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Austria - Republic of Ireland
World Cup Qualification UEFA - 12 November 2016
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FULL-TIME! It's all over, Ireland emerge victorious in Austria. James McClean's 48th minute strike proves to be the winner as Martin O'Neill's side move three points clear at the top of Group D.
MISS! What a chance for Austria but it's squandered once again! Janko sends a header wide from three yards out! It's going to be Ireland's night!
FOUR minutes of added on time to play at the end of this one.
Desperate times for Austria now. Dragovic tries a low and hard effort from 20 yards, it takes a deflection but it's still relatively comfortable for Randolph.
That miss just about sums up a dreadful night in Austria for the hosts.
MISS! A cross is sent to the unmarked Janko at the back post but he gets his header all wrong and the ball ends up closer to the corner flag than the goal.
- OffJames McCleanRepublic of Ireland
- OnAiden McGeadyRepublic of Ireland
IRELAND SUB! McClean has picked up an injury and is replaced by Aiden McGeady for the final five minutes. Ireland fans will be pleased to read that it's probably only a precautionary move.
James McClean's goal on 48 minutes currently separates the sides.
Arnautovic finds Harnik with a long ball and the substitute tries to hook it over Randolph it's straight forward for the goalkeeper.
We're into the final 10 minutes now and time is really running out for the hosts. After an impressive first-half, Austria simply haven't been good enough since conceding the opening goal at the start of the second period.
- OffKevin WimmerAustria
- OnStefan IlsankerAustria
AUSTRIA SUB: A third and final change for the hosts - Stefan Ilsanker replacing Wimmer. It's a final throw of the dice.
- OffWes HoolahanRepublic of Ireland
- OnDavid McGoldrickRepublic of Ireland
IRELAND SUB: Martin O'Neill makes his second change - David McGoldrick replacing Hoolahan.
The home players are finding it difficult to keep a hold of possession at the moment. Conceding the opening goal appears to have knocked them for six and time is quickly running out for them to recover.
Baumgartlinger is extremely fortunate not to be shown a second yellow as he catches Hoolahan from behind with a late tackle. The Ireland players wanted the referee to produce a red card but Mr Karasev takes a lenient view this time.
- OffMarcel SabitzerAustria
- OnMartin HarnikAustria
AUSTRIA SUB: A second change for the hosts as Martin Harnik replaces Sabitzer.
- Yellow cardRobbie BradyRepublic of Ireland
Now Brady is booked, meaning he will miss the next match against Wales, after he kicked the ball away. Completely needless.
- Yellow cardJulian BaumgartlingerAustria
The Austrian captain loses his head completely as he fouls Arter and then proceeds to shout obscenities at the Bournemouth midfielder whilst he's on the floor.
Ireland win a free-kick but not for the first time there's a foul in the penalty area as Clark blocks the Austrian goalkeeper and the referee awards the hosts a free-kick.
Arnautovic appears OK to continue. He is running quite freely as he runs at goal before losing the ball to Brady. Austria have little over 20 minutes to find a goal now.
Things could go from bad to worse for Austria here as Arnautovic is struggling with an injury after a slight collision with Coleman. The Stoke player seems to be having trouble with his knee.
CLOSE! The space opens up for Alaba who tries his luck from 30 yards... and it's not far away! It's slightly too high, much to the relief of Randolph who looked beaten.
It's close but it's not close enough for Alaba who sees his free-kick from 25 yards go wide of the far post.
Schaub wins Austria a free-kick with his first touch as he's caught by Brady. Alaba, who appears to be lacking confidence, is over the ball. Perhaps this is his moment...
- OffAlessandro SchöpfAustria
- OnLouis SchaubAustria
AUSTRIA SUB: Schaub replaces Schopf.
The home supporters are getting increasingly frustrated with Alaba. The Bayern Munich midfielder concedes possession in midfield and the crowd are making their feelings known.
OFF THE LINE! Ireland go close to doubling their advantage from a corner as Clark sees his header cleared off the line by Sabitzer.
- Yellow cardAleksandar DragovicAustria
Dragovic is the first Austria player to be booked this evening.
