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WC Qualification Europe

  • 26 March 2013
  • • 19:45
  • • Aviva Stadium, Dublin
  • Referee: M. Strahonja
  • • Attendance: 35100

Live Commentary

  • That's all from the Aviva Stadium, where Ireland drew 2-2 with Austria. Thanks for reading.
  • Montenegro have equalised against England, while Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland all lost.
  • Germany ran out 4-1 winners in the other Group C game.
  • The late goal leaves Ireland level on points with Austria and Sweden in the Group C table.
  • Full-time at the Aviva Stadium, and that late goal inspires a chorus of boos from the home fans.
  • 90' + 3'
    Yellow Card David Alaba
  • 90' + 3'
    Austria continue to pressure, and David Alaba's shot is deflected up over David Forde to make it 2-2.
  • 90' + 2'
    Assist Martin Harnik
  • 90' + 2'
    Goal David Alaba
  • 90' + 2'
    Another nervy moment from Arnautovic's ball in, but Coleman does well to clear.
  • 90'
    Three minutes of stoppage time to be added.
  • 89'
    Two step-overs for the free-kick confuses the Irish defence, but not David Forde, who denies Janko.
  • 88'
    O'Shea fouls Janko, and gives Austria a free-kick in a dangerous position.
  • 88'
    Forde taking his time to kick out the ball as Ireland try to hold on.
  • 87'
    Great header down from Janko, but Weimann lost his footing in the middle of the area.
  • 84'
    Long put in a fantastic performance, and was instrumental in the Irish comeback.
  • 83'
    SubstitutionShane Long Paul Green
  • 82'
    Ball in from Walters is met by McClean, but he has to stretch to head it and the goalkeeper gathers.
  • 81'
    Yellow Card Shane Long
  • 81'
    Coleman does well to clear the free-kick, as Ireland look to wind down the clock.
  • 80'
    Shane Long comes back to take on Baumgartlinger, and picks up a yellow for his troubles. He's now out of the Faroes game.
  • 77'
    Poor shot from Long, but he was offside and it would not have counted.
  • 75'
    Nervy stuff from Ireland at the moment, who could do with a breather.
  • 74'
    Weimann looking lively since coming on, and delivers a dangerous ball which Forde picks up.
  • 72'
    SubstitutionCiaran Clark Sean St Ledger
  • 72'
    Ciaran Clark is holding his shoulder and has to come off.
  • 70'
    Ireland don't seem to have the energy to press as much as they were, and Austria are getting a bit more space and time on the ball.
  • 69'
    SubstitutionVeli Kavlak Andreas Weimann
  • 69'
    Kavlav taken off before he can pick up that second yellow, with Aston Villa forward Andreas Weimann coming on. His first bit of play is a good run down the right.
  • 68'
    Third successive corner from Ireland, but Wilson's header goes wide.
  • 67'
    Fantastic save from Linder to put the ball over after McClean whips in the ball for O'Shea.
  • 67'
    Great ball from O'Shea sees Long get in behind the defence. His cross for Walters is cut out to win a corner.
  • 65'
    Long-range effort from Fuchs, but Wilson blocks it for another corner. Forde comes out well to claim.
  • 64'
    Austria have had most of the possession in the last five minutes, but haven't done much with it.
  • 62'
    SubstitutionPhilipp Hosiner Marc Janko
  • 62'
    Hosiner failed to have the same impact as on Friday, and was quiet for the hour he was on the pitch.
  • 61'
    Good tackle from Coleman on Fuchs sees Austria win their first corner.
  • 60'
    Ireland pressuring high up the pitch, which is making it more difficult for Austria to find space.
  • 58'
    Kavlav goes in hard on Sammon. Lucky not to pick up a second yellow card there.
  • 57'
    Great challenge from Clark sets Long on the run, but he's outmuscled by the two centre-backs when bearing down on goal.
  • 56'
    Heinrich Schmidtgal gets one back for Kazakhstan. Germany now 3-1 up.
  • 55'
    Harnik is the dangerman again. Crosses in for Garics, but the defender can't direct his shot goalwards.
  • 54'
    Harnik does well to get inside Wilson, but Forde gets down to make the save.
  • 53'
    Coleman under pressure again, but Forde comes out quickly to clean it up.
