World Cup qualifier: Republic of Ireland denied by Austria at Aviva Stadium
Last Updated: 26/03/13 11:18pm
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 Ireland||Team Statistics||Austria|
|2||1st Half Goals||1|
|4||Shots on Target||3|
|4||Shots off Target||6|
|44||1st Half Poss.||56|
|29.2||2nd Half Poss.||70.8|
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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Tue 26th Mar - Group B
Armenia0 - 3Czech Rep
Denmark1 - 1Bulgaria
Malta0 - 2Italy
Tue 26th Mar - Group F
Azerbaijan0 - 2Portugal
N Ireland0 - 2Israel
Tue 26th Mar - Group D
Estonia2 - 0Andorra
Turkey1 - 1Hungary
Netherlands4 - 0Romania
Tue 26th Mar - Group H
Ukraine2 - 1Moldova
Poland5 - 0San Marino
Montenegro1 - 1England
Tue 26th Mar - Group A
Serbia2 - 0Scotland
Belgium1 - 0Macedonia
Wales1 - 2Croatia
Tue 26th Mar - Group C
Rep Ireland2 - 2Austria
Germany4 - 1Kazakhstan
Tue 26th Mar - Group I
France0 - 1Spain
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A
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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C
|4||Republic of Ireland||10||14|
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E
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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I
Republic of Ireland v Austria
Giovanni says the Republic of Ireland showed character to come from a goal behind in the 2-2 draw with Austria.
Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni was determined to lift his players after Austria snatched a 2-2 draw.
The Republic of Ireland conceded a stoppage time equaliser to draw 2-2 with Austria and stay 4th in Group C.