World Cup Group C: Republic of Ireland 2-2 Austria

David Alaba celebrates his last-gasp equaliser which stunned the Republic at the Aviva Stadium

David Alaba's injury-time goal stunned the Republic of Ireland as it earned Austria a deserved draw in the World Cup qualifier in Dublin.

A bad mistake by Ciaran Clark gifted Austria the lead in the 11th minute with Martin Harnik scoring.

But Jonathan Walters levelled with a 25th-minute penalty after Shane Long was fouled, then nodded the Republic into the lead before the break.

The Austrians dominated the second half before Alaba's last-gasp equaliser.

The loss of two points keeps Giovanni Trapattoni's side fourth in Group C, behind Austria and Sweden on goal difference, with Germany eight points clear after their win over Kazakhstan on Tuesday night.

After their assured display in Stockholm, the Republic started nervously with a number of misplaced passes gifting possession to the Austrians.

The recalled Glenn Whelan was forced to concede a free-kick in a dangerous central position after giving the ball away in the second minute and Alaba's free-kick was inches wide.

Just as the Irish appeared to be settling down, Clark gifted the visitors the opening goal as he was caught in possession just short of halfway by Zlatko Junuzovic, who ran on before squaring for Harnik to score past the helpless David Forde.

The home side looked rattled in the frenetic minutes after the opening goal before James McClean's superb wing play began to trouble the Austrians.

Still, the visitors still looked reasonably comfortable before Emanuel Pogatetz's reckless challenge on Long gave away a penalty, with Walters holding his nerve to beat keeper Heinz Lindner with an emphatic finish into the left corner.

Buoyed by the equaliser, the Republic began to take control with the lively Long back-heeling against the foot of a post in the 38th minute after more great work by McClean.

Conor Sammon, after a slow start, began to trouble the Austrian defence with his physical presence and aerial threat, supplementing the valiant efforts of Long and McClean.

The Republic would probably have settled for being level at the break but Walters nodded his second goal in first-half injury-time.

On this occasion, Whelan took the corner-kick duties from McClean, and the unmarked Walters nodded his Stoke team-mate's long delivery past Lindner, having beaten Austria captain Christian Fuchs to the jump.

The Austrians battled hard to retrieve the situation after the break with Harnik testing Forde and Gyorgy Garics then pulling a chance across the face of goal after the Republic defence had been stretched.

Garics then nearly scored an own goal from another superb McClean cross, with Lindner producing a wonder save.

As the game reached the final quarter, the Austrians began to dominate possession with substitute Andreas Weimann making an impression.

With the Republic struggling to hold on to possession and dropping deeper and deeper, the situation appeared to be crying out for the introduction of Wes Hoolahan but Trapattoni's instead put on Paul Green for the impressive Long with seven minutes to go.

Long, like James McCarthy, will be ruled out of the game against the Faroe Islands on 7 June after picking up a booking, but the West Brom striker had done his job and more on the night.

As the match entered injury time, the Austrians continued to lay siege to the Republic's goal with Forde stretching to save a Harnik header.

The Republic looked set to hold out but Bayern Munich danger man Alaba fired in a 25-yard shot which flew past Forde after taking a slight deflection.

On the balance of play, the Austrians fully deserved their draw but that won't take away any of the hurt that will be felt by the Irish after this devastating late blow.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Rep of Ireland

  • 01 Forde
  • 02 Coleman
  • 04 O'Shea Booked
  • 14 Wilson
  • 15 Clark (St Ledger - 72' )
  • 06 Whelan
  • 08 McCarthy Booked
  • 11 McClean
  • 09 Long Booked (Green - 83' )
  • 13 Walters
  • 20 Sammon

Substitutes

  • 16 Westwood
  • 23 Randolph
  • 03 O'Dea
  • 05 St Ledger
  • 12 Kelly
  • 07 Hoolahan
  • 21 Green
  • 22 Hendrick
  • 10 Doyle
  • 17 Keogh
  • 18 Brady
  • 19 Cox

Austria

  • 12 Lindner
  • 02 Garics
  • 03 Dragovic
  • 04 Pogatetz
  • 05 Fuchs
  • 08 Alaba
  • 10 Junuzovic (Baumgartlinger - 25' )
  • 19 Kavlak Booked (Weimann - 69' )
  • 07 Arnautovic
  • 11 Harnik
  • 20 Hosiner (Janko - 62' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Ozcan
  • 23 Konigshofer
  • 13 Suttner
  • 15 Prodl
  • 17 Klein
  • 22 Ortlechner
  • 06 Ivanschitz
  • 14 Baumgartlinger
  • 16 Jantscher
  • 18 Leitgeb
  • 09 Weimann
  • 21 Janko
Ref: Strahonja
Att: 50,000

Match Stats

Shots

6 11

On target

4 6

Corners

6 2

Fouls

24 17

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:47 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +1:57

Assist on the goal came from Julian Baumgartlinger.

