Sheffield Wednesday's Keiren Westwood impresses as Republic of Ireland beat Uruguay

Keiren Westwood collects the ball in the Republic of Ireland's friendly with Uruguay in Dublin. PIC: Press Association

Keiren Westwood collects the ball in the Republic of Ireland's friendly with Uruguay in Dublin. PIC: Press Association

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Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Keiren Westwood made an impressive appearance from the bench as the Republic of Ireland beat Uruguay 3-1 in Dublin.

The Owls stopper came on for West Ham's Darren Randolph at half time and put himself back in the frame for a starting place in next week's World Cup qualifier at home to Austria.

The Republic had gone in front through Jon Walters, but an error from Randolph had the visitors, who were without star man Luis Suarez, level seven minutes before the break.

The recognised first choice keeper made a poor attempt at claiming a Egidio Arevalo Rios free kick and Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez scored with an effort which looped in off his shoulder.

Cyrus Christie had the Irish back in front, six minutes after half time and Martin O'Neill's side were well on top in the second period.

However, they had Westwood to thank for still being in front in the 68th minute when Wednesday's Player of the Year brilliantly turned away another header from Gimenez which seemed destined for the bottom corner.

Keiren Westwood makes a save in the Republic of Ireland's friendly with Uruguay in Dublin. PIC: Press Association

Keiren Westwood makes a save in the Republic of Ireland's friendly with Uruguay in Dublin. PIC: Press Association

James McClean made sure of the win for the Republic with 13 minutes remaining, thumping past the keeper after picking up a pass from Daryl Murphy

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