World Cup Qualifying - European - Group D
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World Cup 2018: Republic of Ireland 1-1 Austria

Aleksandar Dragovic of Austria closes in on the Republic of Ireland's Jonathan Walters
Aleksandar Dragovic of Austria closes in on the Republic of Ireland's Jonathan Walters

The Republic of Ireland avoided a first defeat in World Cup qualifying thanks to a late Jon Walters equaliser against Austria at the Aviva Stadium.

Martin O'Neill's men trailed for most of the match to defender Martin Hinteregger's first-time strike in the 31st minute from a corner move.

They improved after the break and kept their unbeaten record thanks to Walters' 85th-minute volley.

The hosts then thought they had won it but Shane Duffy's effort was ruled out.

A draw means that O'Neill's team have still not been beaten in a competitive match since losing to France in the last 16 at Euro 2016.

The Republic remain second and level on points with Serbia, who drew 1-1 with Wales in Belgrade and boost a superior goal difference.

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Jonathan Walters levelled for the Republic against Austria

Republic's poor first half

O'Neill's men were well short of their best in the early exchanges and Austria, beaten by the Republic in Vienna earlier in the campaign, grew in confidence.

The visitors' goal came 14 minutes before the break and was a clearly rehearsed move from Bayern Munich star David Alaba's corner.

Sebastien Prodl let the ball run and Hinteregger directed a left-foot shot into the bottom corner and out of the reach of keeper Darren Randolph.

It was the first goal the Irish had conceded at home in the World Cup qualifying campaign.

The Republic of Ireland salvaged a draw thanks to Jon Walters' volley
The Republic of Ireland salvaged a draw thanks to Jon Walters' volley

Irish rally after the break

The hosts summoned a much better performance in a second half during which Daryl Murphy, Wes Hoolahan and Aiden McGeady came on as substitutes.

Stefan Lainer almost put into his own net from Hoolahan's ball from the right wing, but Eintracht Frankfurt keeper Heinz Lindner grasped the ball on the line.

Full-back Lainer came to his side's rescue in the 80th minute with a goal-line clearance from Kevin Long's flicked goalbound header, James McClean blazing the follow-up effort well wide.

With the hosts pressing, the Austrians attempted to grab a second but were denied when Randolph tipped away a shot by Florian Grillitsch.

The Republic took full advantage of that reprieve by equalising when Walters beat central defender Aleksandar Dragovic to fire in an accurate right-foot volley.

O'Neill's men then thought they had snatched an unlikely victory when Duffy bundled the ball over the line but it was disallowed.

Walters handy at home - the key stats

  • Martin O'Neill extended his unbeaten run in home qualifying matches as manager of the Republic of Ireland to nine (W5 D4).
  • Martin Hinteregger's 31st-minute strike was the first goal the Republic of Ireland have conceded in a qualification game at the Aviva Stadium since John O'Shea's own goal against Scotland in June 2015.
  • David Alaba has provided an assist in five of his last seven competitive outings for Austria, including the last two.
  • Five of the last seven goals the Republic of Ireland have scored in home qualifiers have been scored by Jonathan Walters.
  • Robbie Brady has been directly involved in six goals in his last nine internationals for the Republic of Ireland (three goals, three assists).

Line-ups

R. of Ireland

  • 23Randolph
  • 2ChristieBooked at 32mins
  • 20Duffy
  • 18Long
  • 17WardSubstituted forMurphyat 56'minutes
  • 22ArterSubstituted forHoolahanat 71'minutes
  • 6WhelanSubstituted forMcGeadyat 77'minutes
  • 10BradyBooked at 29mins
  • 13Hendrick
  • 11McClean
  • 19Walters

Substitutes

  • 1Westwood
  • 3Pearce
  • 4O'Shea
  • 5Keogh
  • 7McGeady
  • 8O'Kane
  • 9Murphy
  • 12Horgan
  • 14Hoolahan
  • 15Hourihane
  • 16Doyle
  • 21Hayes

