Associated Press  |  Last updated June 07, 2013
Robbie Keane scored a hat trick and set an Irish record with his 126th international appearance in a 3-0 win over the Faeroe Islands in a World Cup qualifier at Dublin on Friday night. The Los Angeles Galaxy forward scored from close range in the fifth, 56th and 81st minutes, increasing his Irish record goals total to 59. He broke goalkeeper Shay Given's mark 125 appearances. Ireland (3-1-2) moved into the third place in Group C, overtaking Sweden (2-1-2), which lost 2-1 at Austria as David Alaba and Marc Janko scored for the hosts. Germany (5-0-1) leads the group, followed by Austria (3-1-2), which is ahead of the Irish on goal difference. The nine European group winners qualify for the 32-nation field in Brazil next year, and the top eight second-place teams advance to playoffs.
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