Robinson hits hat-trick as Ireland hammer Qatar

Callum Robinson hit a hat-trick as Ireland cruised to a 4-0 win over Qatar in their international friendly at the Aviva Stadium. Robinson became the first player since Robbie Keane in 2014 to hit a treble for Ireland while Shane Duffy added the other goal to round off a great week for Stephen Kenny.

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Courtois hits out at football governing bodies over rising number of games

Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has accused football authorities of prioritising revenue over player welfare in a damning assessment of the global football calendar. Courtois, 29, was speaking after his country lost 2-1 against Italy in UEFA’s Nations League third-place play-off on Sunday – a match he described as “pointless” in the build-up.

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Robinson bags brace as Ireland end wait for win in Baku

Callum Robinson scored a fine brace as Ireland defeated Azerbaijan 0-3 in Baku in their 2022 World Cup qualifier with Chiedozie Ogbene scoring the third for Stephen Kenny. The result is their first competitive win under Kenny’s charge and takes some pressure off the manager.

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Late own goal sees Ireland snatch draw with Serbia

Ireland produced a spirited second-half display to secure a morale-boosting 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw against Serbia at the Aviva Stadium. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic had given Serbia a first half lead but with minutes remaining he crashed a clearance off Nikola Milenkovic into his own net to see the spoils shared.

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Duffy header rescues draw for Ireland against Azerbaijan

Ireland scrambled to rescue a 1-1 draw at home to Azerbaijan thanks to an 87th minute Shane Duffy header in their 2022 World Cup qualifier. Azerbaijan took a shock lead in first half injury time through a stunning strike from Emin Makhmudov. The result effectively ends any slim hopes Ireland had of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup.

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