Janko appears to be have picked up an injury and may have to be replaced.
WIDE! Meyler picks out Hoolahan on the byline with a wonderful switched pass. The forward plays the ball back to McClean inside the penalty area but the winger can't find the target this time.
Austria look shell-shocked at the moment. Ireland's opener has certainly caught them by surprise but they have still have 40 odd minutes to recover.
GOAL DISALLOWED! Walters' heads in from Brady's free-kick but the celebrations are cut short as the linesman had his flag raised.
Austria have been the better side - but now they're losing. They simply can't afford to be defeated this evening, otherwise they'll have a mountain to climb in Group D.
- GoalJames McCleanRepublic of Ireland
GOAL!!! Ireland score on the break! Hoolahan releases McClean with a wonderful ball and the West Brom winger keeps his cool and slides it beyond Ozcan's legs to give the visitors a crucial lead.
Wimmer delivers a cross into the penalty area but it's cleared by Duffy. It falls to the full-back once again but he's brought to the ground and wants a free-kick, though the referee isn't interested.
- 2nd Half
Ireland get us underway in the second-half. Martin O'Neill would probably take a draw this evening and I'd guess he'd snap your hand off for a win which would take his side six points above Austria.
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HALF-TIME! The referee brings an end to the first-half. Austria came closest, Sabitzer hitting the crossbar, but Ireland missed a great chance of their own as Walters missed a glorious opportunity a couple of minutes before the break.
- Yellow cardShane DuffyRepublic of Ireland
Duffy is the first player to be booked this evening, though there wasn't much in the challenge. A minute of added time to be played at the end of the first half.
CHANCE! Walters spurns a glorious opportunity to give Ireland a half-time lead! The forward gets free in the penalty area and is picked out with a wonderful cross from Brady but he can't keep his first-time effort down as it clips the bar and goes over.
As it stands, Ireland will go top of the group with eight points, a point above Serbia who play in Wales later.
Ireland are so fortunate not to be trailing here. Austria still have five minutes before the half-time break to make their dominance count.
HOW DO THEY MISS? Sabitzer's chips the ball over Randolph but it crashes off the car, the rebound falls to Janko who sends his shot wide from five yards out!
Austria have had 57% of possession thus far, compared to Ireland's 43%.
The space opens for Schopf and the midfielder tries a shot... but it's tame and rolls straight into the arms of Randolph. He had options to either side and his team mates will be quite frustrated with his decision making on that occasion.
It's another poor set-piece from Alaba, however. The Bayern player doesn't appear to have his shooting boots on this evening.
Meyler catches Wimmer with a late tackle from behind and the substitute is very fortunate not to receive a yellow card. Austria have another chance to fizz the ball into the area now though.
An outstanding tackle from Coleman denies Arnautovic! The forward unloads inside the penalty area but Coleman gets across and makes a vital block.
CHANCE! Ireland go close. Brady delivers a free-kick towards the back post where Walters glances it wide. Duffy was better poised to score but the Stoke City player wasn't to know.
Another decision against Ireland as Walters backs into Baumgartlinger and the referee gives the free-kick to Austria. Mr Karasev isn't prepared to let anything go, it seems.
Austria are keeping possession well at the moment but aren't really doing anything with it.
Ireland players are clearly getting frustrated as McClean shows when he vents his anger at the referee when a throw-in doesn't go his way. The visitors need to get into this game.
MISS! The ball falls kindly for Janko on the edge of the area but the forward slices the ball and it ends up in row-Z. He feels he was fouled, but he needs an excuse after such an embarrassing effort.
- OffGlenn WhelanRepublic of Ireland
- OnDavid MeylerRepublic of Ireland
INJURY! Whelan's game is over. The midfielder has gone off with injury, though details are unclear at this time. He's replaced by David Meyler.
Now then, Ireland could perhaps have the lead! Austria leave Duffy unmarked at a corner, Arter picks out his team mate on the penalty spot but he loses his footing at the wrong moment and Austria survive.
