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The Republic of Ireland captain scored two penalties in Galaxy's last-minute victory over Columbus Crew and warned defenders to be more careful in the box

Robbie Keane scored two goals to ensure his side picked up three points against Columbus Crew on Thursday, July 4 at the StubHub Centre.

The game ended on a controversial note as two penalties were awarded to the home side in the last five minutes for dubious fouls in the box. Columbus took the lead through Bernardo Anor, whose header found the net after 78 minutes. However, the lead did not last long and Galaxy found an equaliser seven minutes later when a penalty was awarded for a foul on Jose Villareal. Robbie Keane stepped up to score from the spot.

Galaxy snatched a win in the dying moments of the game from another penalty, this time awarded for a soft foul on Keane by Columbus goalscorer Anor, and the Republic of Ireland captain sent the ball into the bottom right corner to ensure the victory.

Speaking after the game, Keane responded to questions about how the second penalty was won and, in a tacit admission, he suggested that a player will "fall over" in the box if brushed by an opponent.

"I'm looking at the ball and someone comes into the back of me. If someone runs into the back of you without you knowing the fact is you're going to fall over," the striker told reporters.

"I didn't see him behind me when I wanted to take the ball down and he just ran into me. When you're in the penalty box you obviously have to be very careful."

LA Galaxy manager Bruce Arena admitted that his side had been "fortunate" to win the second penalty and conceded that Columbus Crew would probably feel "a little disappointed".

"The second one, we might have been fortunate on," he said. "I haven't seen them on tape. The first one I think Jose was taken down, but I think there wasn't any of them you could say 100 percent penalty.

"The Crew is going to feel a little disappointed, for sure."

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