Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Boss Salutes Keano's Huge Contribution

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Boss Salutes Keano's Huge Contribution

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REPUBLIC of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni saluted Robbie Keane after watching him mark a record-equalling 125th senior international appearance with a double against Georgia.

Keane came off the bench as a half-time substitute and helped himself to his 55th and 56th goals for Ireland as the Republic romped to a 4-0 victory over the 10-man Georgians who laboured after keeper Giorgi Loria's 20thminute dismissal.

Derby defender Richard Keogh had opened the scoring three minutes before the break with his first senior international goal, and Nottingham Forest striker Simon Cox extended the home side's lead three minutes.

Both goals were set up by Sunderland's James McClean, who was a constant threat.

Keane went on to seal the win for Ireland.

Trapattoni said: "Robbie was destined. He started to play as an 18-year-old and was one of the youngest creative players in Ireland. He has played in famous teams in Italy and Tottenham in England, and he continues to show us his creative quality. …

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