Tuesday March 26, 2013 1st Round: Group C Finished Aviva Stadium

Republic of Ireland 2 - 2 Austria

  • Walters 25’ (pen.), 45’
  • Harnik 11’
  • Alaba 90’

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  1. World Cup - Last-gasp Alaba goal sees Austria draw in Dublin

    World Cup - Last-gasp Alaba goal sees Austria draw in Dublin

    David Alaba's stoppage-time effort salvaged a 2-2 draw for Austria in their World Cup qualifier against Ireland in Dublin. More

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    • Republic of Ireland
    • Austria
    • 90+3' The final whistle is blown. Ireland throw away two points as David Alaba's deflected effort in the last minute salvages a draw for Austria.
    • 90+2' GOAL!! Austria score and break Irish hearts. Alaba’s strike from 20 yards takes a deflection off substitute Sean St. Ledger and into the back of the net.
    • 90+1' Ireland living on the edge here. Harnik whips in a ball from the left and, somehow, the ball finds its way to Janko at the far post. The striker looks very awkward on his left foot and completely misses the ball.
    • 90' Paul Green wins a free kick deep into the Austrian half. The whistle is met by a huge cheer from the crowd. Three minutes will be added on.
    • 89' A well-worked free kick sees Alaba find Harnik unmarked at the far post. The winger sends his header towards goal but the angle is against him and Forde gathers with relative ease.
    • 87' The hosts are struggling to get out of their own half at the moment. Dragovic looks to find Janko with a lofted ball. O’Shea clatters into the back of the Austrian striker and a free kick is given. Trapattoni is not happy with the decision.
    • 86' O’Shea’s first touch puts the Ireland defence under pressure with Weimann and Janko bearing down on the ball. The former Manchester united defender recovers well to clear the ball for a throw-in.
    • 85' Walters has taken up a more central role now. Austria continue to come forward as Ireland sit deep. Can they hold out in these last five minutes or will Austria find an equaliser in the dying minutes?
    • 83' Paul Green comes on in place of Shane Long. Trapattoni looks keen to consolidate this margin with that defensive change.
    • 82' Long, working tirelessly, closes down Fuchs and wins the ball. The Reading man feeds Walters down the right who is able to cross for McClean at the back post. The winger is able to get his head to the ball but the effort on goal is from 15 yards and fails to test Lindner.
    • 81' Alaba once again drives forward from the midfield position and sends in an enticing cross from the left. Janko throws himself at the ball but is a distance away from it. Forde claims.
    • 80' Silly. Long is dispossessed on the halfway line which he is not too pleased with. The striker is instantly up on his feet to chase the ball down but commits a needless foul. That’ll be a yellow card and he’ll miss the next qualifier against the Faroes.
    • 79' It looked like Ireland had turned a corner following that decent spell at the end of the first half which saw them take the lead but there has been no respite for the defence throughout the entirety of this second half.
    • 78' Weimann again pulls free of a defender to take control of the ball. The Villa front man lofts a ball into the box which O’Shea clears. He’s fouled by Janko which will relieve the Irish defence.
    • 77' Long drifts away from his marker and gathers the ball in between the two centre backs. In a flash the striker swivels to fire at goal. Lindner is equal to it, but the flag was raised anyway.
    • 76' Ireland are defending on the edge of their 18 yard box. They’re just inviting Austria to attack. They need to be brave and defend further up the field or they could pay heavily for sitting back.
    • 75' Smart goalkeeping from Forde. Weimann finds some space down the left, takes on touch and then whips in a devilish ball. Janko is just inches away from getting his toe on the end of the ball but the Irish keeper is off his line in a flash to clear.
    • 74' Walters is back helping out his defence as Austria attack in numbers. Janko and Weimann link up well down the left but the Stoke City man intercepts to clear the ball.
    • 73' Sean St. Ledge replaces Ciaran Clark, who looks to have picked up an injury.
