Keane error cost us - Staunton

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Ireland manager Steve Staunton accused captain Robbie Keane of committing "a cardinal sin" that cost the side victory in the goalless draw against Germany.

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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