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Published 01/09/2016

Robbie Keane played his last match for Republic of Ireland on Wednesday night
Robbie Keane played his last match for Republic of Ireland on Wednesday night

Robbie Keane made his 146th and last appearance for the Republic of Ireland in Wednesday night's 4-0 friendly win over Oman at the Aviva Stadium.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at how his evening went.

RECEPTION

After tributes from the likes of Brazil great Pele, Los Angeles Galaxy team-mate Steven Gerrard and U2 frontman Bono were played on the big screen before kick-off, Keane was warmly welcomed by a sparse but enthusiastic crowd as he walked out with his sons Robert and Hudson to be formally presented with his 146th international cap. Cheers rang around the stadium once again when the clock ticked on to 10 minutes, his shirt number.

PERFORMANCE

Keane endured a frustrating start to the game as the ball failed to fall for him, but was not found wanting when the one chance he needed came his way.

DEPARTURE

Fifty-seven minutes had been played when Keane was handed the ovation he so richly deserved as the crowd rose as one to acknowledge his contribution to the nation's sporting history.

EMOTION

Keane just about kept his emotions in check as he emerged from the tunnel at the Aviva Stadium for the last time, and then again as he left the pitch on a night when he was joined by his family to celebrate a remarkable international career.

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