In-form Callum Robinson’s hat-trick earned the Republic of Eire a dominant 4-0 pleasant win over World Cup hosts Qatar in Dublin.
After a double in Saturday’s World Cup qualifier victory in Azerbaijan, the West Brom man put the Republic forward on 4 minutes with a deflected shot.
Robinson prolonged the benefit 9 minutes later from the penalty spot and hit his third on 53 minutes.
Shane Duffy rounded off the house win with a trademark 59th-minute header.
The Republic’s energetic first-half show put them in agency management towards a Qatar aspect that appeared low on confidence following their poor current run of outcomes.
Robinson’s opener appeared to inject perception into Stephen Kenny’s aspect because the striker exchanged passes with each Jamie McGrath and Conor Hourihane earlier than his shot from simply exterior the penalty space clipped defender Bassam Hisham Al-Rawi and looped over keeper Meshaal Barsham.
With Jeff Hendrick a dynamic presence in midfield, the sport was successfully over when the energetic Robinson transformed his penalty after McGrath had been fouled.
Ominous indicators for World Cup hosts
Qatar’s type has deteriorated badly since they misplaced their CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-final 1-0 towards USA in late July.
They’ve since suffered 4-0 thumpings towards Serbia – and now the Republic – along with 3-1 and 3-0 defeats to Portugal, with Felix Sanchez’s aspect additionally concerned in an uninspiring 1-1 in Luxembourg.
And whereas Qatar’s Fifa rating at 43 is seven locations above above the Republic, they had been no match for Kenny’s aspect on the Aviva Stadium.
In distinction, Tuesday’s consequence accomplished a extremely passable week for Kenny as the primary aggressive win of his tenure – on the Thirteenth try – in Baku was adopted by this emphatic success.
Liverpool keeper Caoimhin Kelleher was considered one of 5 adjustments from the Azerbaijan contest, however he scarcely had a save to make as Qatar supplied no risk.
Robinson continues his eventful week
Every week in the past, Robinson’s revelation that he had opted to not obtain a Covid-19 vaccination led to a lot media remark in Eire, with supervisor Kenny and John Egan, who captained the crew in Baku, compelled to defend the striker’s freedom of selection on the difficulty.
Nonetheless, Robinson’s two first-half targets arrange Saturday’s 3-0 win to ease the stress on Kenny – and he delivered once more for his supervisor.
The Baggies frontman was displaying for the ball at each alternative and his early deflected effort got here as he reacted quickest when the Republic received a throw-in on their left wing and his shot adopted a slick trade of passes with McGrath and Hourihane.
Chiedozie Ogbene virtually related with a Hourihane cross earlier than Robinson transformed his penalty after McGrath had been tripped by Karim Boudiaf.
Ogbene, the primary African-born participant to be capped by the Republic earlier this 12 months, practically bought on the scoresheet on 40 minutes as he headed a Robinson cross towards the bar.
It was extra of the identical after the break as Hendrick’s defence-splitting go arrange Robinson to finish his treble.
Duffy accomplished the scoring by heading a Hourihane nook to the web earlier than the inevitable sequence of substitutions noticed the dominant hosts lose their momentum.
Whereas the Republic’s hopes of creating it to Qatar had been ended by a run of three opening defeats in Group A, they may hope to proceed the revival after they host Portugal of their penultimate World Cup qualifier on 11 November. They are going to spherical off their marketing campaign in Luxembourg three days later.
R. of Eire
- 4DuffySubstituted forCollinsat 77′minutes
- 2DohertySubstituted forChristieat 45′minutes
- 8HourihaneSubstituted forArterat 88′minutes
- 20OgbeneSubstituted forKnightat 69′minutes
- 7RobinsonSubstituted forParrottat 78′minutes
- 18McGrathSubstituted forCollinsat 88′minutes
- 22Aissa Barsham
- 5Suleiman Odeh
- 15Ali Al Rawi
- 3Hassan Fadlalla
- 2Carvalho Deus Correia
- 10Al Haydos
- 6MohammedSubstituted forAL Haj Madiboat 73′minutesBooked at 85mins
- 19AbdullaSubstituted forAlaaeldin Abdelmotaalat 73′minutes
- 1Al Sheeb
- 4Fathy Abdoulla
- 7Alaaeldin Abdelmotaal
- 8Thaimn Qambar
- 9Abdurisag Yusuf
- 18Al Brake
- 20Al Ahrak
- 21Mohamed Ali
- 23AL Haj Madibo
Dwell Textual content
Match ends, Republic of Eire 4, Qatar 0.
Second Half ends, Republic of Eire 4, Qatar 0.
Try saved. Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Eire) proper footed shot from exterior the field is saved within the backside left nook. Assisted by Harry Arter.
James Collins (Republic of Eire) wins a free kick on the precise wing.
Foul by Bassam Al Rawi (Qatar).
Substitution, Republic of Eire. James Collins replaces Jamie McGrath.
Substitution, Republic of Eire. Harry Arter replaces Conor Hourihane.
Jason Knight (Republic of Eire) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Homam Ahmed (Qatar).
Assim Madibo (Qatar) is proven the yellow card for a foul foul.
Troy Parrott (Republic of Eire) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Assim Madibo (Qatar).
Foul by Troy Parrott (Republic of Eire).
Assim Madibo (Qatar) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Try missed. Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Eire) left footed shot from the left aspect of the field is shut, however misses the highest left nook.
Foul by Andrew Omobamidele (Republic of Eire).
Homam Ahmed (Qatar) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Nook, Republic of Eire. Conceded by Bassam Al Rawi.
Substitution, Republic of Eire. Troy Parrott replaces Callum Robinson.
Substitution, Republic of Eire. Nathan Collins replaces Shane Duffy.