Stephen Kenny’s hopes of incomes a contract extension had been handed a serious enhance because the Republic of Eire romped to a 3-0 win over Luxembourg of their closing World Cup Qualifier.
Targets from Shane Duffy, Chiedozie Ogbene and Callum Robinson inside the ultimate 22 minutes clinched victory – simply Eire’s second in a aggressive fixture in 15 makes an attempt – and third place in Group A behind Serbia and Portugal.
President Gerry McAnaney and chief government officer Jonathan Hill had been amongst a Soccer Affiliation of Eire delegation on the Stade De Luxembourg as they put together to sit down down to debate Kenny’s future after a marketing campaign which began badly however has completed in additional promising style.
Luxembourg performed a big half in that dreadful begin once they received 1-0 on the Aviva Stadium in March, however though that they had a purpose accurately chalked off with the rating at 0-0, they not often threatened a repeat in entrance of a
capability crowd of 9,268 at their new stadium.
In entrance of FIFA president Gianni Infantino – who was booed loudly by the gang – and Luxembourg’s Grand Duke Henri, it was Luxembourg goalkeeper Ralph Schon who was first into the motion, diving to his left to palm away Robinson’s dipping ninth-minute strike after the wonderful Ogbene had been performed into area down the precise and delivered an inviting cross.
Adam Idah appealed unsuccessfully for a 14th-minute penalty after taking place beneath defender Vahid Selimovic’s problem, and Ogbene went equally unrewarded three minutes later after Maxime Chanot appeared to tug at his shirt after he had burst previous him.
The tempo of Ogbene and Robinson and the width offered by James McClean had been inflicting Luxembourg actual issues, though the wrong-footed Gavin Bazunu needed to react neatly to acrobatically flip away Olivier Thill’s try from distance after it had clipped Josh Cullen on its method to purpose.
Gerson Rodrigues, who had scored 5 of his facet’s eight targets for the marketing campaign earlier than kick-off, was retaining the Republic rearguard engaged together with his intelligent motion and trickery whereas Thill was busy in midfield, however with little or no finish product.
However Schon wanted robust arms to divert Ogbene’s rising drive over 5 minutes earlier than the break after which claw away John Egan’s header with Eire wanting the extra more likely to power their approach in entrance.
Idah flicked a Jeff Hendrick cross huge with Robinson maybe higher positioned behind him and the Newcastle midfielder screwed a shot huge from Matt Doherty’s through-ball as Eire resumed with actual function.
Doherty blasted excessive and huge from lengthy vary with the momentum rising, though it may need died on 54 minutes when the house facet thought that they had taken the lead.
Danel Sinani was effectively into his celebration after thumping Laurent Jans’ cross previous Bazunu, however Hungarian referee Tamas Bognar ruined his night by blowing for a foul on Duffy by substitute Maurice Deville in the course of the build-up.
Luxembourg’s distress elevated 22 minutes from time when, after Selimovic had been penalised for a foul on substitute Jason Knight, he then bought his head to Josh Cullen’s free-kick, however may solely assist it on to Duffy on the far submit and he powered it into the online from point-blank vary.
It deepened seven minutes later when Hendrick picked out Knight’s run into the field and he audaciously back-heeled it sq. for Ogbene to carry the ball over the advancing Schon, and was full with two minutes remaining when Knight turned McClean’s cross again throughout purpose for Robinson to faucet into an empty internet.
Republic of Eire response: Kenny and Ogbene
Stephen Kenny advised Sky Sports activities: “It was a troublesome sport. They play some good soccer. We felt they’ll damage us however we will damage them and exploit the again 4 with tempo. We lacked management within the first half however we went for it out of possession and left ourselves uncovered. However we knew we may rating. We created possibilities and are delighted to win.
“We bought in a number of occasions. The ultimate go wasn’t fairly proper. It was fairly open and frenetic. We knew we simply needed to win the sport, get after them and power errors.
“One of many benefits of being U21 supervisor beforehand is that I do know the character of the gamers, I do know Jason Knight’s power and traits. We’re delighted to have him.
“Since we misplaced to Luxembourg and Portugal we’re doing effectively. We all know we aren’t good however there are gamers coming via and extra to return. There was strain on the gamers they usually have responded. They’re a pleasure to work with. It’s a collective effort.
“I might somewhat the followers sing in regards to the gamers than me. I respect it however it’s about gamers. Ours have been magnificent over the previous few months.”
Chiedozie Ogbene advised Sky Sports activities: “I am delighted to get on the scoresheet, however I owe it to the group.
“We got here right here and bought a 3-0 win and to maintain a clear sheet away from house towards a robust group. The sport plan labored effectively and all people dug deep.
“Credit score to them [the fans for coming out here,” he said. “It’s a cold place today. To come out and support us, we needed their support. You could tell towards the end of the game they were getting into it and they lifted us and we scored again to kill the game.”
- Republic of Ireland have won three of their last four matches in all competitions (D1), as many as their previous 22 beforehand (W3 D11 L8).
- Republic of Ireland have scored 20 goals in 12 internationals in 2021, two more than they scored in 27 games across 2018, 2019 and 2020 combined before this (18 goals).
- Luxembourg have lost 10 of their last 13 matches (W3) in qualifying for major international tournaments (World Cup & EUROs), also losing six of their last seven such fixtures at home (W1).
- Republic of Ireland have kept a clean sheet in four consecutive internationals under a single manager for the first time since October 2011, a run of eight under Giovanni Trapattoni.
- Shane Duffy has scored three goals in his last six internationals, as many as his previous 33 for Republic of Ireland beforehand. All seven of his senior international goals have been headed.
- Chiedozie Ogbene is the first player to score in both of his first two competitive away internationals for Republic of Ireland since Stephen Ireland in 2007. Ogbene has more goals in his five senior international games (two) than he does in 58 appearances in all competitions for his current club Rotherham United (one).
- Having only scored once in his first 20 senior internationals for Republic of Ireland, Callum Robinson has since bagged six in his last four for his country.