    • 71' Wilson fouls Arnautovic on the right but the referee plays the advantage as Harnik crosses. It’s a poor one and the ball is cleared. Austria are furious that the free kick is not given.
    • 70' Aston Villa’s Andreas Weimann replaces Veli Kevlak as Austria go in search of that vital goal.
    • 69' Whelan gets on the end of McClean's subsequent corner and volleys towards goal. He does superbly well with his back to goal but can only send it wide. Better from the hosts.
    • 68' McClean’s cross from the right causes all sorts of trouble in the Austria box as Dragovic gets his head to it but turns it towards his own goal. Lindner somehow manages to acrobatically turn the ball over the bar. Great save.
    • 66' Long is sent down the right. He does brilliantly to create some space and then gets to the byline but his cross is poor and is cleared by Pogatetz.
    • 65' Baumgartlinger drives down the right and looks to pull the ball back to Alaba in the Ireland penalty area. The Bayern man looks to be teeing up his shot but Janko steals in and wastes the chance.
    • 64' “Marc Wilson’s got three,” shouts David Forde. Fortunately for Wilson the visiting side don’t spot the numerical advantage over on the other side of the pitch.
    • 63' Sammon continues to chase down everything. The Derby County man closes down Pogatetz who has no other option other than to turn back towards his goal and play the ball to the feet of Lindner. It’s all good and well working hard but Ireland just seem to be digging in at the moment.
    • 62' Philipp Hosiner is replaced by Marc Janko in a like-for-like swap for the visitors.
    • 61' These look to be troubling times for the hosts. Ireland are really struggling to retain possession. Trapattoni and Tardelli are conversing on the touchline. Could we be seeing a substitute sometime soon?
    • 60' Dragovic and Pogatetz play it around the back under a distinct lack of pressure. Finally Walter closes the men down, forcing the former to punt the ball up field.
    • 59' Ireland look to have lost their way over the last 8 or 9 minutes. They could do with getting the ball down and trying to play it at their tempo again. At the moment they’re being dictated by the visitors.
    • 58' Long looks to break for the hosts. The striker is the only man upfield for Ireland so attempts to go it alone. It’s a superb run from the No. 9 as he takes on three men but then runs out of legs and is dispossessed on the edge of the Austria penalty area.
    • 57' O’Shea’s got to be careful here. He drags Harnik to the floor and won’t be too many fouls away from receiving his second yellow card...
    • 56' The visitors come again. Arnautovic beats Coleman on the left and is able to take his time to send in a very decent cross. Garics has edged forward from right back and is in space to fire a first-time volley narrowly wide of the goal.
    • 55' The Austrians are starting to get a foothold in this second half. Alaba is the driving force from midfield as Harnik fires into the grateful arms of Forde from 20 yards.
    • 54' Coleman blindly plays the ball back to Forde and fails to see that Hosiner is hot on the heels of the keeper. Forde, however, was aware of the danger and was on his toes to clear.
    • 53' He may not be the most technically gifted but Sammon has worked his socks off for his country so far this evening. As I say that, he shows real naivety by fouling Garics deep in the Austrian half when the defender was going nowhere.
    • 52' Wilson gets away with one. The defender looks to clear the ball upfield from inside his own penalty area but can only find the backside of Hosiner. Fortunately for the Irish man the ball runs into the arms of Forde.
    • 51 Long reads the play well and is in the right place following Wilson’s flick-on. The striker takes the ball down well and is then brought down by Arnautovic as Ireland are awarded a free in a decent position.
    • 50' Wilson clatters into the back of Kavlak on the halfway line and concedes a free kick. It looks like a heavy clash of heads as both players are down.
    • 49' Great effort from McClean. The winger is the man to take the Ireland’s free kick from the right-hand side of the penalty area. The set-piece is struck superbly and looks to have the keeper beaten but it drifts into the side netting.
    • 48' McCarthy gets down the left and beats his man with a strong run before crossing from the byline. The ball is just behind the onsrushing Sammon as the Dragovic clears.
