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WC Qualification Europe

  • 10 September 2013
  • • 19:45
  • • Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Wien
  • Referee: Olegário Manuel Benquerenca
  • • Attendance: 48500
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  • Thanks again for reading. We'll be back reporting live for the next game against Germany, which will see Ireland field a different centre-back pairing. But could it be under new management as well?
  • There will be plenty of analysis after this game, especially regarding Giovanni Trapattoni's future. Is this the end of the road for the Italian?
  • Full-time in Austria, with the hosts moving closer to a playoff spot thanks to David Alaba's goal. Ireland need to beat Germany to stand any chance of progressing, but second place is not looking very likely after tonight's game.
  • 90' + 3'
    McClean crosses it in as Ireland search for a late equaliser. However, Sammon can't get the ball back across, and Trapattoni suffers his first away defeat.
  • 90' + 2'
    Austria finishing on top, and have forced Forde into another save.
  • 90'
    Three minutes to be added on in Vienna.
  • 88'
    Into stoppage time in Torshavn, where Germany lead 3-0 against the Faroe Islands.
  • 86'
    McClean does well to get the ball out from under his feet, but his shot on his weak foot goes over.
  • 84'
    Goal David Alaba
    The Bayern Munich man does it again. Ireland fail to clear the danger, and Alaba fires it into the roof of the net.
  • 83'
    Andreas Weimann has gone nine games without scoring for Austria. Conor Sammon has come on for his ninth cap. Can he break the duck?
  • 81'
    Substitution Shane Long Conor Sammon
  • 80'
    Shane Long loses the ball out wide, but does well to win it back, just before being hauled off.
  • 79'
    Plenty of action now as both teams try to find a winner. Austria need to win if they're to keep the pressure on Sweden.
  • 76'
    Four corners in a row for the hosts. Forde punches clear, before Coleman puts in an excellent block to deflect Harnik's effort out for another corner.
  • 75'
    Paul Green forced to clear off the line from a corner. Austria piling on the pressure now.
  • 73'
    Substitution Andreas Weimann Marc Janko
  • 73'
    Substitution Anthony Pilkington James McClean
  • 73'
    Usual like for like substitution from the Ireland manager, with James McClean coming on for Pilkington.
  • 70'
    Weimann slips in Harnik, who gets past Dunne, but goes too wide and can't get his effort in from an angle.
  • 68'
    Big shouts for an Austrian penalty as Alaba goes down under pressure from Coleman, but the referee is not interested.
  • 66'
    Fuchs pulls the ball back very well for Weimann, but the striker's shot is straight at Forde. Probably Austria's best chance of the game.
  • 66'
    Alaba trying to find Weimann again, but Clark takes his time to get rid of it.
  • 64'
    Walters goes down easily in the area, but Keane decides to play on, passing to Pilkington out wide. However, the Norwich man can't find a teammate with his centre.
  • 61'
    Forde lets the ball slip through his fingers, as Fuch's launches a free-kick into the area. Dunne clears it to safety with the keeper stranded.
  • 60'
    Substitution Guido Burgstaller Marko Arnautovic
  • 60'
    Yellow Card Richard Dunne
  • 60'
    Richard Dunne ruled out of the Germany game for a handball.
  • 59'
    Pilkington does well to beat his man and get into the area. However, it's taken off his toe at the last moment by Dragovic.
  • 58'
    Marc Wilson gets his free-kick over the wall, but Almer had it covered had it dipped under the crossbar.
  • 57'
    Good block from Clark sees Austria win another corner, but Dunne rises well to head it clear.
  • 55'
    Another long-range effort, as Wilson opens up space to shoot, and sees his shot go narrowly over. Getting closer.
  • 53'
    This time it's Shane Long with a shot from range. He tries to chip Almer, but is shot was never going to beat the keeper.
  • 51'
    Walters tries an audacious effort from 25-yards, but his shot sails over.
  • 49'
    Substitution John O'Shea Ciaran Clark
  • 49'
    Injury forces John O'Shea off the pitch, with Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark on in his place.
  • 48'
    Austria break quickly through Alaba, who outpaces both McCarthy and Coleman, but Forde gets out quickly to close down the Bayern Munich player and shepherd the ball out for a goal kick.
  • 47'
    Garigs forced to head clear from Coleman's cross with Long and Pilkington waiting at the back post.
  • 46'
    The second-half is underway. Austria have made a change at half-time, with Kavlak replaced in midfield by Leitgeb.
  • The teams are back on the pitch, with Ireland to kick off the second-half.
  • David Alaba has been impressive for Austria once again. The Champions League winner clearly has an eye for a pass, and has caught out Richard Dunne on more than one occasion.
  • Plenty of route one football from Ireland, but Pilkington has impressed on the left on his first start. The Norwich City wideman is looking hungry for this game, tracking back well to help out Marc Wilson, and also getting into good positions in attack.
  • It's also half-time in Torshavn, where Germany lead by a single goal against the Faroe Islands. Luxembourg are currently 1-1 with Northern Ireland, while England and Ukraine are scoreless in Kiev.
  • That's the last action of the half as the referee blows for half-time. Even game so far, but David Forde has had more to do than Robert Almer, with both Alaba and Harnik testing the keeper's reflexes.
  • 45' + 1'
    Substitution Veli Kavlak Christoph Leitgeb
  • 45'
    Yellow Card Robbie Keane
  • 45'
    Robbie Keane playing very deep, and does well to cut out an Austrian pass out wide. Ireland break quickly, but Almer is quick off his line to collect the cross again.