So how will Martin O'Neill be feeling after 20 minutes? Concerned, I would think. They're facing a determined Austria side who are pressing the visitors all over the pitch and creating chances when they have the ball.
Austria look in the mood and could pose problems for Ireland this evening. It's a vital game for the hosts who have been in poor form since the beginning of the Euros.
CHANCE! A lovely cross from Sabitzer finds Janko in the penalty area and the forward finds the target with a looping header but it's comfortable for Randolph.
Ireland win a free-kick, that Coleman sends into the penalty area, but the chance is gone as Duffy is adjudged to have fouled his marker.
He will become the first League of Ireland player to make an appearance for the international team in nine years, if he is brought on today.
CLOSE! McClean tries his luck on the half-volley from distance and it goes inches wide. The referee spotted a deflection though and Ireland have a corner.
Alaba sends the ball towards the back post but it's too close to the goalkeeper and easy for Randolph to claim.
Alaba is fouled in midfield and the Bayern Munich star will have a chance to deliver the ball into the penalty area now.
More frustration for Ireland as another attack comes to nothing. Coleman fouls his marker in a wide area and the referee gives the free-kick to Austria.
Randolph is called into action for the first time this evening. Alaba's corner finds Janko at the near post with his back to goal, the forward is allowed to turn and shoot but it's comfortable for the Ireland goalkeeper.
Ireland haven't offered anything in attack thus far. They're camped inside their own half, inviting pressure from the hosts. Walters seems to be quite isolated in this system.
CLOSE! Hoolahan is caught in possession, gifting Austria a chance. Arnautovic tees up Sabitzer on the strike of the area but the Austria No 9 can't find the target and it goes narrowly wide.
Austria have dominated the opening minutes of the match, playing at a high tempo, but Alaba catches Coleman in defence and Ireland have a moment to try to calm things down.
Ireland have set up in a diamond formation for this evening's game.
The hosts have made a bright start, winning two successive corners and putting Ireland under pressure.
- 1st Half
AND WE'RE OFF! There is certainly a big match feeling around this one. Austria must win to keep their hopes of reaching the World Cup 2018 alive. Ireland will go top with a victory.
FIVE MINUTES UNTIL KICK-OFF! Will there be goals tonight? Martin O'Neill's side have found the back of the net in 18 of their past 19 fixtures, only drawing a blank against Belgium at Euro 2016.
TEN MINUTES UNTIL KICK-OFF! The atmosphere is building at Ernst Happel Stadion where Austria must win to keep their Russia 2018 dreams alive. They have recorded only four points from three matches.
Ireland's last win over Austria was back in October 1963, when they ran out 3-2 winners in a Euro 1964 qualifier. Who can remember that?
Austria have a couple of handy players, including Bayern Munich's David Alaba. Marko Arnautovic may only play for Stoke City, but he's also a handy player and has scored with two of his three shots on target in World Cup 2018 qualification.
PRE-MATCH STAT! These two nations have met 14 times before, with Austria leading the way with nine victories to the Republic of Ireland's two. Three matches have been drawn.
Ireland are currently second in Group D, level on points with leaders Serbia who take on Wales later. A win would send a message to Eire's rivals but Austria, who qualified for the European Championships, are not to be taken lightly.
"If we could remain unbeaten over the Christmas period it would give us a boost," said Martin O'Neill.
"Any point away from home is still considered by the best sides as a good result. Having said that, I don't know how you play for, or plan, for a draw. Our attitude is to try and go out on the front foot and go for it.
"Big players rise to the occasion. Occasions like this are what we are in the game for."
Harry Arter is handed his international debut, taking a place in midfield alongside Glenn Whelan and Jeff Hendrick. Wes Hoolahan retains his place in the starting line-up from the victory over Moldova, while James McClean has recovered from a back injury in time to start on the left.
Austria: Ozcan, Klein, Dragovic, Hinteregger, Wimmer, Baumgartlinger, Alaba, Sabitzer, Schopf, Arnautovic, Janko. /// Ireland: Randolph, Coleman, Duffy, Clark, Brady, Whelan, Arter, Hendrick, Hoolahan, McClean, Walters.
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