Robbie Keane marked his record 126th cap for the Republic of Ireland by hitting a hat-trick in the World Cup qualifying win over the Faroe Islands.

Keane, 32, fired in an early opener from Aiden McGeady's cross before he wasted a clear opening as the minnows frustrated the dominant hosts.

Seamus Coleman provided the cross for Keane to slot home the second goal 10 minutes into the second half.

Keane then netted from close range to complete a memorable treble in Dublin.

Keane's continental company

miroslav Klose

Robbie Keane is now the fifth-highest international goalscorer in European history with 59 goals.

Only German duo Miroslav Klose (pictured, 67) and Gerd Mueller (68) and Hungarian pair Sandor Kocsis (75) and Ferenc Puskas (84) have scored more.

It was a perfect start for the Republic and Keane, who passed Shay Given to become the country's most capped player.

McGeady sent in a low cross and the LA Galaxy striker neatly stroked the ball beyond keeper Gunnar Nielsen and into the bottom corner after just five minutes.

The Republic were stifled for the remainder of the first half as the visitors packed their defence in a simple gameplan of damage limitation.

Keane was guilty of poor finishing on 26 minutes, a well-worked free-kick putting the skipper clear on goal but he hesitated before a weak shot was saved by Nielsen.

Nielsen also tipped over a powerful volley from Keane and kept out efforts from Jonathan Walters and the impressive McGeady.

Wes Hoolahan, who was making his first start for the Republic at the age of 31, headed over from a McGeady cross three minutes after the restart.

The Norwich midfielder started the move for the first goal and he was again involved as the Irish doubled their lead after 55 minutes.

Hoolahan's pinpoint pass put Seamus Coleman through on the right and the full-back's first-time cross was slid in by the alert Keane.

The Faroes created a rare threat on goal when Atli Gregersen's header from a free-kick landed on the roof of the net.

Keane chalked up a 59th international goal as he completed his hat-trick on 80 minutes with a simple side-foot finish past Nielsen from substitute Conor Sammon's lay-off.

Simon Cox cut inside before blazing over as the Irish eased to victory, although they would have wanted a few more goals to boost their goal difference.

The Republic have moved up to third in the group after second-placed Austria beat Sweden 2-1.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Rep of Ireland

  • 01 Forde
  • 02 Coleman
  • 03 Wilson (Kelly - 82' )
  • 04 O'Shea
  • 05 St Ledger
  • 06 Whelan
  • 07 McGeady (McClean - 76' )
  • 08 Hoolahan Booked
  • 09 Walters (Sammon - 73' )
  • 10 Keane
  • 19 Cox

Substitutes

  • 16 Westwood
  • 23 Randolph
  • 12 Kelly
  • 13 Delaney
  • 14 O'Dea
  • 15 Dunne
  • 17 McShane
  • 11 McClean
  • 18 Quinn
  • 21 Hendrick
  • 20 Sammon
  • 22 Keogh

Faroe Islands

  • 01 Nielsen
  • 04 Baldvinsson Booked
  • 05 Atli Gregersen
  • 13 Justinussen Booked
  • 19 Jonsson
  • 08 Vatnsdal Booked
  • 10 Holst (Samuelsen - 84' )
  • 14 Olsen
  • 09 Samuelsen
  • 17 Frederiksberg
  • 21 Klettskaro (Edmundsson - 64' )

Substitutes

  • 16 Gestson
  • 23 Jorgensen
  • 02 Naes
  • 03 Viljormur Davidsen
  • 15 Danielsen
  • 11 Edmundsson
  • 18 Samuelsen
  • 20 Mouritsen
Ref: Gestranius
Att: 19,000

Match Stats

Shots

16 2

On target

12 0

Corners

14 1

Fouls

7 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:58 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +1:33

Foul by Wes Hoolahan (Rep of Ireland) on Suni Olsen (Faroe Islands). Free kick taken right-footed by Suni Olsen (Faroe Islands) from own half, passed.

90:00 +0:54

Goal kick taken long by Gunnar Nielsen (Faroe Islands).

89:50

Attacking throw-in by Seamus Coleman (Rep of Ireland).

