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Callum Robinson: Two Goals Silence Ireland's Critics

Callum Robinson: Two Goals Silence Ireland's Critics

It's safe to say it's been an eventful week for Callum Robinson. He made sure the focus was on his business on the pitch on Saturday evening with two excellent goals for Ireland against Azerbaijan in Baku.

Robinson's two strikes had Ireland 2-0 up at half-time. It was the first time in five years that the boys in green had taken a two-goal lead away from home.

Callum Robinson scores brace for Ireland

Callum Robinson made headlines with his comments surrounding COVID vaccinations. Despite contracting the virus twice, Robinson asserted that he had made a personal choice not to be vaccinated.

His comments brought about discussions and comment from the likes of Joe Duffy and Shay Given, but it was his goals in Baku that made the headlines on Saturday night.

In just the seventh minute, Robinson gave Stephen Kenny's men a dream start. He broke away from the Azerbaijan defence and rifled the ball into the net with a very tidy finish to score his second international goal.

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He debuted a new celebration after giving Ireland the lead, which seemed like a pointed response to the criticism he has received from many angles this week.

He was Ireland's best player on the pitch in the first half, injecting pace and impetus into each attack. He got his reward with a second goal before half time.

Approaching the interval, Callum Robinson once again tried his luck from outside the area. With the help of a deflection en route, Robbo netted his third strike in an Ireland jersey to give them a 2-0 half-time lead.

It's certainly been an eventful week for Callum Robinson. He will hope that it is his goals in Baku that will be remembered, not his controversial comments in midweek.

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