90:00 +1:57 Goal scored

Goal! - David Alaba - R Ireland 2 - 2 Austria David Alaba finds the net with a goal from just outside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Rep of Ireland 2-2 Austria.

90:00 +1:10

The ball is delivered by Marko Arnautovic, Seamus Coleman makes a clearance.

90:00 +0:48

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Christian Fuchs by Marc Wilson. Christian Fuchs takes the direct free kick.

89:56

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Green by Julian Baumgartlinger. Paul Green restarts play with the free kick.

89:23

Conor Sammon is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Christian Fuchs.

87:57

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marc Janko by John O'Shea. David Alaba delivers the ball, Martin Harnik takes a shot. Save by David Forde.

87:09

Marko Arnautovic produces a cross, save made by David Forde.

84:01

James McClean gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gyorgy Garics. Direct free kick taken by Gyorgy Garics.

83:29

David Alaba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Glenn Whelan. John O'Shea takes the free kick.

82:29

Free kick taken by David Forde.

82:29 Substitution

Substitution Shane Long leaves the field to be replaced by Paul Green.

82:29

Marc Janko gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Glenn Whelan.

81:48

Centre by Jonathan Walters, James McClean takes a shot. Save by Heinz Lindner.

81:20

The ball is crossed by David Alaba, save by David Forde.

80:04

Free kick crossed left-footed by David Alaba from left channel, Christian Fuchs manages to make a clearance.

80:04 Booking

Booking Shane Long is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

79:56

Shane Long challenges Julian Baumgartlinger unfairly and gives away a free kick.

78:31

The ball is swung over by James McClean, Gyorgy Garics makes a clearance.

78:03

Unfair challenge on John O'Shea by Marc Janko results in a free kick. David Forde restarts play with the free kick.

77:51

Gyorgy Garics sends in a cross.

76:39

The official flags Shane Long offside. Free kick taken by Aleksander Dragovic.

73:36

Shane Long produces a cross, Heinz Lindner makes a save.

72:36

Marc Wilson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marko Arnautovic. Marko Arnautovic takes the direct free kick.

71:55 Substitution

Substitution Ciaran Clark goes off and Sean St. Ledger comes on.

70:50

Gyorgy Garics produces a cross.

70:00

The ball is swung over by Andreas Weimann, Ciaran Clark manages to make a clearance.

69:19

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc Janko on Marc Wilson. David Forde takes the free kick.

68:48

Centre by Andreas Weimann, Martin Harnik takes a shot. Blocked by John O'Shea.

68:29 Substitution

Substitution (Austria) makes a substitution, with Andreas Weimann coming on for Veli Kavlak.

67:48

Corner taken left-footed by James McClean, clearance by Christian Fuchs.

67:24

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Glenn Whelan from the left by-line, clearance by Aleksander Dragovic.

66:24

Corner taken left-footed by James McClean to the near post, Christian Fuchs manages to make a clearance.

65:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marc Wilson by Christian Fuchs. Glenn Whelan takes the direct free kick.

65:10

Short corner worked by Christian Fuchs.

64:40

Gyorgy Garics produces a cross, Christian Fuchs takes a shot. Marc Wilson gets a block in.

63:44

Unfair challenge on Marc Janko by John O'Shea results in a free kick. Christian Fuchs takes the direct free kick.

61:09 Substitution

Substitution Marc Janko replaces Philipp Hosiner.

60:34

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by David Alaba, Julian Baumgartlinger has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

60:24

The ball is delivered by Christian Fuchs, blocked by Seamus Coleman.

59:03

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marko Arnautovic by Marc Wilson. Christian Fuchs restarts play with the free kick.

58:45

Unfair challenge on Emanuel Pogatetz by Shane Long results in a free kick. Christian Fuchs takes the direct free kick.

57:10

Unfair challenge on Conor Sammon by Veli Kavlak results in a free kick. Free kick taken by John O'Shea.

56:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc Wilson on Martin Harnik. Direct free kick taken by Martin Harnik.

56:27

Shane Long concedes a free kick for a foul on Gyorgy Garics. Direct free kick taken by Aleksander Dragovic.

55:47

Seamus Coleman challenges Philipp Hosiner unfairly and gives away a free kick. Christian Fuchs takes the direct free kick.

53:56

Martin Harnik sends in a cross, Gyorgy Garics has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.

53:15

Martin Harnik takes a shot from 20 yards. Save by David Forde.

51:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by Conor Sammon on Veli Kavlak. Free kick taken by Gyorgy Garics.

50:05

The ball is sent over by James McClean, clearance made by David Alaba.

49:17

Martin Harnik concedes a free kick for a foul on Shane Long. Free kick crossed right-footed by Marc Wilson.

48:25

Foul by Marc Wilson on Martin Harnik, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Aleksander Dragovic.

45:57

Foul by Philipp Hosiner on Conor Sammon, free kick awarded. Shot comes in from James McClean from the free kick.

45:44

Shane Long delivers the ball, Christian Fuchs makes a clearance.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +2:03 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +0:11

The assist for the goal came from Glenn Whelan.