88:48

Defending throw-in by Stephen Kelly (Rep of Ireland).

86:57

Robbie Keane (Rep of Ireland) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Gunnar Nielsen (Faroe Islands) from own half, resulting in open play.

85:36

Free kick crossed left-footed by James McClean (Rep of Ireland) from right wing, clearance by Suni Olsen (Faroe Islands). Cross by James McClean (Rep of Ireland), comfortable save (caught) by Gunnar Nielsen (Faroe Islands).

85:36 Booking

Booking Rogvi Baldvinsson (Faroe Islands) booked for unsporting behaviour.

85:31

Foul by Rogvi Baldvinsson (Faroe Islands) on Conor Sammon (Rep of Ireland).

84:22

Foul by Joan Edmundsson (Faroe Islands) on Sean St. Ledger (Rep of Ireland). Free kick taken right-footed by Sean St. Ledger (Rep of Ireland) from own half, passed.

83:46

Attacking throw-in by Ari Jonsson (Faroe Islands).

83:20 Substitution

Substitution Faroe Islands substitution: Christian Holst replaced by Hans Pauli Samuelsen (tactical).

82:59

Shot by Simon Cox (Rep of Ireland) drilled left-footed from right channel (18 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Gunnar Nielsen (Faroe Islands).

82:37

Corner from right by-line taken short left-footed by Wes Hoolahan (Rep of Ireland).

81:25

Corner from left by-line taken short left-footed by Wes Hoolahan (Rep of Ireland). Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by James McClean (Rep of Ireland) to centre, save (punched) by Gunnar Nielsen (Faroe Islands).

81:11 Substitution

Substitution Rep of Ireland substitution: Marc Wilson replaced by Stephen Kelly (injury).

80:11

Assist (pass) by Conor Sammon (Rep of Ireland) from right side of six-yard box.

80:11 Goal scored

Goal! - Robbie Keane - R Ireland 3 - 0 Faroe Is Goal by Robbie Keane (Rep of Ireland) left-footed (bottom-left of goal) from right side of six-yard box (6 yards).Rep of Ireland 3-0 Faroe Islands.

80:04

Cross by James McClean (Rep of Ireland), resulting in open play.

79:01

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by James McClean (Rep of Ireland) to near post, clearance by Rogvi Baldvinsson (Faroe Islands).

78:20

Defending throw-in by Jonhard Frederiksberg (Faroe Islands).

78:07

Defending throw-in by Jonhard Frederiksberg (Faroe Islands).

76:18

Header by Atli Gregersen (Faroe Islands) from centre of penalty area (18 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by David Forde (Rep of Ireland).

75:40

Free kick taken right-footed by Suni Olsen (Faroe Islands) from left channel, resulting in open play.

75:40 Substitution

Substitution Rep of Ireland substitution: Aiden McGeady replaced by James McClean (tactical).

75:34

Foul by Conor Sammon (Rep of Ireland) on Suni Olsen (Faroe Islands).

74:31

Attacking throw-in by Ari Jonsson (Faroe Islands).

74:01

Attacking throw-in by Conor Sammon (Rep of Ireland).

73:31

Aiden McGeady takes a shot from 25 yards. Blocked by Rogvi Baldvinsson.

72:33

Free kick taken right-footed by Suni Olsen (Faroe Islands) from left channel, passed.

72:33 Substitution

Substitution Rep of Ireland substitution: Jonathan Walters replaced by Conor Sammon (tactical).

72:16 Booking

Booking Wes Hoolahan (Rep of Ireland) booked for unsporting behaviour.

72:14

Foul by Wes Hoolahan (Rep of Ireland) on Christian Holst (Faroe Islands).

71:53

Goal kick taken long by David Forde (Rep of Ireland).

71:26

Cross by Joan Edmundsson (Faroe Islands), resulting in open play.

70:24

Defending throw-in by Jonhard Frederiksberg (Faroe Islands).

70:11

Defending throw-in by Jonhard Frederiksberg (Faroe Islands).

68:58 Booking

Booking Pol Johannes Justinussen (Faroe Islands) booked for unsporting behaviour.

