Round-up of the action from Wednesday eveningStephen Quinn featured in Ireland’s 4-0 friendly win against Oman in Dublin on Wednesday evening – a fixture that will be most widely remembered as the last of Robbie Keane’s 146 international appearances for his country.
Our midfield man played the first 64 minutes of the fixture at the Aviva Stadium to win his 17th cap, before being replaced by Callum O’Dowda just after the final goal of the game.
The fixtures served as a warm-up for Quinn’s country in their World Cup 2018 qualifying campaign, which begins against Serbia on Monday evening. And it took just seven minutes for the deadlock to be broken when Robbie Brady curled a free-kick up and over the wall to beat Omani stopper Faiz Al-Rushaidi, who was standing in for regular stopper Ali Al-Habsi.
Then came the magic moment when Keane – who netted three times at Madejski Stadium in his club career – grabbed his farewell goal. Receiving from Jonathan Walters, the 36-year-old flicked over the head of his marker before volleying in a delightful goal.
Walters himself grabbed a goal either side of half-time – first heading in Brady’s cross after Quinn had found the Norwich man on the left, and then some more neat footwork from the Reading midfielder allowed him to be released to round the stopper.
And now Quinn will be targeting a place in the starting XI in Stadion Crvena Zvezda in the Serbian capital Belgrade.
Elsewhere in Europe, Sandro Wieser played 79 minutes for Liechtenstein in Denmark, where the hosts ran out 5-0 winners.
Wieser, one of the few professional players in his nation of 37,000 people - who are ranked 182nd in the world, was charged with trying to shackle the likes of Spurs midfielder Christian Eriksen in their friendly fixture. But Nicolai Jørgensen netted twice before the break for the world's number-44 country, before Andreas Cornelius, Viktor Fischer and Jens Stryger Larsen added goals in the second half at the Casa Arena Horsens.
Meanwhile, midfielder John Swift has withdrawn from England Under-21 duty with a slight knock, and will stay with the Royals in preparation for our next outing against Ipswich Town. The Young Lions currently sit on top of Group 9 in their Under-21 European Championship qualifiers ahead of next year’s finals tournament.