record-breaker Robbie Keane lauds 'spot-on' Republic attitude

Late on, Republic keeper David Forde even had to make a point-blank save to turn a powerful Roy Chipolina header over the crossbar for a corner.

But the goals tally still delighted manager Martin O'Neill, who saw his team making headlines on the field after the build-up to the match had been dominated by the launch of his assistant Roy Keane's latest autobiography.

The hosts played with urgency from the off and it took only four minutes for the opening goal to arrive as Hoolahan's gorgeous angled pass found a charging McGeady who squared for Keane to net from close range.

Gibraltar keeper Perez, whose day job is being a fire fighter, made a great point-blank save to deny McClean but could do nothing as Hoolahan set up Keane for his second goal on 14 minutes.

And Keane completed his hat-trick four minutes later after Perez felled the Norwich playmaker in the box.

McClean slid in the fourth a minute after the restart, set up by Keane who had waltzed his way through the Gibraltar defence.

Hapless keeper Perez deflected in the fifth goal on 51 minutes and McClean's second of the night was soon followed by Hoolahan strolling through to score the seventh.

Wes Hoolahan must now be in strong contention to start on Tuesday against Germany
Martin O'Neill embraces man of the match Wes Hoolahan after substituting the Norwich man
James McClean celebrates after scoring the first of his two goals in Saturday's game
James McClean's two goals capped a fine performance by the Wigan player
A shaven Roy Keane watches Saturday's action at the Aviva Stadium
The Republic's build-up to the match had been over-shadowed by the launch of Roy Keane's latest book
The Republic's fifth goal was an own goal from Gibraltar keeper Jordan Perez
Gibraltar keeper Jordan Perez shows his dejection after his own goal as Jeff Hendrick looks on

Line-ups

R. of Ireland

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Forde
  • 12Meyler
  • 4O'Shea
  • 3Wilson
  • 2WardSubstituted forBradyat 70'minutes
  • 7McGeady
  • 8Hendrick
  • 14Gibson
  • 11McClean
  • 20HoolahanSubstituted forDoyleat 64'minutes
  • 10KeaneSubstituted forMurphyat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Clark
  • 6Whelan
  • 9Long
  • 13Pilkington
  • 15Stokes
  • 16Elliot
  • 17Brady
  • 18Quinn
  • 19Walters
  • 21Murphy
  • 22Doyle
  • 23Westwood

Gibraltar

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1PerezSubstituted forRobbaat 60'minutes
  • 2Wiseman
  • 6ChipolinaSubstituted forSantosat 58'minutes
  • 5Casciaro
  • 3Chipolina
  • 8BadoSubstituted forGuilingat 45'minutes
  • 19Payas
  • 16Perez
  • 10Walker
  • 11Gosling
  • 7Casciaro

Substitutes

  • 4Artell
  • 9Casciaro
  • 12Lopez
  • 13Robba
  • 14Sergeant
  • 15Priestley
  • 17Bosio
  • 18Santos
  • 20Garcia
  • 21Guiling
  • 22Hernandez
  • 23Coleing
Referee:
Leontios Trattou

Match Stats

Home TeamR. of IrelandAway TeamGibraltar
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home24
Away4
Shots on Target
Home16
Away2
Corners
Home10
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Republic of Ireland 7, Gibraltar 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Republic of Ireland 7, Gibraltar 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Joseph Chipolina.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Robbie Brady with a cross.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Corner, Gibraltar. Conceded by James McClean.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lee Casciaro (Gibraltar) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Robert Guiling.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Daryl Murphy (Republic of Ireland) header from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Robbie Brady with a cross.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Joseph Chipolina.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Marc Wilson (Republic of Ireland).

  11. Post update

    Lee Casciaro (Gibraltar) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Joseph Chipolina (Gibraltar).

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daryl Murphy (Republic of Ireland) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Robbie Brady with a cross following a corner.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Aaron Payas.

  16. Post update

    Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Joseph Chipolina (Gibraltar).

  18. Post update

    Corner, Gibraltar. Conceded by John O'Shea.

  19. Post update

    Dangerous play by Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland).

  20. Post update

    Aaron Payas (Gibraltar) wins a free kick in the defensive half.