Republic of Ireland 7 - 0 Gibraltar | 2016 - UEFA Euro | 2013858

UEFA European Championship Qualifying Round | Aviva Stadium, Dublin
11 October 2014 - 17:00 (local time)

Republic of Ireland 7 - 0 Gibraltar

Keane(6, 14, 18pen) McClean(46, 53) J. Perez(52og) Hoolahan(56) Full-time
Republic of Ireland Gibraltar

Record for Keane as Ireland hammer Gibraltar

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND 7 GIBRALTAR 0 - Robbie Keane scored a hat-trick inside 13 minutes to become the leading all-time scorer in the history of the European Championship qualifiers as the Republic of Ireland cruised to victory over Group D minnows Gibraltar before a crowd of 35,123 at the Aviva Stadium.
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11th Oct 2014

It marked a third hat-trick in green for Keane as he brought his remarkable tally of international goals to 65. A brace from James McClean; a fine solo strike from man-of-the-match Wes Hoolahan and a bizarre own goal from visiting goalkeeper Jordan Perez completed the scoring.

Though five changes from the win in Georgia last month, there were few surprises in the Ireland line-up. Hull City's David Meyler slotted into right-back in place of the injured Seamus Coleman. Glenn Whelan was left on the bench as Darron Gibson was partnered in central midfield by Jeff Hendrick as manager Martin O'Neill went with a well-balanced looking selection with two wingers in Aiden McGeady and James McClean. Hoolahan started up top alongside skipper Keane rather than in the hole behind him.

Gibraltar, playing in their first ever competitive away game, fielded just three full-time professionals in Preston-based right-back Scot Wiseman, left winger Jake Gosling of English League One leaders Bristol City and Liam Walker who is the only professional based in Gibraltar with Lincoln Red Imps.

As expected, Ireland dominated possession from the opening whistle with Hoolahan heading over the top at the back post from McGeady's cross to register their first effort on goal after four minutes.

Hoolahan quickly made amends for that miss in the build-up to Ireland's opening goal two minute later, however. The Norwich schemer's sublime ball with the outside of his left foot put McGeady in behind on the right. And the Everton wideman's low cross was swept home by Keane.

Perez made a terrific parry save from McClean's volley on nine minutes before Ireland doubled their lead five minutes after that. Hoolahan was again involved, controlling the ball on his chest before volleying a through pass for the run of Keane who slid the ball home.

It was a milestone goal as it brought the 34-year-old a record-breaking 20th goal in European Championship qualifiers.

The hat-trick soon arrived for the LA Galaxy ace on 18 minutes as he slotted home a penalty after Hoolahan had been upended by 'keeper Perez.

Further magic from the influential Hoolahan almost brought a fourth goal in the 34th minute when the former Shelbourne midfielder won the ball to run at the Gibraltar defence and rifle a left-foot shot narrowly wide.

A minute later, Perez made his second fine save of the game when getting his fingers to McGeady's angled drive to push the ball away for a corner.

It took just 32 seconds of the second half for Ireland to extend their lead when McClean got his first goal of the night when sliding in to tap home Keane's cross.

A comical own goal brought Ireland's fifth score on 51 minutes. Perez initially parried a shot from Keane. But the ball came to Hoolahan whose effort was cleared off the line by Scott Wisemann only to rebound off Perez and enter the net.

McClean got his second goal within two minutes when toeing home after Perez had pushed away a shot from Keane.

It was seven up on 56 minutes with a fine solo goal from Hoolahan who all but walked the ball home when dribbling in on goal from the left edge of the area.

Gibraltar, cheered on throughout by a sizeable band of fans, almost got a goal back just past the hour mark when Joseph Chipolina got his head to Brian Perez's corner only to see his effort acrobatically palmed over the top by David Forde.

Only a terrific save at the other end from Gibraltar substitute goalkeeper Jamie Robba prevented Ireland equalling their record 8-0 win against Malta from 1983.

Substitute Robbie Brady picked out McGeady with an inviting cross from the left, but Robba spread himself bravely to stop the header with his body.

Republic of Ireland: Forde; Meyler, O'Shea, Wilson, Ward (Brady, 70); McGeady, Hendrick, Gibson, McClean; Hoolahan (Doyle, 64), Keane (Murphy, 63).

Gibraltar: J. Perez (Robba, 60); Wiseman, R. Casciaro, R. Chipolina (Santos, 58), J. Chipolina; Payas; B. Perez, Bado (Guilling, h/t), Walker, Gosling; L. Casciaro.

Referee: Leontios Trattou (Cyprus).

