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Republic of Ireland
WC Qualification Europe
June 7, 2013
• Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Referee: M. Gestranius
• Attendance: 30805
Republic of Ireland
R. Keane 5', 56', 81'
Thanks very much for reading. I've been Ronan Murphy, and we hope you enjoyed Ireland's 3-0 win over the Faroe Islands with us.
Full-time in Vienna as well. Austria 2-1 Sweden. That result sees Ireland sitting in third place on 11 points, behind Austria on goal difference.
Jonas Elmander has gotten one back for Sweden. It's into stoppage time in Vienna.
Full-time at the Aviva Stadium. Comfortable win for Ireland, with Robbie Keane getting all the plaudits with a hat-trick.
Three minutes to be added on.
Ireland trying to find a fourth, but the Faroes haven't rolled over, and are still trying to get the ball forward.
Yellow Card Rógvi Baldvinsson
Christian Lamhauge Holst
Hans Pauli Samuelsen
Simon Cox does well to find space after another short corner, but his shot rises over after taking it with his weak foot.
Assist Conor Sammon
Goal Robbie Keane
Robbie Keane marks his record Irish appearance with a hat-trick after fantastic work by James McClean and Conor Sammon.
Faroe Islands with a rare chance, Olsen's free-kick is headed over with Forde out of position.
Yellow Card Wesley Hoolahan
Ireland's first change sees the hard-working Walters replaced by another big man, Conor Sammon.
Yellow Card Pól Jóhannus Justinussen
McGeady in space from another free-kick, but the ball bounces up into Nielsen's hands.
Coleman and Hoolahan trying to carve out an opening, before the Everton full-back gets away from his man to cross, but it's headed out for another corner.
Cox breaks well down the wing, collecting a long ball, but there's no green shirts in the box when he crosses.
Forde does well to collect the corner as the Faroes make the first change of the evening.
Faroe Islands' launch a free-kick into the area, which is headed out for their first corner of the evening.
An hour gone in Vienna, where Austria still lead Sweden 2-0.
Ireland haven't threatened from corners in this match, especially after causing plenty of problems against Georgia on Sunday with James McClean on set-piece duty.
Hoolahan finds McGeady with a great cross-field pass. The winger does well to find space for a cross, and win another Irish corner.
Assist Seamus Coleman
Goal Robbie Keane
Hoolahan puts the ball out for Coleman, who centres a low ball, which is met by the sliding Keane to double Ireland's lead.
Mix-up between McGeady and Wilson out wide, allowing the Faroes to break, but Samuelsen skies his shot.
Lovely control from Walters in the area, but he doesn't see Keane getting into a good position in the middle. Ireland more urgent this half.
Whelan overhits his through ball for Keane, with the captain through on goal.
McGeady beats two defenders before putting in a good ball which Hoolahan heads over.
High-ball headed away from St Ledger, but the Faroes call for a penalty as Holst goes down in the box.
No changes for either side. And the second-half kicks off.
Teams coming back out for the second-half. Can Ireland add to their one goal lead?
Scotland are 1-0 up in Croatia, thanks to a Robert Snodgrass goal. Into the 60th minute there.
It's also half-time in Vienna, where Austria lead Sweden 2-0.
Referee blows for half-time. Ireland lacking the required urgency to put the game beyond doubt.
Yellow Card Heini Vatnsdal
Debutant Vatnsdal goes into the book for a foul on Walters.
First shot from the visitors. But Holst's effort doesn't test Forde.
Ireland keeping the ball well, but failing to find that killer pass at the moment.
Breathtaking run from McGeady down the left, his ball in barely evades Keane and wins a corner. Much better cross from the Spartak winger.
Another few corners come to nothing as Ireland fail to test Nielsen.
McGeady involved again, cutting inside, and forcing Nielsen to get down to save.
McGeady's dinked cross comes out to Keane, who hits it well, but it's an even better save from Nielsen.
Marc Janko puts Austria 2-0 up against Sweden.
Keane breaks through the defence, but Jon Walters' pass is cut out just in time.
Austria have taken the lead through a David Alaba penalty.
Clever free-kick is worked into Keane, but Nielsen does well to deny the striker a second goal.
Ireland win a free-kick in a dangerous position.
Still scoreless in Vienna, as Austria host Sweden.
McGeady's corner is punched clear by Nielsen, but with Sean St Ledger retrieving the ball, play is stopped as Vandsal is down clutching his head.
Fantastic passage of play from Ireland trying to work an opening, and Marc Wilson wins a corner.
Some good play from Whelan and Cox around the area, but Ireland trying to overplay it into the Faroes box, with the visitors defending in numbers.
McGeady beats his man with a great bit of skill, but his cross in was very poor.
McGeady delivers the ball in after some fine footwork from Wilson, Robbie Keane is looking for a penalty after feeling pressure from Justinussen, but the referee isn't interested.
Ireland with 71% of the possession so far, keeping the ball on the ground, and passing well, with Wes Hoolahan and Aiden McGeady looking lively.
Austria and Sweden are currently scoreless after 13 minutes in the other Group C game.
Simon Cox makes a great tackle, before putting the ball in for Keane, who touches it on for Walters, but Frederiksberg is quick to close him down.
David Forde with his first touch after a long-ball in from Frederiksberg.
The Faroes break as Holst puts the ball wide to Justinussen, but he can't beat the first man.
McGeady delivers in another dangerous cross, causing more problems in the Faroes box before being cleared to safety.
McGeady's cross is headed clear after another short corner. It falls to Glenn Whelan, whose shot sails over.
Simon Cox's cross is cleared by Frederiksberg, but not far enough, and Ireland get another corner.
Assist Aiden McGeady
Goal Robbie Keane
Wes Hoolahan feeds Aiden McGeady, whose cut-back is perfect for Robbie Keane, who takes his international tally to 57 goals.
Aiden McGeady takes it short to Simon Cox, before the winger runs into the box, but drags his shot well wide.
Jon Walters does excellently to get onto Marc Wilson's long-ball and win a corner.
Early offside call against the Faroes as the Irish back four pushes up.
The Faroe Islands kick-off, and we're underway.
Wes Hoolahan gets his first start for Ireland, while there are two debutants in the Faroe Islands side. Páll Klettskarð gets the nod up front, while 21-year-old Heini Vatnsdal starts in midfield.
Faroes lineup: Nielsen, Jonsson, Justinusen, Frederiksberg, Baldvinson; Gregersen, Vandsdal, Samuelsen, Olsen; Holst, Klettskaro.
Ireland lineup for tonight: Forde, Coleman, O'Shea, St. Ledger, Wilson, Whelan, Hoolahan, McGeady, Walters, Keane, Cox.
The Anthems are underway at a half-full Aviva Stadium. Not a great atmosphere yet, but maybe the football will liven the few fans who have turned out on this gorgeous evening.
The teams are on the pitch, with Robbie Keane captaining Ireland on his record 126th appearance.
The Boys in Green have impressed in recent friendlies against England and Georgia, but are back in competitive action in World Cup Qualifying Group C. Meanwhile, Austria host Sweden in tonight's other Group C tie.
Welcome to Goal's live commentary of the Republic of Ireland against the Faroe Islands at the Aviva Stadium.
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