Ireland pick up second consecutive win with good performance against Qatar

The Republic of Ireland made it two wins in the space of a few days last night.

Stephen Kenny’s side turned in an excellent performance to see off Qatar 4-0 in a friendly at the Aviva Stadium, Callum Robinson scoring Ireland’s first senior men’s hat trick since 2014, with Shane Duffy scoring the fourth.

It’s the first time in two years this Ireland side have won back to back matches s- and next up is the visit of Portugal.

Kenny is delighted with his players.

“It was a very good performance. I think the players were really very excellent overall.

“It just shows you their technical quality, and confidence can be important and belief can be important.

“We’re improving as a team, and we still have a lot of improving to do, but today was really good.”

Elsewhere Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick as Portugal beat Luxembourg 5-nil in Faro. 

But Serbia remain top of World Cup qualifying Group A courtesy of their 3-1 win at home to Azerbaijan. 

Scotland need one more win from their last two matches in Group F to secure a playoff spot. 

Lyndon Dykes’ late goal gave them a 1-nil win away to the Faroe Islands last night. 

Hungary fans disgraced themselves yet again, with violent clashes with police marring their 1-1 draw with England at Wembley.

While Northern Ireland’s slim playoff hopes were ended by a 2-1 defeat in Bulgaria. 

Ireland’s under 17s play their final qualifier at Turner’s Cross today

Colin O’Brien’s side look to make it three wins from three against Poland – kick off is at 1pm.


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