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Ton up for Robbie

Posted on 11 August 2010  - 12:00

Robbie Keane won his 100th cap for the Republic of Ireland - but there was no dream goal to cap his personal landmark against Argentina.

Ton up for Robbie

Robbie Keane won his 100th cap for the Republic of Ireland - but there was no dream goal to cap his personal landmark against Argentina.

It was the perfect night as skipper Robbie led out his side in the first international at the all-new Aviva Stadium in Dublin with his young son, Robbie Jnr, in his arms.

But Argentina proved party poopers on the night to secure a 1-0 win in the friendly match.

The winning goal from Angel Di Maria in the 20th minute had more than a hint of offside about it as Argentina, now coached by Sergio Batista and including the likes of Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano and Gabriel Higuain, dominated the first half.

Chances were few and far between for Robbie and Ireland but that changed in the second half.

Typically, Robbie was central to it as he first lost two defenders and fizzed in a cross that just evaded Cillian Sheridan.

He was then denied a shooting chance by a fine tackle from Dimichelis and finally, in injury time, he failed to connect with an attempted overhead kick from close range.

It ended 1-0 and Robbie stays on 43 goals having joined the Republic's 100 club of Shay Given, Steve Staunton and Kevin Kilbane.