    • 47' Ireland were really in the ascendancy at the end of that first half and will want to start this second half in the same vein.
    • 46' The second half is under way. Ireland kick off.
    • 45+2' The first half is brought to an end. Ireland have come back from a goal down to lead 2-1 at the break.
    • 45+1' GOAL!! WALTERS SCORES AGAIN!! What a time to score. Glen Whelan’s free kick is met by the head of Jon Walters who sends the ball in-off the post. Ireland lead 2-1.
    • 45' McClean ventures down the left and should cross as he reaches the edge of the penalty area but opts to shoot. The ball takes a deflection out for corner.
    • 44' Long steals a march on Pogatetz and sends a cross towards Walters. The striker looks to cushion a header into the path of Sammon but doesn’t get it quite right. Looking back, Walters should have attempted to find Glen Whelan on the edge of the box who was completely unmarked.
    • 43' Kavlak is the first Austrian to go into the book. Shane Long produces a lovely bit of skill and is tripped over. Kavlak will now miss his side’s next match against Sweden.
    • 42' Heavy snow hast started to fall in Dublin as visibility is becoming an issue.
    • 41' Harnik exchanges a one-two with Baumgartlinger as the former advances into the box. Wilson pulls the shirt of the Austrian but gets away with it as the referee was on the wrong side.
    • 40' McClean whips in a very good free-kick from the right but Walters is climbing all over his man and a free kick is awarded. Frustrating stuff...
    • 39' WHAT AN EFFORT!! Shane Long produces a wonderful back-heeled effort following some good work but McCLean on the left. The Reading striker has his back to goal but can only find the base of the post with a well-improvised effort. Lindner was completely beaten.
    • 37' Forde, whose distribution is not the best, is put under pressure by Wilson who plays the ball back to the keeper’s left foot. The custodian clears the ball but gives the defender an earbashing.
    • 36' Ireland come again but Long is just a tad short when trying to latch onto McCarthy’s through ball as the ball rolls out for a goal kick.
    • 35' The hosts are getting very close to their opponents. They’re always on their heels and are trying to nick the ball away whenever the opportunity presents itself.
    • 34' John O’Shea goes into the book. He was far too close to Hosiner; tripping his man up as the Austrian attempted to wriggle away.
    • 33' That really was a very good header away under pressure. Pogatetz was facing his own goal and was being challenged by Walters but somehow managed to get the ball away to safety. He was at serious fault for making that rash challenge on Long to give away the penalty but has been solid so far tonight.
    • 32' McClean has been the hosts stand-out man so far. He’s been their out-ball so far tonight and has seen a lot of it on the left. The winger sends in another delightful ball but Pogatetz rises superbly to beat Walters in the air.
    • 31' Ireland have shown great resolve so far. They were under the cosh for the most part of the opening 20 minutes or so but were behind for just 13 minutes and are now looking to slowly build on that goal.
    • 30' The home side look to attack down the left. St. Ledger’s long ball is flicked on superbly by Wilson which sets McClean free down the flank. The winger’s centre is over-hit, however, and the ball drifts out for a goal kick.
    • 29' Fuchs’ free kick from the halfway line is sent deep. Clark is all over Hosiner as he wins the header but there are no complaints from the Austrians.
    • 28' The visitors are enjoying a decent spell of possession. Alaba collects the ball in the middle of the park and travels forward. The ball is swept out wide as Arnautovic crosses for Hosiner. Mark Wilson gives his man a nudge, and the attack breaks down as Forde claims.
    • 27' Julian Baumgartlinger has replaced the injured Zlatko Junuzovic for Austria.
    • 26' It really was a poor challenge from Pogatetz. Whelan sent Long down the line with a very smart ball but the Reading man was all on his own so there was no need for the Austria defender to make the challenge.
    • 25' GOAL FOR IRELAND!! An emphatic finish from Walters. The Stoke man slams the ball home – sending Lindner the wrong way.
