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Mixed fortunes for LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane who scored before being sent off in Concacaf Champions League

The Ireland skipper scored and was later sent off as the MLS side recorded a 5-2 victory over Isidro Metapán in the Concacaf Champions League

Ireland captain Robbie Keane was bizarrely sent off for LA Galaxy on Thursday night as they defeated El Salvador's Isidro Metapán 5-2 in Group 5 of the Concacaf Champions League.

Keane scored Galaxy's second goal of the night, heading in a David Beckham cross as the MLS champions took a 3-1 half-time lead. The second half saw Mexican referee Jose Peñaloza Soto make a number of strange decisions, including the sending off of LA captain Robbie Keane.

The Irishman went to ground on the edge of the penalty area after contact with a Isidro defender, but Penaloza booked Keane for diving. The striker quickly rose to his feet and was signalling to the bench about making a change when Penaloza issued a second yellow card, ordering Keane off the field.

Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena was puzzled as to why his temporary captain was sent off. "The referee missed the call," Arena told the club's official website. "And, typical, we've seen in these competitions, the referees think they're bigger than the game itself. And they've got to put themselves ahead of everything.

"I don't know, Robbie spoke, said something, whatever. But when a referee misses a call like that, he's got to be big enough to kind of ignore it and let the game go on."

Despite playing the last 20 minutes a man down, LA Galaxy side won the game 5-2, but most of the talk after the game was about the referee, who also booked substitute Michael Stephens before he even took to the pitch.

"It’s crazy that a professional referee would come out and want to take over a game like that,” defender Todd Dunivant said after the match. “It’s about the guys on the field, it’s not about the guys in the stripes. It blows your mind when things like that happen. There was a lot of frustration on our part with that, and we’ve got to learn from it and on move on.”

Unless the team protest the sending off, Keane will be suspended for the Galaxy’s Champions League game next Wednesday night against the Puerto Rico Islanders.

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