The Republic of Ireland's World Cup qualification hopes are all but over after David Alaba's late goal earned Austria victory in Vienna.

Mathematically, the Republic could still qualify but defeat ends any realistic prospect of earning a play-off spot behind group leaders Germany.

Anthony Pilkington went close for the Irish in the first half but the Austrians created the better chances.

Bayern Munich star Alaba blasted in a deserved winner six minutes from time.

The goal came after a period of intense Austrian pressure with David Forde having denied Andreas Weimann and Seamus Coleman also making a last-ditch block to stop a goal-bound Martin Harnik shot.

Republic boss Giovanni Trapattoni had already indicated after Friday's disappointing defeat by Sweden that he expected his five-year reign to finish after the qualifying campaign.

After Friday's devastating result - and Sweden's earlier win in Kazakhstan - the Republic took to the field knowing a win was an absolute must.

But the Austrians also needed a victory to stay in contention for qualification and it made for a cagey opening at the Ernst-Happel Stadion.

Neither side created a chance of note in the opening 20 minutes although the Norwich winger Pilkington produced some promising early touches on his first Republic start.

World Cup Qualifying Group C

P W D L GD Pts

1. Germany

8

7

1

0

21

22

2. Sweden

8

5

2

1

6

17

3. Austria

8

4

2

2

8

14

4. Rep. of Ireland

8

3

2

3

0

11

5. Kazakhstan

8

1

1

6

-13

4

6. Faroe Islands

8

0

0

8

-22

0

As the game finally began to open up, Jonathan Walters burst down the Irish left wing in the 21st minute but Shane Long was too slow to reach the Stoke player's inviting cross.

The Republic's much-derided long-ball game yielded a chance for Robbie Keane on 29 minutes but the LA Galaxy forward pulled his angled shot across the face of goal after Forde's free-kick from deep in the Irish half.

As the pace continued to pick up, Austrian dangerman Alaba attempted to dink a ball over the top into Weimann but Forde reacted smartly to gather.

At the other end, Pilkington fired into the side-netting after chasing a seemingly lost cause, but with the action becoming end to end Alaba forced Forde to make another fine save to push out a dipping shot out for a corner.

The Millwall keeper came to the Republic's rescue once again in the 38th minute as he got down well to block a Harnik shot.

By that stage, Alaba was beginning to pull the strings for Austria in midfield with his pace starting to trouble the Irish defence.

Long did get into a threatening position at the other end moments later but his low cross was gathered by Almer as Walters threatened to pounce.

Either side of half-time, the Republic suffered blows as both central defenders John O'Shea and Richard Dunne were handed yellow cards which means they will miss the game against Germany in Cologne on 11 October.

Sunderland defender O'Shea's night got even worse on 49 minutes as he was forced off by an ankle injury with Ciaran Clark coming on.

Knowing that a draw was going to suit nobody apart from the Swedes, both sides began to show more enterprise with Walters and Wilson off-target for the Irish from long-range efforts.

But Austria were starting to look the more threatening and Forde was fortunate that Weimann shot straight at him in the 66th minute after a pull-back from Christian Fuchs.

The match was beginning to become one-way traffic as the Austrians forced four successive corners and Coleman had to make a heroic block to deny a point-blank effort from Harnik in the 76th minute.

As the Austrians continued to lay siege to the Republic goal, the inevitable happened six minutes from time when Alaba hammered into the roof of the net from eight yards after Wilson could only tee-up Fuchs' low cross to the Bayern Munich man.

With Trapattoni again opting to leave Wes Hoolahan on the bench for the entire match, the Austrians held on for the victory that keeps their qualification hopes alive ahead of an away clash against Sweden.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Austria

  • 01 Almer
  • 02 Garics
  • 03 Dragovic
  • 05 Fuchs
  • 15 Prodl
  • 08 Alaba
  • 14 Baumgartlinger
  • 16 Burgstaller (Arnautovic - 60' )
  • 19 Kavlak (Leitgeb - 45' )
  • 09 Weimann (Janko - 73' )
  • 11 Harnik