68:54

Foul by Pol Johannes Justinussen (Faroe Islands) on Seamus Coleman (Rep of Ireland). Free kick taken right-footed by Simon Cox (Rep of Ireland) from right wing, shot by Aiden McGeady (Rep of Ireland) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Gunnar Nielsen (Faroe Islands).

68:37

Attacking throw-in by Seamus Coleman (Rep of Ireland).

68:03

Cross by Seamus Coleman (Rep of Ireland), clearance by Joan Edmundsson (Faroe Islands). Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Aiden McGeady (Rep of Ireland) to centre, save (punched) by Gunnar Nielsen (Faroe Islands).

67:07

Attacking throw-in by Ari Jonsson (Faroe Islands).

66:15

Cross by Simon Cox (Rep of Ireland), resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Gunnar Nielsen (Faroe Islands).

66:03

Cross by Simon Cox (Rep of Ireland), clearance by Rogvi Baldvinsson (Faroe Islands). Attacking throw-in by Seamus Coleman (Rep of Ireland).

65:39

Attacking throw-in by Jonhard Frederiksberg (Faroe Islands).

65:37

Attacking throw-in by Jonhard Frederiksberg (Faroe Islands).

63:34

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Suni Olsen (Faroe Islands) to centre, save (caught) by David Forde (Rep of Ireland).

63:34 Substitution

Substitution Faroe Islands substitution: Pall Klettskaro replaced by Joan Edmundsson (tactical).

62:47

Foul by Wes Hoolahan (Rep of Ireland) on Christian Holst (Faroe Islands). Free kick crossed right-footed by Suni Olsen (Faroe Islands) from right wing, clearance by Sean St. Ledger (Rep of Ireland).

59:52

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Aiden McGeady (Rep of Ireland) to near post, clearance by Simun Samuelsen (Faroe Islands).

58:44

Attacking throw-in by Jonhard Frederiksberg (Faroe Islands).

58:21

Defending throw-in by Jonhard Frederiksberg (Faroe Islands).

57:39

Attacking throw-in by Ari Jonsson (Faroe Islands).

57:09

Foul by Wes Hoolahan (Rep of Ireland) on Ari Jonsson (Faroe Islands). Free kick taken right-footed by Gunnar Nielsen (Faroe Islands) from own half, resulting in open play.

56:52

Goal kick taken long by Gunnar Nielsen (Faroe Islands).

54:56

Assist (pass) by Seamus Coleman (Rep of Ireland) from right side of penalty area.

54:56 Goal scored

Goal! - Robbie Keane - R Ireland 2 - 0 Faroe Is Goal by Robbie Keane (Rep of Ireland) right-footed (bottom-left of goal) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards).Rep of Ireland 2-0 Faroe Islands.

53:44

Heini Vatnsdal (Faroe Islands) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by David Forde (Rep of Ireland) from own half, resulting in open play.

52:21

Goal kick taken long by Gunnar Nielsen (Faroe Islands).

51:32

Attacking throw-in by Seamus Coleman (Rep of Ireland).

51:09

Attacking throw-in by Seamus Coleman (Rep of Ireland).

51:03

Defending throw-in by Seamus Coleman (Rep of Ireland).

50:34

Goal kick taken long by Gunnar Nielsen (Faroe Islands).

50:19

Cross by Wes Hoolahan (Rep of Ireland), clearance by Suni Olsen (Faroe Islands).

50:12

Attacking throw-in by Seamus Coleman (Rep of Ireland).

49:43

Attacking throw-in by Aiden McGeady (Rep of Ireland).

48:32

Foul by Pall Klettskaro (Faroe Islands) on Sean St. Ledger (Rep of Ireland). Free kick taken right-footed by John O'Shea (Rep of Ireland) from own half, passed.

47:47

Aiden McGeady produces a cross, Wes Hoolahan produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.

47:38

Cross by Simon Cox (Rep of Ireland), clearance by Rogvi Baldvinsson (Faroe Islands).

47:13

Attacking throw-in by Jonhard Frederiksberg (Faroe Islands).

46:20

Attacking throw-in by Jonhard Frederiksberg (Faroe Islands).

45:47

Defending throw-in by Jonhard Frederiksberg (Faroe Islands).

