Robbie Keane celebrates his winning goal at Craven Cottage
Robbie Keane's early goal earned the Republic of Ireland a fortunate victory over a slick Colombia outfit in Thursday's friendly at Craven Cottage.
The Republic started well with Keane's deflected effort beating goalkeeper Robinson Zapata in the third minute.
However, the classy Colombians dominated the remainder of the first half and Republic goalkeeper Dean Kiely produced a series of outstanding saves.
Colombia were not as dominant after the break as the Republic held on to win.
Damien Duff was a late withdrawal from the Republic side because of injury but they did not have to wait long to take the lead as Keane struck after some sloppy Colombian defending.
Liam Miller won possession on the edge of the box and fed Keane, whose snapshot deflected off Gonzalez and beat goalkeeper Robinson Zapata with full-back Cristian Zapata unable to hack it off the line.
However, the Colombians regrouped to totally boss the remainder of the first half with Freddy Guarin pulling the strings.
In the eighth minute, Macnelly Torres' ball over the top caught Richard Dunne flat-footed and Paul McShane made a great last-ditch tackle to dispossess Edixon Perea.
Perea and Juan Carlos Escobar then missed glorious chances to level during a frantic goalmouth scramble.
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