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C. Robinson (4)
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C. Robinson (53)
S. Duffy (59)
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That's all for now though, goodbye!
This makes it two wins from two for Ireland who continue to improve under Stephen Kenny following a difficult start to his tenure. Qatar, meanwhile, continue to flounder as they prepare for the World Cup.
Robinson's brilliant hattrick leads Ireland to a 4-0 win over Qatar. It was an emphatic win for Ireland and they got to work quickly. Robinson's deflected strike got the ball rolling on four minutes. From there, the hosts didn't look back. Robinson doubled their advantage from the spot 10 minutes later and he completed his hattrick in the second half with a neat finish after Hendrick had set him through on goal. Duffy later put a flourish on the scoreline to make it 4-0 with a header as Ireland cruised to a much-deserved win.
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FULL TIME: Republic of Ireland 4-0 Qatar
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Hendrick lines up another strike from distance, but his low effort is easily saved by Barsham.
Two minutes of stoppage time are added on.
In the second, Hourihane departs with Arter taking his place.
Two more changes for Ireland. In the first, McGrath is replaced by James Collins.
Qatar are finally shown a yellow card as Madibo hacks McGrath down to stop a breakaway.
Qatar patiently work it down the left flank, where Hassan finds space to cross. His delivery is easily cleared by Collins inside the six-yard box though.
Close! Stevens hassles Al Rawi into a poor clearance and he knocks it straight to Hendrick. The midfielder proceeds to drive towards the edge of the box before rifling a vicious strike narrowly over!
Christie gets into a dangerous position down the right flank, before teasing in a dangerous cross towards Parrott that Al Rawi knocks behind. Omobamidele is penalised for a foul from the resulting corner though.
Robinson also receives a standing ovation as he walks off. He'll be replaced in attack by Parrott.
Two more changes for Ireland. The first sees Duffy make way for Nathan Collins following a superb display, capped off with a fine goal.
Ireland have slowed the game down after playing much of the game with real intensity.
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For the second change, Ali comes off for Al Aaeldin.
Two changes for Qatar: the first sees Hatim make way for Madibo in midfield.
Al Haydos breaks away in midfield and looks to slip Ali through on goal, but Duffy lunges to cut out the throughball. He's had another superb game, following his resurgent start to the season domestically with Brighton.
Ogbene makes way for Knight following a superb attacking performance.
Ireland knock the ball confidently around the halfway line to the delight of the home fans.
Qatar win a corner. Afif attempts to pick out Miguel on the edge of the box, but the hosts are alive to the danger and clear.
Qatar have been poor tonight. They've been completely overpowered by Ireland and the 4-0 scoreline is entirely fair. This does not bode well at all for the upcoming World Cup.
Chance! Ireland break away again — this time through Ogbene down the right flank. The attacker races towards the box, before attempting to pick out Robinson for a tap-in, but Salman stretches to cut it out.
Ireland have looked threatening from every set-piece tonight, and they've finally capitalised. It was an accurate delivery from Hourihane, who picked out the run of Duffy, before the defender applied an easy finish.
Duffy makes it 4-0! He's deserved that goal today. Hourihane whips in a dangerous delivery towards the back post from a corner, and Duffy cruises in unmarked to plant a powerful header beyond Barsham!
Robinson brings down Hendrick's long ball with a delightful touch, before knocking it off Al Rawi to win a corner.
This has been superb from Ireland so far, and they'll be wondering if they can make the scoreline look even more handsome by full-time!
It's five goals in two games all of a sudden for Robinson! He's in a rich vein of form right now and has become the first Ireland player to score in consecutive games since Johnathan Walters in 2017.
It was a lovely throughball from Hendrick to release Robinson, but you have to credit Duffy too. He managed to create a diversion inside the box, creating the space for Robinson to get through on goal and finish from eight yards.
ROBINSON HATTRICK! 3-0! It's a wonderful move from Ireland, as Duffy wanders out of defence before feeding Hendrick. The defender continues his run off the ball into the box and draws Salman away from Robinson, allowing Hendrick to send Robinson clear with a threaded pass. Robinson keeps his cool and rolls a neat finish across Barsham and in from a tight angle!
Al Rawi trips Robinson and in the process concedes his third foul of the game. The referee seems to suggest that this is his final warning. Thanks to the lenient interpretation of the rules used in friendlies, Qatar are stopping Ireland's counter-attacks.
McGrath whips in another corner for the hosts, but it's immediately halted as the referee blows up for a foul by Duffy.
Robinson jinks dangerously inside from the left flank again, before winding up to fire another shot from distance. However, Miguel reads the situation and muscles the attacker off the ball.
Afif takes on Omobamidele before darting inside and whipping in a cross that Duffy hooks away.
Ireland kick off the second half.
Doherty — after picking up a knock in the first half — is replaced by Christie.
Ireland seem to be riding the crest of a wave currently, and they'll be aiming to continue this with more goals in the second half.
Ireland hold a 2-0 lead at the break following Robinson's double. The hosts made a fast start and caught Qatar out with their intensity. First, Robinson's confident 25-yard strike deflected off Al Rawi before nestling in the top corner. And Robinson quickly doubled his - and Ireland's - tally from the spot, after McGrath was tripped by Al Rawi. From there, the game slowed following a succession of small injuries, but Ireland still looked the more likely side to get the next goal. Qatar have a lot of work to do to draw level in the second 45.
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HALF TIME: Republic of Ireland 2-0 Qatar
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Two minutes of stoppage time are added on.