  • 51'
    Clever bit of skill from Coleman under pressure from Alaba. Does well to ease the pressure.
  • 50'
    Long is the target once again, and wins a free-kick from Harnik. The West Brom man has been excellent so far.
  • 49'
    Clash of heads between Wilson and Harnik, but both players look to be okay.
  • 48'
    McClean's free-kick curls over the wall and ripples the outside of the net.
  • 47'
    Lively start again by Ireland, with Sammon winning a free-kick on the edge of the area.
  • 46'
    Back underway at the Aviva Stadium.
  • The teams are coming back out for the second-half. It's stopped snowing in Dublin.
  • In the crucial Group I game, Spain and France are scoreless at half-time.
  • Scotland are also doing well in Serbia, 0-0 after 54 minutes.
  • Also half-time in Windsor Park, where Northern Ireland are drawing 0-0 with Israel.
  • Wales lead Croatia 1-0 thanks to Gareth Bale's penalty kick.
  • Wayne Rooney has given England the lead in Montenegro. 8.00 kickoff there.
  • It's half-time in the other Group C game, where Germany lead 3-0 against Kazakhstan thanks to goals from Marco Reus, Mario Gotze, and Ilkay Gundogan.
  • Ireland have had 3 corners to Austria's 0, with 3 shots on target to 1.
  • It's been an entertaining half in Dublin, with both sides creating chances. Ireland have had more efforts on target, and deserve their lead.
  • Two goals from Jon Walters see Ireland come from behind to lead at half-time at the Aviva Stadium.
  • 45' + 1'
    Assist Glenn Whelan
  • 45' + 1'
    Assist James McClean
  • 45' + 1'
    Goal Jonathan Walters
  • 45' + 1'
    Glenn Whelan steps up to take the corner instead of McClean, and his high ball finds Jon Walters who heads into the bottom corner for his second.
  • 45'
    Good ball from Whelan finds McClean again, who wins another corner.
  • 45'
    McClean breaks again, and chooses to shoot rather than cross, winning a corner.
  • 44'
    Long causing more trouble, and delivers a dangerous cross. Unfortunately Walters gets too much on his header, and it's straight to Linder with Sammon waiting in the area.
  • 43'
    Yellow Card Veli Kavlak
  • 43'
    Sammon tries to flick on the free-kick for Walters, but it's gathered by Linder.
  • 43'
    Austria's first booking of the game. Fine passing play from Ireland, and Long draws the foul from Kavlak.
  • 42'
    Plenty of snow falling in Dublin now, but Ireland push on for a second.
  • 41'
    Fine passing move from Austria causes a bit of panic in the Irish box, but O'Shea clears.
  • 40'
    Push in the box by Walters after a good ball in by McCarthy. Ireland on top in the last few minutes.
  • 38'
    Header from Sammon to Long finds McClean. The winger puts the ball in, and it falls to Long, who tries to backheel it in, but the ball comes back out off the post. Great reactions by Long, who was unlucky to be denied by the woodwork.
  • 37'
    A poor clearance from Forde comes to nothing as Ireland pressure well.
  • 35'
    Yellow Card John O'Shea
  • 35'
    O'Shea picks up a booking after getting ticked off on a couple of occasions earlier. Deserved yellow after a push in the middle of the park.
  • 33'
    McClean delivers another dangerous ball in. It breaks to Whelan on the edge of the area. The Stoke man tries to take it down when maybe he should have struck it first time, and Austria clear.
  • 32'
    Another great takedown from Long in a dangerous position. Sammon can't connect with his cross, but it's much improved from Ireland.
  • 30'
    Lovely bit of interplay between Sammon and Long sees McClean try to break down the left. Substitute Baumgartlinger does well to close him off.
  • 28'
    Wilson beats Harnik to the header from Arnautovic's cross and Forde easily collects. Good cross, but a better header from Wilson.
  • 27'
    SubstitutionZlatko Junuzovic Julian Baumgartlinger
  • 27'
    Pogatetz need not have gone in so hard on Long there, as there was no Irish players in support, but Giovanni Trapattoni looks pleased with the decision.
  • 26'
    Meanwhile, Austria have replaced Junuzovic who can't continue after the earlier tackle by McCarthy.
  • 25'
    Penalty Goal Jonathan Walters
  • 25'
    Jon Walters equalises from the spot, sending Linder the wrong way.