Austria

  • 1Lindner
  • 2Lainer
  • 3Dragovic
  • 15Prödl
  • 4Hinteregger
  • 14Baumgartlinger
  • 22Lazaro
  • 8Alaba
  • 10JunuzovicSubstituted forGrillitschat 79'minutes
  • 9KainzSubstituted forGregoritschat 90'minutes
  • 19BurgstallerSubstituted forHarnikat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Wimmer
  • 6Laimer
  • 7Grillitsch
  • 11Harnik
  • 12Kuster
  • 13Stangl
  • 16Schaub
  • 17Klein
  • 18Danso
  • 20Gregoritsch
  • 21Alar
  • 23Bachmann
Referee:
David José Fernández Borbalán
Attendance:
50,000

Match Stats

Home TeamR. of IrelandAway TeamAustria
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home15
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Republic of Ireland 1, Austria 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Republic of Ireland 1, Austria 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Austria. Michael Gregoritsch replaces Florian Kainz.

Foul by Daryl Murphy (Republic of Ireland).

Florian Grillitsch (Austria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Wes Hoolahan (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Walters (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Foul by Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland).

Stefan Lainer (Austria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Daryl Murphy (Republic of Ireland) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Robbie Brady with a cross.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Stefan Lainer.

Goal!

Goal! Republic of Ireland 1, Austria 1. Jonathan Walters (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Robbie Brady.

Attempt blocked. Martin Harnik (Austria) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Alaba with a cross.

Corner, Austria. Conceded by Darren Randolph.

Attempt saved. Florian Grillitsch (Austria) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Florian Grillitsch (Austria) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Valentino Lazaro.

Offside, Republic of Ireland. Jonathan Walters tries a through ball, but Cyrus Christie is caught offside.

Attempt missed. James McClean (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Kevin Long (Republic of Ireland) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Robbie Brady with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Austria. Florian Grillitsch replaces Zlatko Junuzovic.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Sebastian Prödl.

Attempt blocked. Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick.

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Aiden McGeady replaces Glenn Whelan.

Substitution

Substitution, Austria. Martin Harnik replaces Guido Burgstaller.

Attempt missed. Valentino Lazaro (Austria) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Zlatko Junuzovic.

Foul by Kevin Long (Republic of Ireland).

Guido Burgstaller (Austria) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Wes Hoolahan replaces Harry Arter.

Corner, Austria. Conceded by Cyrus Christie.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Aleksandar Dragovic (Austria) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. James McClean (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by James McClean (Republic of Ireland).

Stefan Lainer (Austria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Harry Arter (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daryl Murphy.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Valentino Lazaro.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Sebastian Prödl.

Cyrus Christie (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Martin Hinteregger (Austria).

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Daryl Murphy replaces Stephen Ward.

goal

Match report follow later.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sweden6411124813
2France6411115613
3Netherlands6312136710
4Bulgaria6303912-39
5Belarus6123411-75
6Luxembourg6015617-111

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Switzerland6600123918
2Portugal65012231915
3Hungary62138717
4Faroe Islands6123210-85
5Andorra6114213-114
6Latvia6105212-103

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany66002712618
2Northern Ireland6411112913
3Czech Rep62319549
4Azerbaijan621339-67
5Norway6114610-44
6San Marino6006130-290

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Serbia6330137612
2R. of Ireland633084412
3Wales61509548
4Austria62229818
5Georgia6033610-43
6Moldova6024415-112

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Poland6510157816
2Montenegro6312147710
3Denmark6312106410
4Romania61327706
5Armenia6204714-76
6Kazakhstan6024416-122

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England6420102814
2Slovakia6402124812
3Slovenia632163311
4Scotland6222910-18
5Lithuania6123611-55
6Malta6006215-130

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain65102131816
2Italy65101841416
3Albania630378-19
4Israel6303912-39
5Macedonia6105813-53
6Liechtenstein6006124-230

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium65102422216
2Greece6330103712
3Bos-Herze6321135811
4Cyprus621359-47
5Estonia6114517-124
6Gibraltar6006324-210

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia6411112913
2Iceland641196313
3Turkey6321116511
4Ukraine632195411
5Finland6015410-61
6Kosovo6015318-151
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