45:00 +0:11 Goal scored

Goal! - Jonathan Walters - R Ireland 2 - 1 Austria Jonathan Walters finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Rep of Ireland 2-1 Austria.

45:00 +0:01

Corner taken right-footed by Glenn Whelan from the left by-line,

44:12

James McClean takes the outswinging corner, Christian Fuchs manages to make a clearance.

43:56

James McClean takes a shot. Blocked by Martin Harnik.

41:55

Free kick crossed right-footed by James McCarthy from right channel, save made by Heinz Lindner.

41:55 Booking

Booking Veli Kavlak goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

41:48

Veli Kavlak concedes a free kick for a foul on Shane Long.

40:39

The referee penalises Aleksander Dragovic for handball. Free kick taken by Marc Wilson.

39:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Julian Baumgartlinger by Marc Wilson. Heinz Lindner restarts play with the free kick.

38:16

Aleksander Dragovic concedes a free kick for a foul on Shane Long. Free kick crossed left-footed by James McClean from left wing, Gyorgy Garics manages to make a clearance.

37:41

Martin Harnik takes a shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.

37:23

Shane Long has an effort at goal from inside the penalty box hitting the post.

36:39

Martin Harnik concedes a free kick for a foul on Seamus Coleman. David Forde takes the direct free kick.

35:18

Shot from just outside the box by Marko Arnautovic goes over the bar.

34:35

James McClean concedes a free kick for a foul on Gyorgy Garics. Direct free kick taken by Gyorgy Garics.

34:05

Direct free kick taken by David Alaba.

34:05 Booking

Booking John O'Shea booked for unsporting behaviour.

33:54

Unfair challenge on Philipp Hosiner by John O'Shea results in a free kick.

32:46

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

31:52

James McClean sends in a cross, clearance made by Martin Harnik.

31:43

Marc Wilson takes a shot. Blocked by Veli Kavlak.

31:30

The ball is delivered by Shane Long, clearance made by Aleksander Dragovic.

28:07

John O'Shea challenges Philipp Hosiner unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Christian Fuchs, Ciaran Clark makes a clearance.

27:23

The ball is crossed by Christian Fuchs, clearance by Marc Wilson.

26:04

Seamus Coleman fouled by Marko Arnautovic, the ref awards a free kick. David Forde restarts play with the free kick.

24:42

The assist for the goal came from Shane Long.

24:42 Goal scored

Goal! - Jonathan Walters - R Ireland 1 - 1 Austria Jonathan Walters scores a power penalty. Rep of Ireland 1-1 Austria.

23:26 Substitution

Substitution Julian Baumgartlinger comes on in place of Zlatko Junuzovic.

23:26

Emanuel Pogatetz gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Shane Long.

22:07

The ball is delivered by James McClean, save by Heinz Lindner.

20:01

David Alaba restarts play with the free kick.

20:01 Booking

Booking James McCarthy shown a yellow card.

19:52

James McCarthy challenges Zlatko Junuzovic unfairly and gives away a free kick.

17:06

James McClean gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Veli Kavlak. Veli Kavlak takes the free kick.

16:54

Veli Kavlak gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shane Long. Glenn Whelan takes the free kick.

16:34

Martin Harnik sends in a cross, David Forde makes a save.

16:13

James McClean delivers the ball, David Alaba makes a clearance.

15:36

Foul by Marko Arnautovic on Seamus Coleman, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by James McCarthy, save by Heinz Lindner.

15:04

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Alaba by Shane Long. Emanuel Pogatetz restarts play with the free kick.

14:37

Ciaran Clark concedes a free kick for a foul on Zlatko Junuzovic. Direct free kick taken by Aleksander Dragovic.

14:11

Shane Long delivers the ball, clearance by Marko Arnautovic.

12:50

Marko Arnautovic produces a cross, Ciaran Clark manages to make a clearance.

12:38

The ball is crossed by Zlatko Junuzovic, Marc Wilson manages to make a clearance.

10:09

The assist for the goal came from Zlatko Junuzovic.

10:09 Goal scored

Goal! - Martin Harnik - R Ireland 0 - 1 Austria Martin Harnik finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Rep of Ireland 0-1 Austria.

9:10

Unfair challenge on Christian Fuchs by Marc Wilson results in a free kick. Heinz Lindner takes the free kick.

8:44

Corner taken by James McClean from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Christian Fuchs.

8:25

Marc Wilson delivers the ball.

5:14

David Alaba crosses the ball, clearance by Ciaran Clark.

4:31

James McClean produces a cross, clearance by Aleksander Dragovic.

4:01

Shane Long is caught offside. Free kick taken by Heinz Lindner.

3:07

Conor Sammon fouled by Veli Kavlak, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Forde.

2:16

David Alaba delivers the ball, Ciaran Clark makes a clearance.

0:24

James McCarthy challenges Zlatko Junuzovic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot comes in from David Alaba from the free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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