LA Galaxy forward, Robbie Keane, and the Republic of Ireland has been eliminated from the European Championship after losing to France, 2-1, in the Round of 16.
Robbie Keane and the Republic of Ireland’s run in the European championships have come to an end after being defeated by France in the Round of 16. The LA Galaxy striker has come off of the bench for Ireland in their three group stage matches. He was an unused substitute in their loss to the host country of France.
Not many people expected the Republic of Ireland to make it out of the group stages up the tournament but they surprised everyone by finishing third in Group E with four total points and making it into the knockout stages. They were in a group that consisted of Sweden, Belgium, and Italy.
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Ireland was matched up with France who is the host of this year’s Euro 2016 tournament. Antoine Griezmann scored both goals for France as he led them to a victory. Robbie Brady scored an early goal for the Republic of Ireland in the second minute to give the team hope.
Keane has been seldom used during the European Championships even though he is Ireland’s all-time leading scorer. The 35-year old striker was coming off of a calf injury before the tournament and this very may well be his last European tournament. He did not score a goal during this year’s tournament.
Robbie will now come back to the United States and join his club who have struggled without him. The LA Galaxy will be happy to see Keane come back healthy after his international break. They have been lacking scoring with him out of the line-up.
It is unclear when Keane will make his return to the LA Galaxy and when he will play in an MLS match but the team has a rough stretch with a group of games coming in close succession. They will need Robbie’s scoring ability as they look to improve on their recent results. Keane represented the team well on the international stage with the Republic of Ireland.