Video: Emotional farewell from Robbie Keane at Aviva Stadium

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Video: Emotional farewell from Robbie Keane at Aviva Stadium

Robbie Keane's international career came to a fairytale end at the Aviva last night as he found the net in a thumping 4-0 win over Oman.

His goal on the half hour helped Keane to his 68th international goal, the same tally as German legend Gerd Muller, in a fitting finale to one of the greatest ever football careers in Irish history.

After the game, Keane admitted it's been a tough week for him - knowing he would only make one more appearance for the Boys in Green.

An emotional Keane told eir Sport: "It's been obviously an emotional week for me and the family and all I can say is thank you very much to everyone for coming out and supporting me.

"It's been an absolutely wonderful 18 years, I've enjoyed every minute of it.

"I'm just delighted that the manager gave me the opportunity to say goodbye to the fans and all I can do is wish the lads good luck on Monday and going forward.

"I was a fan at 17 years of age making my debut and now I'll be in the stands watching this team going forward with a great management staff, so I wish them well.

"I could feel the whole crowd, all the players and the management staff were desperate for me to score that one last time and I'm just delighted I got the goal.

"And more importantly to finish on a high with this fantastic group of players, fantastic management staff.

"And to the best fans in the world I just want to say thank you very much and I wish you well.

"It was very tough (emotionally) but it is what it is and I'm just happy with this reception, I'm delighted with everybody and now I look forward to sitting back and watching as a fan going forward."