Robbie Keane to avoid Spain defeat

12 June 2012 04:18

Skipper Robbie Keane has sounded the battle-cry ahead of the Republic of Ireland's potentially decisive Euro 2012 date with Spain.

The 31-year-old striker and his team-mates know their first trip to a major tournament in a decade will effectively be over if they lose to the reigning world and European champions in Gdansk on Thursday night following their opening 3-1 defeat by Croatia on Sunday, and he is well aware of the size of the task facing the Republic.

Keane is backing the Irish to come out fighting in the quest for a positive result, and he said: "We shouldn't be here if that wasn't the case. We believe we can go into every game and win. They are one of the best teams in the world, but there's no reason why we can't play against them and get something out of the game."

He added: "We go into every game hoping to get three points, so that would be our main aim.

"It's very difficult as a player to go into a game thinking that you just want to get a point. It's very hard to do that as a player and we will certainly go in hoping to get three points. But it wouldn't be the end of the world if we did get a point."

It is very nearly do-or-die for Giovanni Trapattoni's men, who will need to take at least four points from their encounters with the Spaniards and Italy and hope other results go their way if they are to reach the quarter-finals. However, Keane is confident that the pressure that brings will have little effect.

He said: "There's always pressure, there's pressure before we came into the championship, you have to get results. It's going to be no different than it has been before.

"Before this game, people hadn't given us chance, so what have we got to lose?

"For me, it's just another game. Of course it's a massive game, but every game we play in is a massive game whether it's in the championship or a qualifier.

"It doesn't really matter, it's just another game, it's another game that hopefully we can get three points from."

Source: PA

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