Video: Robbie Keane’s 68th and final goal for the Republic of Ireland

It was an emotional night at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin as Robbie Keane earned the last of his 146 caps for the Republic of Ireland against Oman.

In true Keane fashion, the 36-year-old signed off with a goal, his 68th for the Boys In Green since making his debut way back in 1998.

 

A healthy crowd turned out for the friendly international which was more of a testimonial for a player who has served his country with distinction for 18 years.

Martin O’Neill’s side got off to a great start when Robbie Brady curled home a beautiful free kick after just seven minutes.

On the half hour, Keane took centre stage as he latched onto a ball into the box, flicked it over a defender’s head, and hammered a finish into the net.

The stadium erupted with the all too familiar “Keano” chant as the skipper rolled back the years by breaking out his iconic cartwheel celebration.

Keane was replaced by Wes Hoolahan in the 57th minute and left the field to a rapturous applause and standing ovation, signifying the end of an era that is unlikely to be matched.

 

Man of the Match Jonathan Walters got the first of his double in the first half, heading home a cross from the left, and having taken the armband from the departed Keane, he slotted home the game’s fourth goal on 63 minutes.

While Oman put up little resistance, there were plenty of positives for O’Neill and his coaching staff to take ahead of the first World Cup qualifier against Serbia in Belgrade on Monday.

Harry Arter got 90 minutes under his belt in the middle of the park, promising youngster Callum O’Dowda was given 26 minutes as his development continues.

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