Tag: Robbie Keane

Football: MLS: LA Galaxy 2-1 New England Revolution

Robbie Keane’s extra-time goal gave Los Angeles Galaxy a record fifth MLS Cup win with victory over New England Revolution.

The 34-year-old ran clear and calmly slotted in with nine minutes to go to settle the encounter.

Extra time was needed after Chris Tierney’s late leveller for New England had cancelled out Gyasi Zardes’s goal.

The win ensured that all-time leading MLS scorer Landon Donovan ended his career with six championship titles.

The 32-year-old did not get a goal that would have added to his record total of 144 in the MLS, but the victory was an apt way to cap his impressive career, which has seen him play in three World Cups and score a national best 57 international goals in 157 games.

Keane has proven himself an equally valuable asset at the StubHub Center in recent seasons.

The Republic of Ireland forward, who scored 20 goals in 33 games as LA Galaxy claimed the Western Conference title to reach Sunday’s final, was a typically lively presence, twice forcing good saves from New England keeper Bobby Shuttleworth in normal time.

When his big chance came in extra time he did not spurn it as he showed alertness to latch on to a chipped ball forward and coolness to slot his shot past Shuttleworth and into the corner of the net.

It was a goal that earned the former Tottenham striker his third MLS title in four seasons.

For New England Revolution it was another cruel MLS Final defeat at the hands of the Galaxy, who beat them courtesy of extra-time goals in both 2002 and 2005.

This is the fifth time they have finished as runners-up, and they will reflect on how it could have been very different.

After Tierney had nipped in to slot in a late leveller and cancel out Zardes’ close-range finish earlier in the second half, they came within inches of what surely would have been a winner. Teal Bunbury’s speculative shot from the right side of the box floated over Galaxy keeper Jaime Penedo but came back off the crossbar.

The full-time whistle gave LA the chance to rally and ultimately provided the platform for Keane’s winner.

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Euro 2016 Qualifying: Rep of Ireland 7-0 Gibraltar

Robbie Keane’s hat-trick helped the Republic of Ireland crush Gibraltar in their Euro 2016 qualifier in Dublin.

Keane completed his hat-trick with an 18th-minute penalty after Wes Hoolahan had set up his first two strikes.

After the break, two James McClean goals came either side of an own goal from Gibraltar keeper Jordan Perez.

The outstanding Hoolahan walked in the seventh before the hour as the Republic’s goals tally fell one short of a record 8-0 win over Malta in 1983.

The result was Gibraltar’s second successive 7-0 hammering in Group D after last month’s defeat by Poland in their adopted Portuguese home venue of Faro, in what was the first competitive fixture in their history.

Keane’s hat-trick brought his international goals tally to 65 in 136 matches and means he becomes the top scorer in European Championship qualifying history.

The LA Galaxy striker has now notched 21 goals in European qualifiers, one ahead of former Turkey striker Hakan Sukur.

With Aiden McGeady’s two goals having helped the Republic get their campaign off to a winning start in Georgia last month, they will travel to Group D favourites Germany on Tuesday with maximum six points from their opening two games.

Keane and his team-mates will face a completely different proposition in the world champions, but while Gibraltar were woeful opposition, the Republic’s display should give them confidence for the Gelsenkirchen test.

Once Hoolahan had added the seventh goal, the Republic performance dipped in the final half-hour after both he and skipper Keane were substituted.

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