  • 24'
    Penalty to Ireland. Shane Long does well to hold up the ball in the box waiting for support, and is taken out by Pogatetz.
  • 23'
    McClean bursts down the left, and gets in a good cross. Pogatetz and Linder clash and Sammon almost connects with the loose ball in the box. Best bit of Irish play so far.
  • 22'
    Yellow Card James McCarthy
  • 21'
    Finally the referee goes about taking his cards out of his pocket, meaning McCarthy will miss the game against the Faroe Islands. Harsh booking.
  • 20'
    James McCarthy lucky to escape a booking after going in high on Junuzovic.
  • 19'
    Long should have had a corner, but the referee gave a goal kick despite it going out off the Austrian defender.
  • 18'
    Austria closing down well at the moment and forcing Ireland to play it long.
  • 17'
    Appeals for a handball are turned down following McClean's high cross in for Walters. The ball may just have hit Alaba's outstretched arm.
  • 16'
    James McClean makes another roving run inside. The Sunderland winger looks to be continuing his good form from Friday.
  • 15'
    Shane Long does well to beat his man out wide, but his cross doesn't find a green jersey and is booted away.
  • 14'
    The Aston Villa defender does better there, cutting out a dangerous cross from Arnautovic.
  • 12'
    Clark should have played it sooner, and got caught in possession. Ireland will have to impose themselves more now.
  • 11'
    Assist Zlatko Junuzovic
  • 11'
    Goal Martin Harnik
  • 11'
    Error from Ciaran Clark gifts Austria the ball, and Harnik finishes well past Forde to give the visitors the lead.
  • 10'
    Corner comes to nothing after a low ball in from McClean. His set-pieces weren't up to scratch on Friday either.
  • 9'
    Long ball from Forde is headed on by McClean to Sammon, who shows good skill to take it down. The resulting move leads to a corner from Wilson's cross.
  • 7'
    Both teams mixing up short and long passing. No real rhythm to the game yet.
  • 5'
    Threating run from James McClean forces Aleksandar Dragovic to make a good block. Goalkeeper Heinz Linder had already dived.
  • 5'
    Long ball falls well to Shane Long. The assistant flags for offside, but the West Bromwich Albion striker was half a yard onside.
  • 4'
    After some slick passing from Austria, Ireland win it back when Conor Sammon is fouled.
  • 3'
    Early pressure from Austria, Ciaran Clark does well to clear twice.
  • 2'
    Bayern Munich defender David Alaba has been marked out as the dangerman, and goes close with a curled free-kick.
  • 1'
    Two sloppy passes from James McCarthy and then Glenn Whelan causes some early pressure with a free-kick.
  • 1'
    Austria get us underway at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
  • A moment's respect to the late Con Martin before we kick off.
  • Three Irish players one booking away from suspension: Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy, and Shane Long.
  • Both teams have strikers winning their third caps. Conor Sammon makes his first competitive start for the Boys in Green, while Philipp Hosiner is kept up front after scoring two against the Faroe Islands on Friday.
  • The anthems are underway in Dublin. Schalke's Christian Fuchs is Austria's captain, making his 53rd international appearance.
  • It's a cool evening in Dublin, and Irish President Michael D Higgins has wrapped up well to greet the players.
  • John O'Shea leads the Republic of Ireland out at the Aviva Stadium. Good attendance tonight, with over 3,000 travelling fans clad in red.
  • Austria team: Lindner; Garics, Pogatetz, Dragovic, Fuchs; Arnautovic, junzovic, Kavlak, Alaba; Hosiner, Harnik.
  • Republic of Ireland starting XI: Forde, Coleman, Wilson, O'Shea, Clark, Walters, Whelan, McCarthy, McClean, Sammon, Long.
  • Marc Wilson passed a late fitness test for the Boys in Green and starts at left-back.
  • Fit-again Glenn Whelan replaces Paul Green in midfield, while Conor Sammon comes in instead of Robbie Keane up front. The Irish captain has a calf strain and misses out.
  • Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has made just two changes from the side which drew 0-0 with Sweden on Friday.
  • Welcome to's live coverage of the Republic of Ireland versus Austria from the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. I'm Ronan Murphy, and you can follow me on twitter at @swearimnotpaul .