Robbie Keane is confident the Republic of Ireland are capable of beating Germany
Robbie Keane is adamant Ireland will head into their next 2014 World Cup qualifier against Germany with confidence.
Last Updated: 08/09/12 10:42am
Ireland were in danger of suffering a shock defeat against Kazakhstan before Robbie Keane equalised with an 89th minute penalty and Kevin Doyle scored in the last minute to clinch a 2-1 win.
It was arguably the worst performance of Giovanni Trapattoni's reign and next up for Ireland after Tuesday's friendly against Oman is a World Cup qualifier against Germany on 12th October in Dublin.
Keane admits his team must up their game if they are to beat the Germans, but the Republic skipper insists victory over the Group C favourites is not beyond the men in green.
"We're always confident of winning against anyone at home, regardless of who they are," said Keane.
"Germany are the favourites and are probably a better team than we are but if we give it everything we can get the win.
"It will be a completely different game. Germany will want to come out and try to win the game whereas Kazakhstan sat back and defended as one.
"We will be at home in front of our fans as well so it will be a good opportunity for us."
Having endured a long trip across half the planet to get to Astana, Los Angeles Galaxy striker Keane is just happy to have snatched the win despite all the controversy engulfing the squad.
The former Tottenham man now hopes the team can build on the victory and once again prove the doubters wrong.
"It wasn't a good performance but at the end of the day it doesn't matter. We have three points on the board," Keane added.
"We had the same situation last time around when we played Armenia (during Euro 2012 qualification).
"We won the game and people said it wasn't a good performance. It wasn't, and I think it's going to be the same for us with what happened in Kazakhstan.
"Kazakhstan is going to be a tough place for teams to come - to play in those conditions on that Astroturf pitch after such a big flight and time difference, I'm sure teams will find it hard here."