The Republic of Ireland pulled off one of the convincing football results of the weekend of World Cup qualifying. Callum Robinson proved to be the best player on the pitch as he put a week of controversy behind him after revealing he chose not to be vaccinated. He had the perfect response for his critics with two goals in the first half in a 3-0 win in Baku. Chiedozie Ogbene scored the third goal for the visitors to cap a professional performance in their first win in a competitive fixture since June 2019.

“That one’s going to hurt for a while, that I didn’t get the hat-trick in the end.” Callum Robinson said. “There were some good saves from the keeper – I took a shot on my right foot and then obviously the header could have made it a perfect hat-trick. They were good saves from the keeper. But I’m happy first of all to get the win – that was the main thing. Goals come second, but it was obviously nice to get on the scoresheet as well.”

“The win was overdue and 3-0 away from home in a qualifier is rare. That’s one defeat in our last seven games and that was a late Portugal goal from (Cristiano) Ronaldo, so I feel we’re improving all the time.” the Republic of Ireland boss Stephen Kenny said. “We have undergone a change in system from March onwards and it suits the players that we have. We’re learning all the time and improving in our attacking play.”

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