Thursday, April 2, 2009

Keane: We can win the group

Robbie Keane has warned reigning World Cup champions Italy that Ireland are ready to inflict further pain on them as the World Cup qualifying campaign comes to a finale.

Ireland stunned the world champions in Bari on Wednesday night when Keane snatched an 87th-minute equaliser to ensure the race for top spot in Group Eight is still alive and up for grabs.

Marcello Lippi's team remain two points clear of Ireland, who bounced back from their failure to beat Bulgaria at Croke Park on Saturday to deny the Italians a five-point lead at the top of group 8.

Robbie said: "We are still hanging in there. We still have Italy to play at home and we still have some tough games away as well - but Italy do as well.

"It is still hanging in the balance."

Asked if Ireland could still win the group, Keane replied: "Of course we can."

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