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +0:11 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

43:57

Defending throw-in by Jonhard Frederiksberg (Faroe Islands).

43:44

Cross by Wes Hoolahan (Rep of Ireland), clearance by Rogvi Baldvinsson (Faroe Islands).

43:34

Cross by Aiden McGeady (Rep of Ireland), clearance by Suni Olsen (Faroe Islands).

42:51 Booking

Booking Heini Vatnsdal (Faroe Islands) booked for unsporting behaviour.

42:46

Foul by Heini Vatnsdal (Faroe Islands) on Jonathan Walters (Rep of Ireland). Free kick taken right-footed by Aiden McGeady (Rep of Ireland) from right channel, passed.

42:14

Shot by Christian Holst (Faroe Islands) drilled right-footed from left channel (25 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by David Forde (Rep of Ireland).

41:50

Shot by Aiden McGeady (Rep of Ireland) drilled left-footed from left channel (25 yards), save (caught) by Gunnar Nielsen (Faroe Islands).

41:31

Attacking throw-in by Marc Wilson (Rep of Ireland).

41:11

Defending throw-in by Seamus Coleman (Rep of Ireland).

39:59

Defending throw-in by Marc Wilson (Rep of Ireland).

39:27

Attacking throw-in by Jonhard Frederiksberg (Faroe Islands).

38:35

Cross by Marc Wilson (Rep of Ireland), resulting in open play.

38:18

Cross by Simon Cox (Rep of Ireland), resulting in open play.

38:03

Attacking throw-in by Seamus Coleman (Rep of Ireland).

37:26

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Simon Cox (Rep of Ireland) to near post, clearance by Ari Jonsson (Faroe Islands).

37:11

Cross by Aiden McGeady (Rep of Ireland), clearance by Atli Gregersen (Faroe Islands).

36:33

Attacking throw-in by Jonhard Frederiksberg (Faroe Islands).

36:29

Attacking throw-in by Christian Holst (Faroe Islands).

35:16

Corner from right by-line taken short right-footed by Simon Cox (Rep of Ireland). Cross by Aiden McGeady (Rep of Ireland), blocked by Christian Holst (Faroe Islands). Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Aiden McGeady (Rep of Ireland) to centre, clearance by Atli Gregersen (Faroe Islands).

34:59

Foul by Heini Vatnsdal (Faroe Islands) on Jonathan Walters (Rep of Ireland). Free kick taken left-footed by Wes Hoolahan (Rep of Ireland) from right channel, passed.

34:23

Shot by Aiden McGeady (Rep of Ireland) right-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards), save (caught) by Gunnar Nielsen (Faroe Islands).

33:44

Shot by Robbie Keane (Rep of Ireland) drilled right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), fantastic save (tipped over) by Gunnar Nielsen (Faroe Islands). Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Simon Cox (Rep of Ireland) to near post, clearance by Pall Klettskaro (Faroe Islands).

32:54

Attacking throw-in by Seamus Coleman (Rep of Ireland).

32:26

Defending throw-in by Ari Jonsson (Faroe Islands).

31:48

Foul by Pall Klettskaro (Faroe Islands) on Marc Wilson (Rep of Ireland). Free kick taken left-footed by Wes Hoolahan (Rep of Ireland) from left wing, passed.

31:34

Defending throw-in by Seamus Coleman (Rep of Ireland).

31:04

Defending throw-in by Ari Jonsson (Faroe Islands).

28:17

Foul by Jonhard Frederiksberg (Faroe Islands) on Jonathan Walters (Rep of Ireland). Free kick taken left-footed by Wes Hoolahan (Rep of Ireland) from left wing, passed.

27:53

Defending throw-in by Marc Wilson (Rep of Ireland).

27:14

Defending throw-in by Jonhard Frederiksberg (Faroe Islands).

27:00

Foul by Ari Jonsson (Faroe Islands) on Simon Cox (Rep of Ireland). Free kick taken right-footed by Seamus Coleman (Rep of Ireland) from right wing, passed.