  • 44'
    Yellow Card John O'Shea
    Ireland won't have the same back four against Germany, as John O'Shea's booking for a push on Weimann means the Sunderland defender will miss the next game.
  • 41'
    John O'Shea heads out for a corner from Fuch's dangerous cross. Alaba's corner falls to Fuchs again, but the full-back's first-time volley flies over the bar.
  • 40'
    Almer does well to pluck out a pass from Long, who was looking for Walters in the box. Would have been a goal if not for the quick intervention of the Cottbus keeper.
  • 38'
    Dunne blocks Alaba's initial shot, the ball falls to Harnik, who draws Forde into a good reaction save.
  • 37'
    Austria showing greater urgency now, trying to break quickly as Ireland push men forward.
  • 35'
    Austria break quickly, Alaba beats Dunne too easily before stinging Forde's hands with an excellent shot.
  • 33'
    Great run by Long down the left, he pulls it back for Pilkington, who works hard to create space before firing into the side netting. Good chance for Ireland.
  • 32'
    Harnik heads the corner clear, but only as far as Keane. The striker lays it back for Green, whose lofted ball in goes straight into the hands of Robert Almer.
  • 32'
    Pilkington lines up a free-kick in a dangerous position, but it's deflected out by the wall.
  • 31'
    Perfect pass from Alaba for Weimann, but Forde gets to it quickly. Let off for Ireland.
  • 30'
    The free is pumped forward from Forde, and breaks forward for Keane, but the angle is too tight and the Irish captain fires wide.
  • 29'
    Good piece of passing play from Austria, who look to find an opening, but Paul Green gets back to win the ball and get a free out in the process.
  • 27'
    Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has given Germany the lead against the Faroe Islands.
  • 24'
    First corner of the game comes to little, with Kavlak mishitting a shot under pressure.
  • 23'
    Burgstaller squeezes through a pass for Weimann, which the Villa striker hits first time, but Dunne deflects away for a corner.
  • 21'
    Lovely dinked pass in from Walters for Long, who is unmarked in the area. The West Bromwich Albion striker fails to attack it, but would have been offside anyway.
  • 20'
    Burgstaller slips on the edge of the box, before getting up to try again, however, he's quickly closed down, and Ireland clear.
  • 19'
    Keane chips a ball over the defence for Long to run on to, but the linesman flags for offside. Close call.
  • 17'
    Good vision from John O'Shea who cuts out a pass to Weimann before delivering a long ball for Long. However, there was a little too much zip on the pass and it's out for a throw.
  • 15'
    Fuchs collides with Walters who stays down. Luckily for Ireland, the Stoke attacker is alright to continue.
  • 14'
    A quarter of an hour gone in Torshavn, where Germany have yet to break the deadlock against the Faroe Islands.
  • 12'
    Austria starting to get into it a bit more. David Alaba whips in a cross, which goes past everyone and out at Forde's far post.
  • 11'
    Richard Dunne almost gets caught out with a high ball, but Burgstaller can't beat Forde to the ball.
  • 10'
    Ball almost breaks to Weimann, who made a good run down the left, but the ball skids away on the wet surface.
  • 9'
    Burgstaller tries to get a shot away first time, but it's well blocked by the Irish defence, and Dunne gets it clear.
  • 7'
    Ireland are pressing high up the pitch, not allowing Austria to get into the game early on.
  • 5'
    James McCarthy floats a free-kick into the area, which John O'Shea tries to get his head on, but can't direct it goalwards. Decent start from the Boys in Black.
  • 4'
    Ireland pushing players forward, with Seamus Coleman breaking into the box. However, it's a free out as the ball hit off Coleman's arm after bouncing up.
  • 3'
    Good ball from Richard Dunne finds Robbie Keane out on the right, but the Irish captain can't beat the defender with his cross in for Jon Walters.
  • 1'
    We're underway in Vienna, and Ireland start with a long ball pumped forward to Shane Long.
  • Ireland are wearing the black away kit tonight, while Austria are in their red home shirt.
  • No Nadia Forde singing the Irish anthem this evening, but the sizeable away crowd definitely make themselves heard.
  • The teams are on the pitch lined up for the anthems. The 52,000 seater stadium is expected to be full tonight.
  • Republic of Ireland starting XI: Forde; Coleman, O'Shea, Dunne, Wilson; Walters, Green, McCarthy, Pilkington; Long, Keane.
  • Austria starting XI: Almer; Garics, Dragovic, Prödl, Fuchs; Baumgartlinger, Kavlak; Harnik, Alaba, Burgstaller; Weimann.
  • Austria's dangerman is Bayern Munich full-back David Alaba, who is deployed in midfield for his country. The 21-year-old scored the late equaliser when the sides drew 2-2 in Dublin earlier this year.
  • This match has been billed as Giovanni Trapattoni's swansong with Ireland, as the veteran manager has come under a lot of pressure this week. However, the Italian tactician hasn't decided to switch much from Friday's 2-1 loss to Sweden, with Anthony Pilkington replacing James McClean on the wing, and Paul Green coming in for the injured Glenn Whelan.
  • This should be an interesting tie at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion in Vienna as both sides look to keep their hopes of a playoff spot alive. Earlier today, Sweden beat Kazakhstan 1-0 to go six points clear of both Austria and Ireland, while Germany are eight points ahead.
  • Good evening and welcome to Goal's live coverage of Austria versus the Republic of Ireland. I'm Ronan Murphy, and I'll be your host for the next two hours or so.