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Faroe Islands' manager Lars Olsen. Picture: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

Faroe Islands' manager Lars Olsen. Picture: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

Faroe Islands' manager Lars Olsen. Picture: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

LARS OLSEN has admitted it would be a sensation of epic proportions if the Faroe Islands ruined Robbie Keane's party tonight.

Ireland's skipper will win a record 126th senior international cap at the Aviva Stadium, although the 32-year-old is more concerned about the three World Cup qualification points on offer.

Faroes boss Olsen (pictured) knows the chances of the Group C minnows denying Ireland victory are slim, but he insists that is what they will set out to do.

The former Denmark international said: "It would be very big, very big. It would be a sensation all over Europe. But every time before we play, we believe we can win.

"Normally, I admit, Ireland must be a big, big favourite – but it's not every time the favourite is going to win."

The favourite certainly did win the last time the Faroes went into qualifier battle in March when they were trounced 6-0 by Austria in Vienna.

But Republic boss Giovanni Trapattoni has insisted there is no room for complacency, and Olsen is convinced his team will be better. He said: "We played at the end of March in Austria and we had a very bad performance. Therefore we are looking forward to making it better in tomorrow's game. But I'm optimistic for the game because when you look at the opposite game in the Faroe Islands in October, we played a very good game."

If the Faroes are to win, they may have to keep Keane at bay, but that is not a task which concerns Olsen. He said with a smile: "He also played in the Faroe Islands and he didn't score there, as far as I remember.

"I was here to see the game Ireland v Austria (when Keane did not play) and you could see they missed him because without Robbie Keane, Austria were a little bit better."


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