Robbie Keane retains belief that Republic of Ireland can qualify with result against Spain

The LA Galaxy striker has fired a warning to the European champions by stating that he believes his side can still qualify for latter stages despite their defeat to Croatia
Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane was defiant when asked about his side's chances of beating Spain, insisting the underdogs are confident that they can still qualify for the knockout phase.

The 31-year-old was disappointed with the performance as Ireland crashed to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Croatia in their Euro 2012 opener.

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However, when asked if they could spring a surprise and shock the Spaniards, Keane was more determined than ever to state they would go all out for the win.

He said: "Of course we do [believe we get can the result]," he said. "We shouldn't be here if that wasn't the case. We believe we can go into every game and win.

"Listen, we know it's going to be a tough task. They are one of the best teams in the world, but there's no reason why we can't play against them and get something out of the game.

"We certainly know that we are up against it, but listen, we still have belief in this squad that we can play against anybody and get a result.

"We go into every game hoping to get three points, so that would be our main aim.

"It's very difficult as a player to go into a game thinking that you just want to get a point. It's very hard to do that as a player and we will certainly go in hoping to get three points.

"But it wouldn't be the end of the world if we did get a point."