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Posted on 7 September 2010  - 12:00

Robbie Keane took another step towards the half-century goal milestone as the Republic of Ireland beat Andorra in Euro 2012 qualifying on Tuesday night.

International round-up

Robbie Keane took another step towards the half-century goal milestone as the Republic of Ireland beat Andorra in Euro 2012 qualifying on Tuesday night.

The Republic skipper and record goalscorer took his record to 44 goals in 102 caps with the third and clinching goal in the first competitive match at the all-new Aviva Stadium.

It was a typical goal from Keano, who ran onto Aiden McGeady's pass in the 54th minute, spotted Andorra keeper Jose Antonio Gomes rushing out and calmly dinked over him into the far corner.

Kevin Doyle and Kevin Kilbane also scored as the Republic made it two wins out of two in Group B.

It was a mixed bag for our players in Euro 2012 qualifying action.

Rafael Van der Vaart helped set-up Holland's opening goal in a 2-1 win against Finland in Group E.

Our deadline day recruit from Real Madrid took a short corner to Wesley Sneijder and his cross was headed home by Klass Jan Huntelaar at the De Kuip in Rotterdam.

Huntelaar soon made it 2-0 from the penalty spot, Mikael Forsell replied for Finland and Rafael tested goalkeeper Otto Fredrikson with a fierce drive on the half-hour.

Rafael was substituted in the 64th minute and his side held on to make it two wins out of two.

Rafael v Fin

Alan Hutton played 90 minutes as Scotland were on the verge of a shock against minnows Liechtenstein in Group I.

Liechtenstein took the lead in the second half but Scotland were rescued first by Kenny Miller's equaliser and then a winner from Steven McManus in the seventh minute of injury time. Scotland have four points from two matches.

Vedran Corluka, Niko Kranjcar and Luka Modric all played 90 minutes as Croatia were held to a goalless draw by Greece in Group F.

Not surprisingly, Croatia dominated the game in Zagreb, but Niko and Luka were both denied by Michalis Sifakis in the Greece goal in the first half. Niko also went close in the second half, but it wasn't to be. Croatia sit on four points after two games. Stipe Pletikosa was an unused substitute.

It wasn't a great night for Roman Pavlyuchenko and Russia though as they lost 1-0 at home to Slovakia in Group B.

'Pav' entered the fray as a 71st-minute substitute and fired in a late effort to no avail at the Lokomotiv Stadium in Moscow.

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