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Republic of Ireland boss buoyant after Nations Cup triumph

Giovanni Trapattoni was delighted after his Republic of Ireland team took out the Carling Nations Cup yesterday.

Robbie Keane's 23rd minute goal was the difference as Ireland defeated Scotland 1-0 at Aviv Stadium in Dublin to claim their first trophy in 25 years.

Trapattoni said it was a great effort by the squad to come away with this win which should give them confidence ahead of Saturday's Euro2012 qualifying clash with Macedonia.

"I said it would not be an easy game but we wanted to win this trophy," the Italian said.

"We are very satisfied. We tried three or four options and these options played very well.

"We scored nine goals and conceded nil. That is a demonstration that the team played with good discipline.

"I was confident about the result and when we play with this discipline and mentality it is possible to achieve every result.

"We can go to Macedonia with more confidence to achieve an important result."

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