Watch: Robbie Keane scores in his final match for Ireland

Wednesday August 31st, 2016

Robbie Keane closed the door on his international career in fine and appropriate fashion on Wednesday, scoring a goal in his farewell match for Ireland.

Donning the famous green uniform for a final time, Keane scored the 68th goal of his international career–tops among active players–in extending Ireland's lead over Oman in the first half of their friendly at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. 

While Ireland prepares for its opening World Cup qualifying match in Serbia on Monday, it is sending off its captain in style. Keane, who had hit the post earlier in the match, scored by lofting the ball in the air to himself and then volleying with his right foot from close range. He finished it off by going into his trademark cartwheel-somersault celebration, much to the delight of the home crowd. 


The goal tied him with German great Gerd Muller for 14th on the all-time scoring list (though he'll have done it in 146 caps, whereas Muller did it in just 62). He'll relinquish the all-time active goal lead to Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and Guatemala's Carlos Ruiz, who both have 61 goals for their respective countries.

Robbie Brady and Jonathan Walters also scored for Ireland in a one-sided first half for the Irish, who are also grouped with Wales, Austria, Georgia and Moldova in their World Cup qualifying group.

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