Callum Robinson scored a hattrick as the Republic of Ireland completed one of the high scoring football scores of World Cup qualifying. They won back-to-back games for the first time since March 2019. Robinson capped a brilliant week after he scored a brace against Azerbaijan on the weekend. He repeated his performance scoring a brace in 13 minutes. Robinson completed his hat-trick in the second half. In scoring three he became the first Irishman to do so since Robbie Keane in 2014. Shane Duffy continued his good form this season adding a fourth.
Republic of Ireland boss Stephen Kenny: “He’s very good in the group, he’s a really bubbly character with a lot of decency, a lot of good points as a person,” he added. “But as a player, he has more to give. He’s obviously missed that much, which has been difficult, so to get those five goals now will give him real belief over the next while, I hope. When we started marking out medium and long-term strategies for the team, one of the things that we were looking at doing, the Nations League in June, our ambition is to win the group.”
Qatar boss Felix Sanchez: “It was a tough game for us, of course, obviously from the very beginning. We conceded a very early goal and after that, we showed we were not today at the level that we expected to be.” he added. “But that’s football. We need to learn from our mistakes. When you are playing at this level, you need to be at your top level. We needed a good performance today and we couldn’t, so we need to keep working and try to fix the things that we did wrong in this game.”
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