Keane Givens Trapattoni First Republic Victory

Robbie Keane was on hand to fire Republic of Ireland to a friendly victory over Colombia.

The strike ensured a first win for the Republic under new boss Giovanni Trapattoni.

The Tottenham striker saw his third minute deflected shot trickle past Colombian stopper Robinson Zapata, as the Irish made a bright start to the game, which was played at Fulham's Craven Cottage ground.

Liam Miller slotted the ball to Keane, who's shot bounced off Columbian defender Elvis Gonzalez and rolled passed the hapless Zapata.

However, the Colombians hit back and dominated the remainder of the half. The Irish struggled to cope with the slick passing and movement of the South Americans, who forced Republic keeper Dean Kiely to make a series of fine saves.

The Colombians could not find the same degree of dominance in the second half, as the Irish held on for the win.

The only downside to the night was an injury to Damien Duff. The Newcastle winger was forced to withdraw from the team before kick-off, due to severe sinusitis.

The result follows Saturdays 1-1 draw with Serbia at Croke Park, in Trapattoni's first game in charge.


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