MX23RW : Tuesday, September 18 18:05:29
Oct 11, 2014 at 5pm UK at ​Aviva Stadium
Rep. IrelandRepublic of Ireland
7-0
GibraltarGibraltar
Keane (6', 14', 18' pen.), McClean (46', 53'), Perez (51' og.), Hoolahan (56')
FT(HT: 3-0)

Match Analysis: Republic of Ireland 7-0 Gibraltar

Sports Mole whips its magnifying glass out to have a closer look at the Republic of Ireland's 7-0 win over Gibraltar in Euro 2016 qualifying.

Robbie Keane netted a first-half hat-trick as the Republic of Ireland made it back-to-back victories in Euro 2016 qualifying with a 7-0 win over sorry Gibraltar.

The Los Angeles Galaxy hitman bagged a 17-minute treble to help the Boys in Green into a 3-0 half-time lead over the minnows in Dublin tonight.

James McLean hit a second-half brace, with Wes Hoolahan and a Jordan Perez own goal then compounding Gibraltar's misery.

Below, Sports Mole offers an in-depth analysis of the seven-goal rout at the Aviva Stadium.

Match statistics

ROI
Shots: 29
On target: 23
Possession: 50%
Corners: 10
Fouls: 6

Gibraltar
Shots: 3
On target: 1
Possession: 50%
Corners: 4
Fouls: 8

Was the result fair?

Stats occasionally lie. Not this time. It was men against boys, pros against amateurs from the very first minute this evening. It is entirely possible and probable that nobody inside the Aviva Stadium will ever see a more one-sided game of football in a 'competitive' outing. But was it fair? No. It could, and probably should, have been a rout that reached double figures.

Republic of Ireland's performance

It was billed as a training match ahead of Tuesday's Euro 2016 qualifier away to Germany, and it never looked like anything less for Ireland, who were seven goals to the good after the 56-minute mark. It was a ruthless showing from Martin O'Neill's side, a performance with plenty of flair to match the grit that they showed to beat Georgia last month.

Nobody from an Irish perspective will read too much into it by virtue of Gibraltar's calibre, but it will still provide the Boys in Green with a timely morale boost ahead of what is surely the most daunting fixture of Group D.

Gibraltar's performance

Gibraltar's mere presence in this Euro 2016 qualification campaign shows how far they have come as a footballing nation, having only earned UEFA membership roughly 18 months ago. However, results like these and the ones that follow - and they will - illustrate just how far away they are from truly competing. With just three professionals in their ranks, results like this are inevitable. It is their first ever qualifying campaign and, with 14 goals conceded in two outings, it is not looking good for them. Welcome to competitive football, lads.

Sports Mole's man of the match

Wes Hoolahan: Keane was the obvious choice by virtue of his 17-minute hat-trick, but Hoolahan was instrumental in all three of those goals and ultimately proved more deserving of the man-of-the-match award.

First, he played a sublime outside-of-the-boot ball to find McGeady in the build-up to Keane's opener, before threading the veteran striker through for his second not long after. Hoolahan then won the penalty which allowed Keane to bag his hat-trick, and then got on the scoresheet himself in a ruthless second-half showing. Keane will get the plaudits - and rightly so - but Hoolahan's contribution tonight cannot be ignored. It was no surprise that Ireland did not score again after he left the field.

Biggest gaffe

It is no exaggeration to claim that all seven of Ireland's goals could be put down as 'gaffes' from Gibraltar goalkeeper Jordan Perez - including his own goal. However, the one that Perez - a full-time fireman, in his defence - deserves most condemnation for would be the third, where he conceded a soft penalty and was then punished by Keane from the spot. It would be a major surprise to see him recalled for their next outing.

Referee performance

Cypriot referee Leontios Trattou had a quiet game and was afforded the luxury of keeping his cards tucked away in his pocket for the duration of the match.

What next?

Republic of Ireland: O'Neill's side now turn their attention toward a clash with world champions Germany in Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday.

Gibraltar: Gibraltar are also back in action on the 14th as they host Temuri Ketsbaia's Georgia side.

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Captain Robbie Keane of Republic of Ireland celebrates with team mates after scoring a goal during the EURO 2016 Qualifier match against Gibraltar on October 11, 2014
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