The striker pulled out of the squad for Wednesday's clash after suffering a shoulder injury against Israel on Saturday.
Robbie did the damage as early as the third minute at Lansdowne Road but although clearly struggling, was able to score a delightful goal from Andy Reid's pass after 11 minutes to put Ireland 2-0 up.
Unfortunately, it went downhill from there - Robbie had a goal disallowed after 25 minutes, had to be substituted two minutes later and then had to watch as Israel first hauled the scoreline back to 2-2 and then somehow kept the Irish out in the second half.
Spurs coach and Ireland assistant manager Chris told us this afternoon: "Robbie has some bruising of the tendon and bone in his right shoulder but he's okay.
"Our problem is that it's a fresh injury and he won't be ready in time for Wednesday, so we've pulled him out of the squad. If we had more time he might well have been available.
"He managed to score that goal against Israel even though he was injured and you know Robbie's in pain when he has to come off.
"It's a blow for him to miss out on Wednesday because he loved playing for his country and a massive blow to us as well."
Chris agreed it was great for both club and country that Andy and Robbie linked up so well - in similar fashion to a goal Robbie scored against Portsmouth at the Lane last season.
Andy was later substituted but Chris added: "Andy did well and even though we took him off that was a tactical decision and no reflection on his performance."
Chris Hughton has assured Spurs fans that Robbie Keane is not seriously injured - even though he's had to withdraw from the Republic of Ireland's World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands.