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Have no regrets, Keane tells Republic

Robbie Keane has told his Republic of Ireland team-mates to have no regrets tonight.

The Republic are underdogs as they enter the World Cup play-off second leg in Paris trailing 1-0 from Saturday’s game at Croke Park, but there remains hope that they can shock France and make it to the finals in South Africa.

The French side is littered with talent, but should the Republic get in front, all the pressure will be on the home side in front of their demanding fans. That will be the aim for Keane and co in what promises to be an intriguing affair.

“As a team, we know exactly what we have to do — we have to go out and perform and make sure we have got no regrets,” said captain Keane.

“It has been a decent campaign for us but it will mean nothing if we don't produce tonight.”

Manager Giovanni Trapattoni is confident his players will not allow their anger to boil over.

There were a series of furious confrontations on the pitch at Croke Park with the bust-ups sparked by Lassana Diarra's comments to Keith Andrews — which he has since denied making — suggesting that the Republic's dream was at an end.

Trapattoni said: “We must play with cool heads, but warm hearts. If we keep cool heads, we can use our feet to score goals.”

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