Robbie Keane was at the double as Republic of Ireland beat Georgia 4-0 in an international friendly in Dublin on Sunday.
The LA Galaxy star equalled goalkeeper Shay Given’s record of 125 caps for the Irish and celebrated by netting a second-half brace at the Aviva Stadium.
Georgia keeper Giorgi Loria was sent off in the 20th minute for cynically bringing down Shane Long in the area with the visitors made to pay when Richard Keogh opened the scoring three minutes before the break. Simon Cox then made it 2-0 three minutes into the second half.
Keane’s first came in the 77th minute when he tapped home Conor Sammon’s low cross before rounding out the match with a curling finish with two minutes remaining for his 56th international goal.
Keane told Sky Sports after the match: “It’s always nice to score goals, as a striker it’s very important for your confidence.
I felt a little bit sorry for them today because of the red card. It kind of killed the tempo of the game. We wanted a bit of a test to be honest, before next week’s game (World Cup qualifier with Faroe Islands) but one thing it does do is give us confidence.”
On the caps record, he added: “If you had asked me 10 years ago if I’d get this many caps I’d say you’re crazy. To get that many I’m obviously delighted and it’s something I will look back in years to come but at the moment I’m just looking forward and hopefully getting a few more.”