Afif leads an exciting two-on-two for Qatar, before releasing Ali. Omobamidele anticipates the danger, though, and rushes across to slide in and snatch possession away from the attacker.
Afif lays it off for Al Haydos, who looks all set to strike it from 20 yards. However, McGrath recovers to track back and knock it away from the midfielder just in time.
Ireland pour forward in search of a third. This time, though, Hassan heads McGrath's delivery clear.
Off the bar! Robinson puts in a wicked cross for Ogbene, who gets to it first after deceiving Salman with some neat movement! His header loops over Barsham before bouncing back off the bar!
Qatar hit Ireland on the break. After a mistake from Doherty, Afif races forward before releasing Al Haydos. The midfielder dribbles towards the byline until Duffy comes across to knock it behind. The resulting set-piece is worked short, but it comes to nothing.
Chance! Stevens swings a corner into the six-yard box. Duffy, Egan and Omobamidele all converge to try and head it in, but the combination of the three sends the ball narrowly over the bar.
Hendrick searches for Robinson with a deep cross, but Salman leaps to head it clear.
Al Rawi is down injured again, but it looks like he'll continue to try and run this off. This game has lost its rhythm following a spate of minor injuries.
Doherty is the next man to receive treatment as the game pauses again. He's since returned to the game, but he still looks to be affected by the knock.
Qatar continue to work passes around the centre-circle, but they're struggling to make inroads against this packed Ireland defence.
Hendrick and Doherty play a clever one-two, before Doherty's cross is turned behind by Al Rawi. McGrath whips in the resulting set-piece but it's cleared easily by Miguel.
Qatar have settled into the game finally. They're beginning to string some attacks together and make progress into the Ireland half.
Al Haydos drives through the Ireland midfield before skewing a speculative strike wide from 25 yards.
Al Rawi now requires treatment, but after a brief delay he's okay to continue.
Ireland take a breather after their fast start with a long spell of possession inside their own half.
What a start from Ireland! They drew 1-1 with Qatar earlier in the year, but already look like much the better side today.
And Robinson gets his second! 2-0! Robinson steps up confidently and sends Barsham the wrong way before casually rolling his shot into the bottom left corner!
Penalty to Ireland! McGrath drives into the box from the left wing, and just as he enters the area he's tripped by Al Rawi! The referee shows no hesitation and points to the spot.
Chance! Ogbene gets to the byline and pulls it back towards the near post where McGrath awaits! However, the attacker can't quite stretch to meet the cross and Qatar clear.
Ireland are pressing high up the pitch right now. Hassan slices it out of play after being hassled by Doherty.
Ireland have started with real intensity. Even before the goal, they looked determined to get at Qatar and so far they've delivered!
Ahmed pulls up off the ball, but after a brief delay for treatment, it looks as though he'll be okay to continue.
It was a neat first-time pass from Hourihane to find Robinson in space, but surely even he didn't expect such a confident strike early on!
ROBINSON! 1-0! Ireland take an early lead. Robinson drifts inside from the left and plays a quick one-two with Hourihane. Once he's received the return pass he takes a touch before firing a powerful effort from just outside the box towards the near post. It looks like a speculative strike, but it flicks off Al Rawi before sailing into the top corner!
Ogbene quickly wins a promising free-kick near the touchline following a foul from Hassan. The hosts work it short, allowing Hourihane to eventually clip in a deep cross that Egan heads high and wide from eight yards.
Qatar get the first half underway.
The players are emerging from the tunnel and kick off is just minutes away!
Republic of Ireland’s Callum Robinson scored a brace against Azerbaijan last time out, this after having only scored once in his first 20 senior international appearances for the nation beforehand. The last player to score in back-to-back appearances for the Republic of Ireland was Jonathan Walters in 2017.
Qatar, meanwhile, make one change: Al Sheeb is replaced by Barsham in goal.
Ireland make five changes to the side that defeated Azerbaijan. The main news is that Liverpool goalkeeper Kelleher comes in to make his first ever start for Ireland. Meanwhile, Cullen, Bazunu, McClean, Idah and Horgan all drop out of the starting lineup.
SUBS: Ahmed Al Aaeldin, Sultan Al Brake, Musab Al Khader, Abdullah Al Ahrak, Saad Al Sheeb, Ahmed Fathy, Assim Madibo, Ali Asad, Abdullah Marafee, Ismail Mohammad, Yusuf Abdurisag, Yousef Hassan.
QATAR (3-5-2): Meshaal Barsham; Bassam Al Rawi, Tarek Salman, Abdelkarim Hassan; Pedro Miguel, Hassan Al Haydos, Karim Boudiaf, Abdelaziz Hatim, Homam Ahmed; Almoez Ali, Akram Afif.
SUBS: Gavin Bazunu, Mark Travers, Harry Arter, Adam Idah, Troy Parrott, James McClean, Nathan Collins, Cyrus Christie, Daryl Horgan, James Collins, Aaron Connolly, Jason Knight.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND (3-4-2-1): Caoimhin Kelleher; John Egan, Shane Duffy, Andrew Omobamidele; Matt Doherty, Conor Hourihane, Jeff Hendrick, Enda Stevens; Chiedozie Ogbene, Jamie McGrath; Callum Robinson.
Qatar continued their preparation for the World Cup with a 3-0 loss against Portugal last time out. They’ll be hoping for a more positive result and performance today.
Hello and welcome to this international friendly between the Republic of Ireland and Qatar. Head coach, Stephen Kenny, finally won his first competitive match for Ireland last time out against Azerbaijan – after 12 winless attempts. They’ll be looking to build on this momentum with another win today.