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Played
May 29, 2011 1:30 PM EDT
Aviva Stadium — Dublin
Referee:‬ M. Whitby‎
Attendance:‬ 17694‎
 
24′ Robbie Keane
 
Top of the Match
Stephen Kelly
Stephen Kelly
Ireland Republic
Seamus Coleman
Seamus Coleman
Ireland Republic
Flop of the Match
Allan McGregor
Allan McGregor
Scotland
Robbie Keane
Robbie Keane
Ireland Republic

Republic of Ireland 1-0 Scotland: Robbie Keane nets 49th international goal as unbeaten hosts seal victory in Home Nations Cup

The Spurs striker wins the game and the competition for the hosts after a tight match at the Aviva Stadium sees Craig Levein's visitors suffer a narrow defeat.

By Sam Bisby

Home Nation cup : Robbie Keane, Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland
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Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane scored the only goal against Scotland in what was effectively the final of the Home Nations Cup to see the hosts unbeaten throughout and win the competition.

The opening 45 minutes offered just a handful of clear-cut chances, with Phil Bardsley testing Shay Given with a well struck effort from 30 yards, but the Republic ‘keeper was able to touch it onto the bar. Keane put the Republic in the lead with a left foot stunner that travelled under the body of the diving Allan McGregor.

Scotland was given most of the ball in the second half the Republic just tried to see out the game. Kenny Miller could have had a penalty when he was brought down by Stephen Hunt, but the referee thought nothing of it.

Both sides started the game brightly, with neither shying away from showcasing an early attacking display. The hosts could have found the net if it weren’t for Scotland’s organized defense stopping Simon Cox’s run inside the box from being fruitful.

The visitors followed the chance up with one of their own, as Charlie Adam let loose with a powerful effort with his left foot that just went over Shay Given’s bar.

A majestic save from the Republic’s ‘keeper kept out an audacious attempt from Scotland’s Bardsley a quarter of an hour into the game. The long-range effort swerved and twisted through the air, but Given managed to get to full stretch to finger-tip it onto the bar.

The home side opened the scoring just after 20 minutes, with Keane getting his 49th goal for the Republic and leveling Bobby Charlton’s record for England in the process. A breakthrough down the middle by Paul McShane started the move, the defender slipping the ball to the striker for the striker to power forward to the edge of the box and smash the ball home, going under McGregor’s casual dive on the way through.


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Steven Naismith had a confident try at goal as the first half reached its concluding moments, Barry Robson pulling the ball back to the edge of the area for the striker to hit, but Given was allowed enough time to get down and make the save.

Scotland had a chance to equalize after Robson got the by-line on the right side of the Republic’s goal and placed a cross to the back post for Forrest, but the 19-year-old had to watch his slightly mishit touch go agonizingly wide of the net from six yards.

A big penalty shout for the visitors came after Kenny Miller was certain that Hunt had brought him down deep inside the Republic’s area and replays deemed the Scotsman’s argument fully justifiable, with the referee letting the Wolves midfielder off and leaving the Bursaspor striker livid.

The Republic dropped off towards the end of the game, allowing Scotland to take the reins and create the chances needed to win the game and the competition. Miller spurned the final full opportunity of the match after hitting a free shot wide of the post in the last moments.

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Ireland Republic

31
Shay Given
Goalkeeper
3.50
15
Paul McShane
Defender
42′
3.00
48
Darren O'Dea
Defender
66′
3.00
11
Stephen Ward
Defender
3.00
2
Stephen Kelly
Defender
3.50
17
Keith Andrews
Midfielder
92′
3.00
18
Stephen Hunt
Midfielder
2.50
7
Liam Lawrence
Midfielder
62′
2.00
8
Keith Fahey
Midfielder
48′
2.50
7
Robbie Keane
Striker
24′ 83′
3.50
-
Simon Cox
Striker
3.00

Scotland

2.50
1
Allan McGregor
Goalkeeper
3.00
3
3.00
16
3.50
2
3.00
31
3.00
13
Barry Robson
Midfielder
75′
3.00
8
Scott Brown
Midfielder
2.50
16
Charlie Adam
Midfielder
62′ 63′
3.00
49
James Forrest
Midfielder
85′
3.00
9
3.00
14

Substitutes

1
David Forde
Goalkeeper
0.00
16
0.00
32
Kevin Foley
Defender
66′ 73′
3.00
27
0.00
12
0.00
23
Seamus Coleman
Midfielder
62′
2.50
-
Keith Treacy
Midfielder
83′
0.00
17
Andy Keogh
Midfielder
0.00

Substitutes

0.00
12
Iain Turner
Goalkeeper
0.00
21
Matthew Gilks
Goalkeeper
0.00
5
0.00
2
0.00
22
0.00
16
James McArthur
Midfielder
3.00
46
Barry Bannan
Midfielder
63′
0.00
44
3.00
7

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Coach/Manager

0.00
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Results
Matchday 2
Times In EDT
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Robbie Keane Robbie Keane
Striker
LA Galaxy
3 1
Robert Earnshaw Robert Earnshaw
Striker
2 0
Kenny Miller Kenny Miller
Striker
Rangers
2 0
Damien Duff Damien Duff
Midfielder
Fulham
1 0
James Morrison James Morrison
Midfielder
West Bromwich Albion
1 0