Substitutes

  • 12 Lindner
  • 23 Ozcan
  • 04 Pogatetz
  • 13 Suttner
  • 17 Klein
  • 22 Ortlechner
  • 06 Ivanschitz
  • 18 Leitgeb
  • 07 Arnautovic
  • 10 Sabitzer
  • 20 Hosiner
  • 21 Janko

Rep of Ireland

  • 01 Forde
  • 02 Coleman
  • 03 Wilson
  • 04 O'Shea Booked (Clark - 49' )
  • 05 Dunne Booked
  • 08 McCarthy
  • 15 Green
  • 18 Pilkington (McClean - 73' )
  • 09 Long (Sammon - 81' )
  • 10 Keane
  • 13 Walters

Substitutes

  • 16 Westwood
  • 23 Randolph
  • 12 Clark
  • 14 O'Dea
  • 17 McShane
  • 22 Cunningham
  • 06 Quinn
  • 11 McClean
  • 20 Hoolahan
  • 07 Brady
  • 19 Cox
  • 21 Sammon
Ref: O Benquerenca
Att: 48,500

Match Stats

Shots

17 8

On target

9 2

Corners

10 2

Fouls

8 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:15 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +2:35

Foul by Marc Janko on James McCarthy, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by James McCarthy. Aleksander Dragovic manages to make a clearance. The ball is delivered by James McClean. Aleksander Dragovic makes a clearance.

90:00 +1:20

Seamus Coleman concedes a free kick for a foul on Christian Fuchs. The ball is crossed by Christian Fuchs. Marko Arnautovic takes a shot. David Forde parries the effort to safety.

90:00 +0:45

Christian Fuchs produces a cross. David Forde safely holds on.

89:08

Marc Janko fouled by Ciaran Clark, the ref awards a free kick. Strike comes in from David Alaba from the free kick and misses left of the target.

88:32

Conor Sammon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Julian Baumgartlinger. Free kick taken by Robert Almer.

87:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Seamus Coleman on Christian Fuchs. Christian Fuchs restarts play with the free kick.

86:11

Marc Janko fouled by Richard Dunne, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Christian Fuchs. Ciaran Clark makes a clearance.

83:46

Assist on the goal came from Christian Fuchs.

83:46 Goal scored

Goal! - David Alaba - Austria 1 - 0 R Ireland David Alaba scores a right footed goal. Austria 1-0 Rep of Ireland.

83:21

The ball is crossed by Christian Fuchs.

80:11 Substitution

Substitution Shane Long goes off and Conor Sammon comes on.

79:15

The ball is sent over by Christian Fuchs. Seamus Coleman manages to make a clearance.

75:47

Julian Baumgartlinger takes a shot. Clearance by Seamus Coleman. Martin Harnik takes a shot. Seamus Coleman gets a block in. Corner from the left by-line taken by Christian Fuchs.

73:45

The ball is sent over by David Alaba. Clearance made by Ciaran Clark. Corner taken by Christian Fuchs from the left by-line. Corner taken by David Alaba from the left by-line. Corner taken by Christian Fuchs. Clearance made by Marc Wilson.

72:17 Substitution

Substitution Andreas Weimann leaves the field to be replaced by Marc Janko.

72:17 Substitution

Substitution James McClean joins the action as a substitute, replacing Anthony Pilkington.

71:55

Gyorgy Garics sends in a cross. Clearance made by Jonathan Walters.

70:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Christoph Leitgeb by James McCarthy. Aleksander Dragovic takes the free kick.

69:41

Martin Harnik takes a shot.

69:10

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Walters on Aleksander Dragovic. Aleksander Dragovic takes the free kick.

67:21

Foul by Christian Fuchs on Jonathan Walters, free kick awarded. Seamus Coleman crosses the ball in from the free kick. Gyorgy Garics manages to make a clearance.

66:00

A cross is delivered by David Alaba. Clearance made by Richard Dunne.

65:20

Andreas Weimann takes a shot. David Forde catches the ball.

64:31

The ball is swung over by Gyorgy Garics. Marko Arnautovic takes a shot. David Forde safely holds on.

61:49

Marko Arnautovic produces a cross that goes out of play.

