PHOTOS: Former Tottenham hero makes history as Ireland thrash Gibraltar 7-0

Robbie Keane

LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane is now the top scorer in European Qualifying history.

The Republic of Ireland continued to offer Gibraltar a rude awakening to life in top-class international football. Martin O'Neill's side thrashed their opponents 7-0 last night in Dublin.

And the night belonged to Robbie Keane. The former Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool striker was on fire in front if his loving fans. The LA Galaxy forward scored a 12 minute hat-trick to make him the most prolific goal-scorer in European qualifying history.

Gibraltar offered little resistance, with goalkeeper Jordan Perez clearly out of his depth at this level. His performance was so bad - his manger pulled him out of the action after Wes Hoolahan made it seven.

Wigan winger James McLean also helped himself to a brace an own goal from the hapless Perez completing the scoring.

The result was so emphatic that Ireland essentially gave up after Hoolahan bagged the seventh - and Gibraltar were thankful for that.

Ireland are now second in the group, joint on points with Poland after two wins apiece. They are above Scotland and Germany - who both currently have three points.

Ireland's next game is against Germany on Tuesday evening.

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