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Watch: Robbie Keane relives the goal that changed his life, scored 15 years ago today

By Gareth Hanna

Monday, June 5 2002. Where were you? I was still in Primary School and we all got out of class to watch one of the biggest 'where were you' moments in Irish football history.

Missing an afternoon of spellings, I was delighted. But it was an even better day for Robbie Keane, who fired the Republic of Ireland to a 1-1 draw with Germany via his dramatic injury-time equaliser. The point would help Keane's side through the group stages and into the last 16, where they eventually lost to Spain on penalties.

It was the goal that cemented his legacy, and in his own words, was “the moment that changed my life”. Now, in an interview with Three, as part of the team sponsor’s #TheCallUp campaign, Robbie recalls that famous moment he put the ball past Oliver Kahn at the Kashima Soccer Stadium in Japan.

Robbie remembers how Germany went ahead early on in the game, but as the clock wore on he thought “We’ve got a chance here!” - a feeling bolstered by the introduction of substitute Niall Quinn in the 73rd minute.

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