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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying

Aviva Stadium (ATT 50,000) 26th March 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: M Strahonja

Rep Ireland Republic of Ireland vs Austria Austria

Rep Ireland 2

J Walters (pen 25, 45+1)

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Austria 2

M Harnik (11)
D Alaba (90+2)

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World Cup qualifier: Republic of Ireland denied by Austria at Aviva Stadium

Last Updated: 26/03/13 11:18pm

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David Alaba notched a last-gasp equaliser as Republic of Ireland dropped a precious two points in a 2-2 draw with Austria in Dublin.

Earlier a first-half brace from Jon Walters looked to have won the game but Giovanni Trapattoni's side could not hold on for the win which would have lifted them into second place in Group C behind runaway leaders Germany.

Alaba served Austria's attacking intent when his second minute free-kick from distance went just wide of David Forde's right post.

The visitors then took the lead on 11 minutes when Ciaran Clark was caught with the ball by Zlatko Januzovic.

He ran into the right side of the box before crossing into the centre for Martin Harnik to slot home past the advancing Forde.

Trapattoni remains hopeful

But Trapattoni's side were back on level terms 14 minutes later when Walters scored from the penalty spot after Shane Long had been felled by Emanuel Pogatetz in the box, although the defender had not needed to make the challenge.

Long then hit the post with an audacious back-heal from 12 yards before Walters got his second goal in first-half stoppage time after losing his marker and heading in off the post from Glenn Whelan's corner.

Soon after the re-start, James McClean shot at goal from a free-kick but it went into the side-netting.

But Austria were still dangerous, Harnik forcing Forde into a save before Gyorgy Garics shot wide from 10 yards.

At the other end, Heinza Lindner made a great reaction save from a corner as Ireland pushed for a third goal to win the game.

Late on, Trapattoni brought on Paul Green for Long as he tried to protect Ireland's lead but Alaba had the last word with a shot from outside the box in stoppage time which took a slight deflection off substitute Sean St Ledger into the roof of the net.

Ireland now sit fourth in the qualification table - level on points with Austria and Sweden - behind group leaders Germany.


Republic of IrelandTeam StatisticsAustria
2Goals2
21st Half Goals1
4Shots on Target3
4Shots off Target6
4Blocked Shots3
6Corners2
24Fouls20
3Offsides0
3Yellow Cards1
0Red Cards0
65.2Passing Success80.1
11Tackles7
81.8Tackles Success100
37.2Possession62.7
51.2Territorial Advantage48.8
270Total Passes472
20Total Crosses21
167Lost Balls174
47Recoveries44
441st Half Poss.56
29.22nd Half Poss.70.8

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Matches

  • FIFA World Cup European Qualifying

    Tue 26th Mar - Group B
    Tue 26th Mar - Group F
    • Azerbaijan
      0 - 2
      Portugal
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    • N Ireland
      0 - 2
      Israel
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    Tue 26th Mar - Group D
    Tue 26th Mar - Group H
    Tue 26th Mar - Group A
    Tue 26th Mar - Group C
    • Rep Ireland
      2 - 2
      Austria
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    • Germany
      4 - 1
      Kazakhstan
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      TV
    Tue 26th Mar - Group I

Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4

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