Azerbaijan 0-3 Republic of Eire: Irish win in Baku as Robinson nets double

Callum Robinson made headlines on Tuesday when he revealed that he had chosen to not be vaccinated towards Covid-19 regardless of twice contracting the virus

Callum Robinson’s two targets helped earn a primary aggressive win for Republic of Eire boss Stephen Kenny as they beat Azerbaijan 3-0 in Baku.

After 12 winless aggressive video games underneath Kenny, the Republic’s World Cup hopes had been lengthy over, however this outcome will ease stress on him.

West Brom’s Robinson netted his targets within the first half with sub Chiedozie Ogbene including a late third.

Robinson revealed in midweek that he had not obtained a Covid-19 vaccine.

With the striker, 26, having twice examined optimistic for coronavirus, that admission led to one thing of a nationwide debate in Eire about whether or not sports activities folks must be vaccinated to be able to characterize their nation.

However Republic supervisor Kenny and John Egan, captain towards Azerbaijan, stoutly defended Robinson’s freedom of alternative on the difficulty.

The frontman responded to the controversy by producing an lively and goalscoring show within the World Cup Group A qualifier.

Robinson netted a nice second worldwide aim as his fired into the roof of the web from simply outdoors the penalty space within the seventh minute after a taking cross on the run from James McClean.

He claimed a double within the thirty ninth minute when, towards the run of play, Robinson’s shot from simply outdoors the field took a deflection off Azerbaijan defender Hojjat Haghverdi earlier than deceiving dwelling keeper Sahruddin Mehemmedeliyev.

Substitute Ogbene, who performs for League One facet Rotherham, added the third within the ultimate minute of regular time as his header squirmed beneath the Azerbaijan keeper.

The Republic of Ireland hadn't earned a competitive win since the 2-0 win over Gibraltar in June 2019
Stephen Kenny watches his Republic of Eire earn the primary aggressive win of his reign

Any win was going to do for Kenny

It was removed from an ideal show by Kenny’s Fiftieth-ranked facet towards a rustic who stand 117th within the Fifa rankings.

After Robinson’s opener, the Republic misplaced their approach for half an hour with dwelling defender Haghverdi lacking two wonderful headed probabilities to get the hosts stage.

However Robinson’s second strike gave them respiration area and the introduction of St Mirren’s Jamie McGrath for Daryl Horgan on the break gave Kenny’s facet extra midfield management after the break.

Robinson had 4 probabilities to finish his hat-trick with McClean and Shane Duffy additionally squandering alternatives.

Previous to Ogbene’s late effort, Azerbaijan produced some stress with younger Republic keeper Gavin Bazunu tipping a Qara Garayev shot onto the underside of his crossbar earlier than McClean cleared.

Republic wing-back Matt Doherty additionally seemed lucky to not concede a penalty when the scoreline was 2-0 as he appeared to deal with with the referee as an alternative deciding that Azerbaijan striker Mahir Emreli had first pulled the Tottenham participant’s jersey.



Formation 5-4-1

  • 12Mahammadaliyev
  • 13Huseynov
  • 4Haghverdi
  • 5Medvedev
  • 18KrivotsyukSubstituted forDadashovat 79′minutes
  • 17BayramovSubstituted forAbdullayevat 63′minutes
  • 7AlasgarovSubstituted forSheydayevat 63′minutes
  • 8MahmudovSubstituted forSadikhovat 86′minutes
  • 2Qarayev
  • 19Ozobic
  • 10Emreli


  • 1Balayev
  • 3Salahli
  • 6Mustafayev
  • 9Dadashov
  • 11Sheydayev
  • 14Khachayev
  • 15Mütallimov
  • 16Nuriev
  • 20Celik
  • 21Abdullayev
  • 22Sadikhov
  • 23Bayramov

R. of Eire

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Bazunu
  • 22Omobamidele
  • 4Duffy
  • 5EganBooked at 88mins
  • 2Doherty
  • 6CullenSubstituted forHourihaneat 90+3′minutes
  • 13Hendrick
  • 11McClean
  • 7RobinsonSubstituted forParrottat 90+3′minutes
  • 15HorganSubstituted forMcGrathat 45′minutes
  • 9IdahSubstituted forOgbeneat 59′minutes


  • 3Stevens
  • 8Hourihane
  • 10Parrott
  • 12Collins
  • 14Christie
  • 16Kelleher
  • 17Arter
  • 18McGrath
  • 19Collins
  • 20Ogbene
  • 21Connolly
  • 23Travers

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