59:15 Booking

Booking

59:11

Christian Fuchs crosses the ball in from the free kick. Diving save by David Forde.Corner taken by David Alaba. Andreas Weimann takes a shot.

59:11 Substitution

Substitution Guido Burgstaller goes off and Marko Arnautovic comes on.

59:11

Handball decision goes against Richard Dunne. Richard Dunne is booked.

56:02

Andreas Weimann takes a shot. Ciaran Clark manages to make a clearance. Corner from the right by-line taken by David Alaba. Foul by Christoph Leitgeb on Shane Long, free kick awarded. Strike comes in from Marc Wilson from the free kick which clears the crossbar.

55:43

The ball is delivered by Guido Burgstaller.

54:38

Centre by Christian Fuchs. Clearance by Ciaran Clark. Short corner taken by David Alaba.

54:04

Marc Wilson takes a shot.

52:52

Shane Long has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.

51:40

Paul Green takes a shot.

50:02

Centre by Anthony Pilkington. Aleksander Dragovic makes a clearance.

47:50 Substitution

Substitution (Rep of Ireland) makes a substitution, with Ciaran Clark coming on for John O'Shea.

47:50

David Alaba crosses the ball dead.

47:01

Seamus Coleman produces a cross. Clearance made by Gyorgy Garics. Corner taken by Anthony Pilkington. Clearance made by Aleksander Dragovic.

45:20

Robbie Keane crosses the ball. Blocked by Aleksander Dragovic.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Christoph Leitgeb joins the action as a substitute, replacing Veli Kavlak.

43:19 Booking

Booking

43:15

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andreas Weimann by John O'Shea. John O'Shea is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by David Alaba. Centre by Sebastien Prodl. David Forde catches the ball.

41:50

Julian Baumgartlinger fouled by Paul Green, the ref awards a free kick. Veli Kavlak takes the free kick.

40:39

Christian Fuchs takes a shot. Richard Dunne manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by David Alaba. Christian Fuchs takes a shot and went wide right of the net.

39:00

Shane Long delivers the ball. Robert Almer catches the ball.

37:49

James McCarthy takes a shot. Blocked by Christian Fuchs. Martin Harnik takes a shot. David Forde saves with their feet.

34:50

David Alaba takes a shot. A parry by David Forde prevents the goal. Corner taken by David Alaba.

34:05

James McCarthy crosses the ball. Andreas Weimann manages to make a clearance.

32:32

Anthony Pilkington takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

31:51

Paul Green delivers the ball. Robert Almer catches the ball.

31:25

Corner taken by Anthony Pilkington. Clearance made by Aleksander Dragovic.

30:17

Aleksander Dragovic challenges Shane Long unfairly and gives away a free kick. Effort on goal by Anthony Pilkington from the free kick hits the wall.

29:56

Centre by David Alaba. David Forde safely holds on.

28:47

Shot by Robbie Keane went wide right of the net.

28:19

Foul by Andreas Weimann on Paul Green, free kick awarded. David Forde takes the free kick.

24:21

Aleksander Dragovic concedes a free kick for a foul on Shane Long. Seamus Coleman takes the free kick.

21:51

Andreas Weimann takes a shot. Richard Dunne gets a block in. Corner taken by David Alaba. Clearance made by Paul Green.

19:10

Sebastien Prodl crosses the ball. Richard Dunne makes a clearance.

18:01

The assistant referee flags for offside against Shane Long. Free kick taken by Sebastien Prodl.

14:08

James McCarthy concedes a free kick for a foul on David Alaba. Julian Baumgartlinger takes the free kick.

12:30

Header by Guido Burgstaller misses right.

12:08

Guido Burgstaller takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Green.

11:37

The ball is delivered by Gyorgy Garics. Clearance made by Seamus Coleman.

9:36

Veli Kavlak concedes a free kick for a foul on Robbie Keane. John O'Shea restarts play with the free kick.

9:13

The ball is sent over by Sebastien Prodl. Richard Dunne gets a block in.

6:30

Robbie Keane is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Aleksander Dragovic.

4:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by Aleksander Dragovic on Shane Long. Free kick taken by James McCarthy.

3:15

Seamus Coleman challenges Sebastien Prodl unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Robert Almer.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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