After a twice in FIFA World Cup qualifier victory in Azerbaijan, the West Brom man put the Republic of Ireland Football team ahead on four minutes with a glanced shot. Robinson extended the advantage nine minutes later from the penalty spot and hit his third on 53 minutes.
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Shane Duffy rounded off the home win with an emblem 59th-minute header. The Republic of Ireland’s peppy first-half display put them in firm control against a Qatar side that seemed low on confidence following their poor topical run of results.
Robinson’s corkscrew seemed to vaccinate belief into Stephen Kenny’s side as the striker exchanged passes with both Jamie McGrath and Conor Hourihane before his shot from just outside the penalty area trimmed defender Bassam Hisham Al-Rawi and twisted over keeper Meshaal Barsham.
With Jeff Hendrick a dynamic presence in midfield, the game was effectively over when the lively Robinson converted his penalty after McGrath had been fouled. To know more about World Cup Tickets click here.
Worrying signs for World Cup hosts
Qatar’s form has declined badly since they lost their CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-final 1-0 against the USA in late July. They have since suffered 4-0 thumping against Serbia and now the Republic of Ireland in addition to 3-1 and 3-0 defeats to Portugal, with Felix Sanchez’s side also involved in an uninspiring 1-1 in Luxembourg.
And while Qatar’s FIFA ranking at 43 is seven places above the Republic of Ireland, they were no match for Kenny’s side at the Aviva Stadium. In the gap, Fixture’s result finalized a highly satisfactory week for Kenny as the first competitive win of his tenancy – at the 13th attempt – in Baku was followed by this vigorous success.
Callum Robinson endures his eventful week
A week ago, Robinson’s disclosure that he had elected not to receive a Coronavirus vaccination led to much media comment in Ireland, with manager Kenny and John Egan, who captained the team in Baku, obliged to defend the striker’s freedom of choice on the issue.
However, Callum Robinson’s two first-half goals set up Saturday’s 3-0 win to comfort the pressure on Kenny and he delivered again for his manager.
The Baggies front-man was showing for the ball at every opportunity and his early bounced effort came as he reacted quickest when the Republic of Ireland Football World Cup team won a throw-in on their left wing and his shot followed a glossy exchange of passes with McGrath and Hourihane.
Chiedozie Ogbene virtually connected with a Hourihane cross before Robinson improved his penalty after McGrath had been tumbled by Karim Boudiaf.
Ogbene, the first African-born player to be plugged by the Republic of Ireland Football World Cup side earlier this year, nearly got on the score sheet on 40 minutes as he headed a Robinson cross against the bar. It was more of the same after the break as Hendrick’s defense-splitting pass set up Robinson to complete his treble.
While the Republic of Ireland Football World Cup team’s faiths of making it to Qatar were ended by a run of three opening defeats in Group A, they will hope to continue the revival when they host Portugal in their penultimate FIFA World Cup qualifier on 11 November. They will round off their campaign in Luxembourg three days later.
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