24:23

Foul by Suni Olsen (Faroe Islands) on Wes Hoolahan (Rep of Ireland). Free kick taken right-footed by Simon Cox (Rep of Ireland) from left channel, passed. Shot by Robbie Keane (Rep of Ireland) right-footed from left side of six-yard box (6 yards), brilliant save (blocked) by Gunnar Nielsen (Faroe Islands). Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Aiden McGeady (Rep of Ireland). Cross by Marc Wilson (Rep of Ireland), header by Jonathan Walters (Rep of Ireland) from right side of penalty area (12 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Gunnar Nielsen (Faroe Islands).

24:01

Cross by Seamus Coleman (Rep of Ireland), resulting in open play.

23:59

Attacking throw-in by Seamus Coleman (Rep of Ireland).

23:45

Shot by Aiden McGeady (Rep of Ireland) drilled right-footed from right channel (25 yards), blocked by Atli Gregersen (Faroe Islands).

23:32

Cross by Aiden McGeady (Rep of Ireland), resulting in open play.

21:19

Cross by Marc Wilson (Rep of Ireland), clearance by Rogvi Baldvinsson (Faroe Islands). Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Aiden McGeady (Rep of Ireland) to centre, save (punched) by Gunnar Nielsen (Faroe Islands).

19:01

Goal kick taken long by Gunnar Nielsen (Faroe Islands).

17:15

Cross by Aiden McGeady (Rep of Ireland), blocked by Atli Gregersen (Faroe Islands).

16:40

Attacking throw-in by Jonhard Frederiksberg (Faroe Islands).

15:42

Seamus Coleman (Rep of Ireland) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Gunnar Nielsen (Faroe Islands) from own half, resulting in open play.

14:11

Foul by Seamus Coleman (Rep of Ireland) on Pol Johannes Justinussen (Faroe Islands). Free kick taken left-footed by Ari Jonsson (Faroe Islands) from own half, resulting in open play.

12:42

Attacking throw-in by Ari Jonsson (Faroe Islands).

11:56

Foul by Robbie Keane (Rep of Ireland) on Suni Olsen (Faroe Islands). Free kick taken right-footed by Gunnar Nielsen (Faroe Islands) from own half, resulting in open play.

11:00

Shot by Jonathan Walters (Rep of Ireland) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Suni Olsen (Faroe Islands).

9:49

Attacking throw-in by Ari Jonsson (Faroe Islands).

9:35

Cross by Ari Jonsson (Faroe Islands), clearance by John O'Shea (Rep of Ireland).

9:19

Attacking throw-in by Marc Wilson (Rep of Ireland).

9:06

Cross by Aiden McGeady (Rep of Ireland), clearance by Heini Vatnsdal (Faroe Islands).

7:50

Defending throw-in by Seamus Coleman (Rep of Ireland).

6:31

Corner from right by-line taken short left-footed by Wes Hoolahan (Rep of Ireland). Cross by Aiden McGeady (Rep of Ireland), clearance by Jonhard Frederiksberg (Faroe Islands). Weak shot by Glenn Whelan (Rep of Ireland) volleyed right-footed from left channel (25 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Gunnar Nielsen (Faroe Islands).

5:52

Defending throw-in by Jonhard Frederiksberg (Faroe Islands).

4:17

Assist (cross) by Aiden McGeady (Rep of Ireland) from left wing.

4:17 Goal scored

Goal! - Robbie Keane - R Ireland 1 - 0 Faroe Is goal by Robbie Keane (Rep of Ireland) left-footed (low centre of goal) from centre of penalty area (12 yards).Rep of Ireland 1-0 Faroe Islands.

4:09

Cross by Aiden McGeady (Rep of Ireland),

3:34

Defending throw-in by Jonhard Frederiksberg (Faroe Islands).

2:45

Defending throw-in by Seamus Coleman (Rep of Ireland).

1:39

Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Aiden McGeady (Rep of Ireland). Weak shot by Aiden McGeady (Rep of Ireland) mishit right-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Gunnar Nielsen (Faroe Islands).

0:38

Pol Johannes Justinussen (Faroe Islands) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by John O'Shea (Rep of Ireland) from own half, passed.

0:10

Defending throw-in by Marc Wilson (Rep of Ireland).

0:00

The game gets underway.

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