O'Neill & Wilson look forward to Gibraltar clash

Republic of Ireland national team manager Martin O'Neill and Stoke City defender Marc Wilson spoke to the press today ahead of tomorrow's UEFA Championships 2016 qualifying round game against Gibraltar at Aviva Stadium (5.00pm). #MakeTheMatch
10th Oct 2014

Republic of Ireland national team manager Martin O'Neill and Stoke City defender Marc Wilson spoke to the press today ahead of tomorrow's UEFA Championships 2016 qualifying round game against Gibraltar at Aviva Stadium (5.00pm). #MakeTheMatch

Tactical Lineups

Republic of Ireland

1 Forde (G) 2 Ward 3 Wilson 4 O'Shea 7 McGeady 8 Hendrick 10 Keane (C) 11 McClean 12 Meyler 14 Gibson 20 Hoolahan

Gibraltar

1 J. Perez (G) 2 Wiseman 3 J. Chipolina 5 R. Casciaro 6 R. Chipolina (C) 7 L. Casciaro 8 Bado 10 Walker 11 Gosling 16 B. Perez 19 Payas

Substitutes

  • 23 Dayle Coleing (G)
  • 13 Jamie Robba (G)
  • 4 David Artell
  • 9 Kyle Casciaro
  • 12 Jeremy Lopez
  • 14 John Sergeant
  • 15 Adam Priestley
  • 17 James Bosio
  • 18 Yogan Santos
  • 20 Jean-Carlos Garcia
  • 21 Robert Guiling
  • 22 Anthony Hernandez

Officials

  • Referee Leontios Trattou
  • Assistant Referee Michael Soteriou
  • Assistant Referee Charalambos Charalambous
  • Additional Assistant Referee Christos Nicolaides
  • Additional Assistant Referee Vasilis Dimitriou
  • 4th Referee Sotiris Viktoros
  • Uefa Delegate Svein Johannessen
  • Referee Observer Günter Benkö
  • Patrick A. Daly

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • The match is under way.
  • 4" Wes Hoolahan (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 5" Robbie Keane (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 6" Robbie Keane (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 10" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 10" Jordan Perez (Gibraltar) blocks a shot.
  • 10" Wes Hoolahan (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 14" Robbie Keane (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 17" Robbie Keane (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 17" Wes Hoolahan (Republic of Ireland) was fouled in the penalty area by Jordan Perez (Gibraltar)
  • 18" Robbie Keane (Republic of Ireland) scores from the penalty spot.
  • 19" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Lee Casciaro (Gibraltar).
  • 20" Robbie Keane (Republic of Ireland) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 22" Liam Walker (Gibraltar) fouls.
  • 22" Darron Gibson (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 24" Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 28" Ryan Casciaro (Gibraltar) is penalised for a foul on James McClean (Republic of Ireland).
  • 31" Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 33" Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 33" Jordan Perez (Gibraltar) blocks a shot.
  • 34" Wes Hoolahan (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 35" Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 35" Jordan Perez (Gibraltar) blocks a shot.
  • 35" Wes Hoolahan (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 40" Darron Gibson (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Rafael Bado (Gibraltar).
  • 41" Wes Hoolahan (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 45" Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • The second half begins.
  • 46" Robert Guiling (in) - Rafael Bado (out) (Gibraltar)
  • 46" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 48" Ryan Casciaro (Gibraltar) fouls.
  • 48" Robert Guiling (Gibraltar) is penalised for a foul on Stephen Ward (Republic of Ireland).
  • 49" Darron Gibson (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 50" John O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 51" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 51" Wes Hoolahan (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 52" Jordan Perez (Gibraltar) scores an own goal.
  • 53" Robbie Keane (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 53" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 56" Wes Hoolahan (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 57" Yogan Santos (in) - Roy Chipolina (out) (Gibraltar)
  • 59" Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 59" Jordan Perez (Gibraltar) blocks a shot.
  • 60" Jamie Robba (in) - Jordan Perez (out) (Gibraltar)
  • 60" Liam Walker (Gibraltar) delivers the corner.
  • 61" Joseph Chipolina (Gibraltar) has an effort on goal.
  • 61" David Forde (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 61" Jake Gosling (Gibraltar) takes the corner.
  • 62" Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 63" Daryl Murphy (in) - Robbie Keane (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 63" Kevin Doyle (in) - Wes Hoolahan (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 64" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 64" Kevin Doyle (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 67" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 70" Daryl Murphy (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Jamie Robba (Gibraltar).
  • 70" Robbie Brady (in) - Stephen Ward (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 73" Daryl Murphy (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 74" Liam Walker (Gibraltar) misses the target.
  • 74" Daryl Murphy (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 76" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Scott Wiseman (Gibraltar).
  • 77" Liam Walker (Gibraltar) delivers the corner.
  • 77" Joseph Chipolina (Gibraltar) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland).
  • 80" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 80" Daryl Murphy (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 81" Joseph Chipolina (Gibraltar) fouls.
  • 84" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 84" Daryl Murphy (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 84" Jamie Robba (Gibraltar) blocks a shot.
  • 85" Lee Casciaro (Gibraltar) has a shot blocked.
  • 85" Liam Walker (Gibraltar) takes the corner.
  • 87" Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 87" Jamie Robba (Gibraltar) blocks a shot.
  • 90+1" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 90+2" Robert Guiling (Gibraltar) misses the target.
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Republic of Ireland
  • Gibraltar

Corners Won

10 4

Shots on Target

14 1

Shots off Target

5 2

Fouls Committed

5 7
  • Republic of Ireland

    Gibraltar

  • 7Goals0
  • 0Yellow Card(s)0
  • 0Red Card(s)0
  • 14Shots on Goal1
  • 5Shots Wide2
  • 4Shot(s) Blocked1
  • 1Save(s)6
  • 23Total Shots4
  • 5Fouls Committed7
  • 10Corner(s)4
  • 3Offside(s)0