In the first half Tottenham striker Keane had one chance when he was played through by Charlton´s Andy Reid, only to see German veteran and Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann save with his leg. But then five minutes into the second half Keane tamely attempted a lob that Lehmann gratefully claimed, and with it went Ireland´s last realistic hope of qualification.
"I thought the first chance was a very good save from Lehmann," reflected Staunton. "Robbie was unlucky as he did everything right, trying to place the ball between the keeper´s legs. For the second, I think he thought he was offside and didn´t play to the whistle, which is a cardinal sin."
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