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Cuper not Keane on penalty call

Georgia's manager Hector Cuper was left fuming as Robbie Keane's double snatched a vital World Cup victory for the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday night.

Georgia's manager Hector Cuper was left fuming as Robbie Keane's double snatched a vital World Cup victory for the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday night. The Tottenham front man beat goalkeeper Giorgi Lomaia twice inside five second-half minutes to cancel out Alexander Iashvili's first-minute opener and take Ireland level with champions Italy at the top of Group Eight. But the Finnish referee, Jouni Hyytia, astonished virtually everyone inside Croke Park when he pointed to the spot for Keane's first goal, after the ball appeared to hit defender Ucha Lobjanidze's shoulder. The Argentine Cuper said: "My players are angry, especially because no one could understand the reason why the penalty was given. I didn't see anything and couldn't see why it was awarded. I'm not saying we deserved to win, but we didn't deserve to lose."

* PA Sport