    • 24' PENALTY TO IRELAND. Pogatetz brings Long down and Walters will have the chance to put the hosts back on level terms.
    • 24' There’s confusion in the box following McClean’s brilliant inswinging cross from the left. Lindner and Pogatetz both go for it and the ball comes loose. Fuchs is on hand to clear and then gives his goalkeeper an earful for not taking control.
    • 23' That yellow card will rule McCarthy out of Ireland’s next match. Austria are currently down to 10 men as Junuzovic is off the field for treatment.
    • 22' James McCarthy goes into the book for a rather poor challenge. It’s a 50/50 but the Ireland man flies into the tackle and clatters into Junuzovic. Austria captain Fuchs wants more than a yellow card awarded, but that’s all it really deserves.
    • 20' The visitors continue to see the majority of the ball. Each touch is greeted by a large cheer from the travelling fans.
    • 19' The home crowd are not happy as Shane Long certainly looks to have won a corner off Pogatetz but the linesman awards a goal kick. Poor decision again from that official.
    • 18' McClean takes the free kick which Lindner struggles to deal with. The keeper rushes off his line to punch but gets a weak hand on it. Walter’s gets on the end of the loose ball and tries to turn the ball back towards goal. The crowd shout for a penalty as the ball appears to hit the arm of Alaba, but that’s never going to be given.
    • 17' Austria are working really hard. They’re not giving the hosts a moment’s rest on the ball. Coleman is dragged to the floor by Arnautovic and a free kick is awarded in a decent position.
    • 16' Austria coach Marcel Koller said before the game that he would take a point here tonight, but it’s his side that are in the lead and are playing the better football at the moment. There’s no doubt that he’ll be the happier of the two men on the touch line so far...
    • 15' McClean is floored on the left flank but the Croatian referee refuses to award a free kick, much to the disgust of the home fans. Ireland regain the ball, though, and look to build an attack.
    • 14' Arnautovic is free down the left and is found by Fuchs. The Austria wide man takes a lovely touch before drilling the ball towards Hosiner at the far post. Clark is on hand to stick out a leg and clear the danger.
    • 13' Clark tried the same thing against Man City whilst playing for his club side Aston Villa recently. He just took a chance there and it didn’t pay off.
    • 12' GOAL!! AUSTRIA TAKE THE LEAD!! Ciaran Clark has a nightmare on this one. The defender tries a drag back and loses the ball in his own half. Junuzovic dispossesses the defender and bares down on goal, squaring the ball to Harnik who simply rolls the ball past Forde from 10 yards.
    • 11' Sammon wins a header and the far post but the ball is cleared for a corner. The resulting set-piece is a poor one from McClean and forces Walters to lunge at the ball, giving away a free kick at the near post.
    • 10' Clark plays the ball back to Forde under some heavy pressure. The keeper takes rather a heavy touch and almost allows for Hosiner to close the ball down but Forde manages to clear.
    • 9' Sammon rises highest to beat Pogatetz in the air and flick the ball into the path of Long. Lindner is off his line sharply to gather the ball ahead of the Ireland man. That’ll do Sammon's confidence the world of good, though.
    • 8' It’s been a lively opening 8 minutes but you’ve got to say that Austria have settled quickest out of the two teams. They’ve seen more of the ball and look more confident on it so far but it is early on...
    • 7' McClean, who played very well against Sweden on Friday, finds some space down the left wing and takes on his man. The Sunderland man jinks left and then right and fires the ball across the face of the goal only for it to be cleared by Fuchs.
    • 6' The whistle is blown for offside as Long takes the ball out of the air on the edge of the Austia penalty area and moves towards goal. Replays show that the striker was onside.
    • 5' Whelan looks to have won the ball with a very decent tackle but the referee blows the whistle for a free kick on the half way line. The hosts are being overrun in the middle of the park at the minute, but this could just be opening-minute nerves.
