Wednesday 12 December 2018

WATCH: Robbie Keane retires: Here are five landmark goals he scored for Ireland in his glittering international career

Robbie Keane scores his famous goal against Germany at the 2002 World Cup
Robbie Keane scores his famous goal against Germany at the 2002 World Cup
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Former Tottenham and Republic of Ireland striker Robbie Keane has announced his retirement as a player.

The 38-year-old captained his country for a decade and scored 325 goals in 737 appearances for 10 different clubs during a 23-year playing career.

Here, we look at some of the 38-year-old's landmark strikes for Ireland.

v Malta, Euro 2000 qualifier, Dublin, October 14, 1998

Aged just 18 an d winning only his fifth cap, Keane opened his goalscoring account for his country with two goals in Ireland's 5-0 demolition of of Malta at Lansdowne Road. Keane, then of Wolves, scrambled home his first from inside the six-yard box following a corner from the right and celebrated with his trademark cartwheel before seizing on some hesitant defending to break into the penalty area and curl his second into the right side of the net.

v Germany, 2002 World Cup, Ibraki, June 5, 2002

Perhaps Keane's most famous goal for his country came in the group stages of the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea. With his team staring defeat in the face against eventual runners-up Germany, the striker collected a flick on from Niall Quinn before smashing the ball past Oliver Khan and into the net via the right post in the second minute of added time to earn the Irish a 1-1 draw.

v Faroe Islands, 2006 World Cup qualifier, Dublin, October 13, 2004

Keane, by this stage plying his trade with Tottenham, made history during the 2006 World Cup qualifier against the minnows by breaking the 21-goal Ireland scoring record held by former strike partner Quinn. The landmark strike came from the penalty spot and he also claimed the other goal of the game, finishing a pass from Roy Keane.

v France, 2010 World Cup play-off, Paris, November 18, 2009

In a game remembered almost entirely for Thierry Henry's handball, Keane scored what looked to be a vital goal in the Stade de France . Ireland trailed 1-0 from the first leg of the play-off until just after the half-hour mark when Keane calmly slotted in Damien Duff's pull-back. The strike sent the clash into extra-time but Irish dreams of a trip to the finals in South Africa were cruelly ended when Barcelona striker Henry controlled the ball with his arm before setting up William Gallas for the decisive goal.

v Macedonia, Euro 2012 qualifier, Skopje, June 4, 2011

Just before his move to MLS side LA Galaxy, Keane once again made history as he became the first British or Irish player to reach 50 international goals. The milestone came in the eighth minute in Skopje when he picked up the ball 30 yards from goal before unleashing an ambitious strike which deflected off a defender before looping over the stranded goalkeeper. He did not have to wait long for his 51st goal as he calmly found the bottom left corner following a short back-pass nine minutes before the break to give his side a 2-0 success.

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