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LA Galaxy’s Robbie Keane scores 12-minute hat trick for Republic of Ireland



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Robbie Keane’s sensational form in Major League Soccer has carried over to the international stage after he smashed in three goals in 12 first half minutes for the Republic of Ireland on Saturday.

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In his hometown of Dublin, Keane scored in the 6th, 12th and 18th minutes to put Ireland 3-0 up over European minnows Gibraltar in Group D of their EURO 2016 qualifying campaign.

Keane side-footed home the first from close range, before latching onto a through ball and finishing coolly for the second. His third came from the penalty spot, as Ireland tore apart Gibraltar in the first half.

The LA Galaxy skipper has now scored 65 goals in 135 international games for Ireland and has scored eight times in his last four matches for the Emerald Isle. Not bad...

Keane, 34, has been on a tear in recent months in MLS and has put up some stunning numbers at the StubHub Center. This season he has scored 19 goals and added 14 assists and is the overwhelming favorite to be crowned the 2014 MLS MVP in his fourth campaign Stateside.

With no retirement plans in sight from international soccer and MLS, Keane is now the highest scoring international player still active and has moved up to 12th in the all-time list of international scorers alongside Didier Drogba.

Take a bow, Mr. Keane.

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