    • 4' Looking back at that free kick, Forde did have it covered but it did look to have the custodian worried. Austria are applying some good pressure here in these early stages.
    • 3' Whelan gives the ball away cheaply in his team’s half and concedes a free kick trying to win it back. David Alaba is the man to take the free kick and sends it narrowly wide of Forde’s goal from 35 yards out.
    • 2' Sammon, who receives just his third cap tonight, chases the ball down from the off. It travels all the way back to Garics, who sends the ball upfield under pressure from the Derby County man.
    • 1' Croatian referee Marijo Strahonja blows the whistle to start the match. Austria kick off.
    • 19:43 The national anthems are being played throughout this packed Aviva Stadium. We're just moments away from kick off.
    • 19:40 Austria coach Marcel Koller has admitted that it is going to be tough to leave will all three points and that his side would be happy with a point: “Ireland are a different standard than the Faroe Islands. Every player must be aware that it will be harder. If we slack off against strong teams like the Irish, they will strike. We will pick a team so that we can win. We want to win. But if a draw looks likely, we will take a point.”
    • 19:35 Fit-again Stuttgart striker Martin Harnik returns to the side after his illness and lines up alongside Philipp Hosiner. Captain Christian Fuchs is fit enough to start despite picking up a knock during Austria's mauling of the Faroe Islands last time out.
    • 19:30 Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni had this to say about his strike force this evening: "Physically [Conor Sammon] is strong enough, he's quick and he is good in the air and he showed us good quality in the last game. He is not only tall, he is fast as well. [Shane] Long is fast as well and we need two fast players."
    • 19:30 The big team news ahead of tonight’s clash is that Ireland captain Robbie Keane has been ruled out. The LA Galaxy man, who has 123 caps for his country, suffered a calf injury in Friday’s 0-0 draw against Sweden and subsequently had to withdraw from the squad. Trapattoni has called up Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Kevin Doyle as his replacement but Connor Sammon and Shane Long are the preferred pairing up front.
    • 19:25 The teams are in:- IRELAND: Forde; Coleman, O'Shea, Clark, Wilson; Walters, Whelan, McCarthy, McClean; Sammon, Long. SUBS: Westwood, O'Dea, St. Ledger, Hoolahan, Doyle, Kelly, Keogh, Brady, Cox, Green, Hendrick, Randolph /// AUSTRIA: Lindner; Garics, Pogatetz, Dragovic, Fuchs; Arnautovic, Junzovic, Kavlak, Alaba; Hosiner, Harnik, SUBS: Ozcan, Ivanschitz, Weimann, Suttner, Baumgartlinger, Prodl, Jantscher, Klein, Leitgeb, Janko, Ortlechner, Konigshofer
    • 19:25 Another stat that goes in the favour of the visiting side is that they have won eight and lost just two of their 12 previous meetings with Republic of Ireland in all competitions. Despite that, Austria have only won one of their last 18 internationals on the road - a 4-1 victory in Azerbaijan in October 2011.
    • 19:20 Since beating tonight’s opponents 3-2 in Dublin in October 1963, Ireland have lost all four competitive clashes with Austria, scoring just three goals whilst conceding a massive 16.
    • 19:15 Giovanni Trapattoni’s men will be confident of getting the much-needed win tonight in front of what is sure to be packed-out Aviva Stadium. However, Ireland’s past record against Austria doesn’t exactly make for good reading.
    • 19:10 Favourites Germany are the runaway leaders in Group C on 13 points with Sweden, Austria and Republic of Ireland all vying for that crucial second-place playoff finish.
    • 19:05 The two teams currently lie level on 7 points in the group with Austria’s goal difference bettering that of this evening’s hosts. However, you can’t help but feel that a defeat for either side tonight will surely all but end hopes of qualifying for next year’s World Cup.
    • 19:00 Good evening and welcome to LIVE coverage of tonight’s crucial World Cup qualifying match between the Republic of Ireland and Austria at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
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