Ireland’s Greatest Goal: Robbie Keane’s 2002 strike against Germany tops poll

Ronnie Whelan snubbed. Outrageous.


Irish punters have voted for the nation’s greatest goal and Robbie Keane’s last-minute strike against three-time world champions Germany in the 2002 World Cup has netted him the accolade.

In an online poll on Friday, our followers voted for three finalists from a list of the 12 most unforgettable moments in the history of Republic of Ireland soccer.

But it was the Dubliner’s iconic goal that secured 37.2% of votes in the final, pipping the moment Ray Houghton stuck the ball in the back of England’s net in Stuttgart in 1988 (32.2%) to the post.

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Germany featured once again when it came to the goal voted into third by over 6,000 participants.

The third finalist was Shane Long’s venomous shot past Manuel Neuer to put Ireland ahead of the reigning world champions during a breathless EURO 2016 qualifier in the Aviva Stadium, which received 30.6%.

Also included in the poll was Ray Houghton’s strike against Italy in Giants Stadium back in 1994, Robbie Brady’s goal against Italy in the 2016 Euro’s and Wes Hoolahan’s sweet strike against Sweden during the same tournament four years ago.

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