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Keane celebrates Irish record with hat trick; Belgium and Portugal move into first place
June 8th, 2013 12:13AM

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TAGS:  belgium, italy, portugal, russia, scotland, world cup 2014

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[WORLD CUP 2014 QUALIFYING: Europe] LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane set an Irish record with his 126th international appearance and celebrated with a hat trick in a 3-0 win over the Faeroe Islands in World Cup qualifying at Dublin.

The win moved the Irish into a tie for second place with Austria, a 2-1 winner over Sweden, in Group C behind Germany.

Belgium opened a three-point lead in Group A thanks to a 2-1 win over Serbia on goals by Kevin De Bruyne and Marouane Fellaini and Scotland's first win in seven games, a 1-0 win at second-place Croatia.

Helder Postiga scored in the ninth minute to give Portugal a 1-0 win over Russia that moved it into first place in Group F.

Mario Balotelli was sent off in Italy's 0-0 tie at the Czech Republic.

Group A
Croatia 0 Scotland 1.
Scorer: Robert Snodgrass 26
Belgium 2 Serbia 1
Scorers: Kevin De Bruyne 13, Marouane Fellaini 60; Aleksandar Kolarov 87
PTS TEAM W-T-L +/1
19 Belgium 6-1-0 13/2
16 Croatia 5-1-1 10/4
7 Serbia 2-1-4 9/9
6 Wales 2-0-4 6/14
5 Scotland 1-2-4 4/9
4 Macedonia 1-1-4 3/7

Group B
Armenia 0 Malta 1.
Scorer: Michael Mifsud 8
Czech Republic 0 Italy 0.
Tuesday: Denmark-Malta.
PTS TEAM W-T-L +/1
14 Italy 4-2-0 12/4
10 Bulgaria 2-4-0 11/4
9 Czech Republic 2-3-1 6/4
6 Denmark 1-3-1 6/5
3 Armenia 1-0-4 2/8
3 Malta 1-0-5 2/14

Group C
Austria 2 Sweden 1
Scorers: David Alaba 26 pen., Marc Janko 32; Johan Elmander 82
Ireland 3 Faroe Islands 0
Scorers: Robbie Keane 5, 56, 81
Sweden-Faeroe Islands.
PTS TEAM W-T-L +/1
16 Germany 5-1-0 22/7
11 Austria 3-2-1 15/5
11 Ireland 3-2-1 12/10
8 Sweden 2-2-1 9/7
1 Kazakhstan 0-1-5 2/15
0 Faeroe Islands 0-0-5 2/18

Group D
PTS TEAM W-T-L +/1
18 Netherlands 6-0-0 20/2
11 Hungary 3-2-1 13/8
10 Romania 3-1-2 10/10
7 Turkey 2-1-3 7/7
6 Estonia 2-0-4 3/9
0 Andorra 0-0-6 0/17

Group E
Iceland 2 Slovenia 4
Scorers: Birkir Bjarnason 22, Alfred Finnbogason 26 pen.; Andraz Kirm 11, Valter Birsa 31 pen., Bostjan Cesar 61, Rene Krhin 85
Albania 1 Norway 1
Scorers: Valdet Rama 41; Tom Hogli 87
Saturday: Switzerland-Cyprus.
PTS TEAM W-T-L +/1
11 Switzerland 3-2-0 7/1
10 Albania 3-1-2 7/6
9 Iceland 3-0-3 8/9
8 Norway 2-2-2 7/7
6 Slovenia 2-0-4 8/10
4 Cyprus 1-1-3 4/8

Group F
Azerbaijan 1 Luxembourg 1
Scorers: Ruslan Abishov 71; Stefano Bensi 80
Red card: Azerbaijan -- Branimir Subasic  84.
Portugal 1 Russia 0
Scorer: Helder Postiga 9
PTS TEAM W-T-L +/1
13 Portugal 4-2-1 12/6
12 Russia 4-0-1 8/1
11 Israel 3-2-1 15/8
4 Azerbaijan 0-4-3 3/9
3 Northern Ireland 0-3-3 2/7
3 Luxembourg 0-3-3 3/13

Group G
Latvia 0 Bosnia 5
Scorers: Senad Lulic 48, Vedad Ibisevic 53, Haris Medunjanin 63, Miralem Pjanic 80, Edin Dzeko 82
Red Card: Latvia -- Aleksandrs Fertovs 11.
Liechtenstein 1 Slovakia 1
Scorers: Martin Buechel 13; Jan Durica 73.
Lithuania 0 Greece 1
Scorer: Lazaros Christodoulopoulos 20
PTS TEAM W-T-L +/1
16 Bosnia 5-1-0 23/3
13 Greece 4-1-1 7/4
9 Slovakia 2-3-1 7/5
5 Lithuania 1-2-3 4/8
4 Latvia 1-1-4 6/14
2 Liechtenstein 0-2-4 3/16

Group H
Moldova 1 Poland 1
Scorers: Eugeniu Sidorenco 37; Jakub Blaszczykowski 7
Montenegro 0 Ukraine 4
Scorers: Denys Garmash 52, Yevhen Konoplyanka 77, Artem Fedetskiy 85, Roman Bezus 90+2
Red cards: Vladimir Volkov 66, Savo Pavicevic 79; Ukraine -- Roman Zozulia 45.
PTS TEAM W-T-L +/1
14 Montenegro 4-2-1 14/7
12 England 3-3-0 21/3
11 Ukraine 3-2-1 10/4
9 Poland 2-3-1 12/7
5 Moldova 1-2-4 4/11
0 San Marino 0-0-6 0/29

Group I
Finland 1 Belarus 0
Scorers: Kasper Hamalainen 57
Red card: Belarus -- Pavel Nekhaichik 90.
Tuesday: Belarus-Finland.
PTS TEAM W-T-L +/1
11 Spain 3-2-0 8/2
10 France 3-1-1 8/4
5 Finland 1-2-1 3/5
4 Georgia 1-1-3 3/7
3 Belarus 1-0-3 3/9



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