Callum Robinson scored a hat-trick because the Republic of Eire beat World Cup hosts Qatar 4-0 to win back-to-back video games for the primary time since March 2019.
Robinson, whose first-half double in Azerbaijan on Saturday arrange a 3-0 World Cup qualifying victory, repeated the trick inside 13 minutes on the Aviva Stadium after which added a 3rd eight minutes after the restart to grow to be the primary Eire participant to finish a treble since Robbie Keane towards Gibraltar in October 2014.
The West Brom striker, who discovered himself within the headlines final week after revealing he had not been vaccinated towards Covid-19 regardless of twice testing Positive for the virus, had scored just one senior worldwide objective earlier than assembly up together with his team-mates this month.
Defender Shane Duffy helped himself to a fourth as supervisor Stephen Kenny, who had gained solely one among his first 16 video games in cost, celebrated a second victory inside 4 days, albeit tinged with unhappiness on the information that his facet is not going to be in Qatar when world soccer convenes subsequent 12 months.
For Felix Sanchez’s facet, who misplaced 3-0 in Portugal on the weekend, it proved a sobering night as their winless run as they try to realize worldwide expertise forward of the event stretched to 6 video games with Republic keeper Caoimhin Kelleher not having to make a save of notice on his first senior begin.
Eire, ranked seven locations beneath the guests by FIFA, might hardly have gotten off to a greater begin as a staff that includes 5 adjustments to the one which gained in Baku carried that momentum into their newest mission.
Robinson was once more the person who set the ball rolling, exchanging passes with Jamie McGrath and Conor Hourihane to work his approach in from the left flank earlier than unleashing a shot which looped up off unlucky defender Bassam Hisham Alrawi and over keeper Meshaal Barsham.
The Qataris have been nonetheless bemoaning their misfortune when their night time took an extra flip for the more serious inside 9 minutes when Karim Boudiaf’s clumsy problem on McGrath despatched the midfielder sprawling contained in the field and left Northern Irish referee Keith Kennedy with little possibility however to level to the spot.
Robinson instantly grabbed the ball and confidently despatched the keeper the flawed approach to make it 2-0 in entrance of a delighted diminished capability sell-out crowd of 25,749.
Rocked by the double setback, Qatar regularly began to work their approach into the sport and skipper Hassan Al-Haydos drilled large from 25 yards with 20 minutes gone as Al-Haydos and Akram Afif began to tug the strings.
Nevertheless, with Hourihane and Jeff Hendrick giving the house facet a midfield base and Matt Doherty and Enda Stevens revelling within the area out large, they threatened to increase their benefit.
John Egan headed over from Hourihane’s Thirty fifth-minute nook, however central defensive companion Duffy needed to be at his greatest to nip the ball off Al-Haydos’ toe after he had been performed in cleverly by Afif.
Barsham was spared by his crossbar with 5 minutes of the half remaining after Chiedozie Ogbene had bought his head to Robinson’s inviting cross, however Kenny’s males went in on the break reflecting upon half a job properly carried out.
Cyrus Christie changed Doherty, who had required therapy earlier than the break, forward of the restart, however the sample remained largely the identical with Afif inflicting issues, however not the place it mattered and Eire persevering with to look the stronger.
They struck once more with 53 minutes gone when Robinson ran on to Hendrick’s nicely-weighted through-ball and slid a shot previous Barsham’s despairing dive, and the keeper was choosing the ball out of his internet for a fourth time inside six minutes after Duffy had powered house a towering header from Hourihane’s nook.
Hendrick drilled an 81st-minute shot simply large as Eire pressed for a fifth, however they left the pitch greater than happy with their night time’s work.
Kenny: Robinson has extra to offer
Stephen Kenny is hoping in-form striker Callum Robinson realises how vital he may very well be to the Republic of Eire after scoring 5 objectives in his final two video games.
“He is excellent within the group, he is a extremely bubbly character with numerous decency, numerous good factors as an individual,” the supervisor mentioned.
“However as a participant, he has extra to offer. He is clearly missed that a lot, which has been troublesome, so to get these 5 objectives now will give him actual perception over the following whereas, I hope.
“Once we began marking out medium and long-term methods for the staff, one of many issues that we have been
doing, the Nations League in June, our ambition is to win the group.
“We are going to take the Nations League extraordinarily critically with a dedication to win the group as a result of that provides you a Euro play-off.
“We will try to do this. That is the ambition, that is what I wish to do and I really feel it is sensible to wish to do this.”
Qatar boss Felix Sanchez was left to bemoan a disastrous begin from which his facet by no means recovered.
He mentioned: “It was a troublesome recreation for us, after all, clearly from the very starting. We conceded a really early objective and after that we confirmed we weren’t at this time on the stage that we anticipated to be.
“However that is soccer. We have to study from our errors. If you find yourself enjoying at this stage, it’s good to be at your prime stage.
“We wanted a superb efficiency at this time and we could not, so we have to maintain working and attempt to repair the issues that we did flawed on this recreation.”
- Eire earned their first house win in any competitors since November 2019 (3-1 vs New Zealand), ending a run of seven house video games with out victory (D5 L2).
- This was Eire’s largest victory since beating Oman 4-0 in a pleasant in August 2016.
- Callum Robinson grew to become the primary participant to attain 2+ objectives in consecutive appearances for Republic of Eire since Robbie Keane in June 2013.
The Republic of Eire will play their ultimate two World Cup Qualifiers subsequent month. They host Portugal on Thursday 11 November earlier than travelling to Luxembourg on Sunday 14 November. Each video games can be proven stay on Sky Sports activities.