FT: Ireland 1-1 Austria. Ireland salvage a point late on but will feel that's a missed opportunity, especially given the controversial disallowed goal late on. For the time being though, Ireland are top of the group.
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Republic of Ireland - Austria
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Tough to argue with this view of the disallowed goal.
Austria are glad to just get rid of the ball, clinging on currently.
Four more minutes of chaos added on.
Walters almost scores again in similar fashion but his shot is this time deflected. McGeady picks up the rebound and crosses, only for it to be cleared to Hoolahan who volleys at goal but sees his effort blocked. It's all happening!
Ireland have the ball in the net again, Duffy nodding in from close range after Murphy's header was cleared up in the air off the line, but it's disallowed apparently for a push. That looks a very soft call.
- GoalJonathan WaltersRepublic of Ireland
GOAL! Ireland are level! Walters chases what looks like a lost cause and is too strong for Dragovic, muscling him off the ball before smashing the bouncing ball into the far corner.
Grillitsch plays a nice one-two with Lazaro but can't finish the move, as Randolph pulls off a great double stop.
This time it's Austria who are inches away from scoring as Kainz sends a cross into the six yard box and Lazaro is agonisingly close to meeting it.
So close again! Long meets Brady corner and thinks he's scored but Lainer hacks the ball off the line and McClean blazes the follow-up over.
A hopeful Brady cross wins Ireland a corner, but first Grillitsch comes on for Junuzovic.
- OffGlenn WhelanRepublic of Ireland
- OnAiden McGeadyRepublic of Ireland
Last roll of the Irish dice; Whelan off, McGeady on.
- OffGuido BurgstallerAustria
- OnMartin HarnikAustria
Burgstaller, who has not had a lot of service, makes way for Harnik who scored the last time Austria played here.
How did that not go in? Hoolahan sends in a delicious cross which Murphy flicks on and Lainer, six yards from his own goal, badly miscues his clearance but the ball spins into the arms of his goalkeeper.
- OffHarry ArterRepublic of Ireland
- OnWes HoolahanRepublic of Ireland
Hoolahan is finally on, taking the place of Arter.
Austria go on a forward foray for the first time in what feels like hours as Burgstaller skips past Duffy but Christie bails out his team-mate with a smart tackle, and Ireland clear the resultant corner.
Christie's long throw-in is flicked on by Walters and then McClean in the direction of Murphy, but he's unable to take the ball down.
McClean wins the ball back in the opposition half and, despite having options, chooses to go alone. After a couple of feints he drags a shot wide from 20 yards.
Austria are under a tonne of pressure but survive, as first Arter has a shot blocked and then Christie sends a cross straight out of play.
Duffy wins the first header from another long ball into the Austria box and Prodl has to turn it behind with a number of green shirts queuing up behind him.One-way traffic at the minute.
- OffStephen WardRepublic of Ireland
- OnDaryl MurphyRepublic of Ireland
O'Neill makes his first change, replacing Ward with Murphy. Brady will drop into left-back and it looks like Ireland have gone 4-4-2.
Walters is dispossed on the edge of the Austria box and the ricochet falls for Arter but he smashes wide.
Hinteregger, the goalscorer, picks up the ball 25 yards out and gets a bit over-excited, blasting well over.
Austria have looked vulnerable from set pieces but do better this time, heading clear an inswinging Brady free-kick.
Dragovic makes a superb last-ditch tackle to deny Walters who looked to be racing through on goal, just moments after Long squandered a promising chance at the back post. Ireland looking dangerous all of a sudden.
Alaba surges forward and plays a nice one-two with Kainz but the return ball is just a little too far in front of him and, over he ends up slicing over.
We're back underway. No changes at the break, but could we see Hoolahan soon?
- Yellow cardCyrus ChristieRepublic of Ireland
HT: Ireland 0-1 Austria. The visitors lead thanks to a well-worked corner routine and are decent value for that lead, although Ireland have slowly grown into the match.
Whelan picks up a loose ball in midfield and takes a tumble but the referee plays advantage as the ball runs to Walters but he fails to capitalise, dragging a shot wide from the edge of the box.
A big chance for Ireland as an inswinging Brady corner finds Long, five yards from goals, but he is unable to adjust his body quick enough to bundle home.
Hard to disagree.
Christie flashes a cross across the face of goal, just out of Walters' reach.
Ireland look to respond from a corner of their own, which Arter and Hendrick take short to work a better angle for the latter to cross from, but he sends the ball straight out of play.
- Yellow cardCyrus ChristieRepublic of Ireland
Christie catches Kainz with a late one and he too gies into the book.
- GoalMartin HintereggerAustria
GOAL! Austria lead! Alaba sends in a low corner from the left which is dummied by Prodl and then fired home from just behind the penalty spot by Hinteregger.
- Yellow cardRobbie BradyRepublic of Ireland
Hinteregger moves the ball too quickly for Brady, who was committed to the tackle and wipes him out to pick up a yellow card.
Hendrick finds space between Austria's midfield and defence, turns to run at said defence and then looks to slide in Walters who is flagged offside but couldn't control the pass anyway. The hosts have come alive in the last few minutes.
Even better from Ireland still. Brady is again invloved, crossing from the left for McClean who tees up Walters with a deft touch but the Stoke man sidefoots wide from 18 yards.
Better from Ireland as Brady and the overlapping Christie combine down the right, but the latter's cross is blocked.
Burgstaller whips in a lovely cross from the corner which fizzes through the six yard box but nobody can quite get on the end of it.
Kainz shows good speed to get away from Brady down the left and then sends in a low cross that's put behind by Duffy.
Applause from the home fans as Seamus Coleman, who is watching the match, is shown on the big screen.
Dragovic is adjudged, harshly, to have fouled Walters challenging for a bouncing ball and Ireland are given a free-kick 30 yards from goal. Brady decides to go for goal and sends it straight into the wall.
This has been a poor start from the hosts, who haven't really had a kick in the Austria half.
Austria have started positively and win the game's first corner, which Alaba takes and Duffy heads clear.
An early chance on the break for Austria as Kainz cuts into the box from the left and then squares for Januzovic, who doesn't make the cleanest of connections with his shot, and Randolph saves pretty easily.
Austria are awarded a cheap free-kick in the Irish half but Alaba can't capitalise, failing to beat the first man.
The anthems are done, a quick period of remembrance applause is done, and the home side get the game underway.
The two teams are out on the pitch and have just been introduced to Irish President Michael D. Higgins. Now time for the anthems.
Walters of course starts again today and he spoke pre-match of his relief that club-mate Marko Arnautovic wouldn’t be lining up for the opposition due to suspension.
Austria’s last visit to the Aviva Stadium finished 2-2. Jon Walters scored a brace while Martin Harnik and a late David Alaba leveller secured parity.
Ireland haven’t qualified for a World Cup since 2002. Austria’s last trip to the tournament proper was in 1998.
Bit of niche trivia - today is Ireland's last game in an Umbro kit.
McClean also scored a little more than a week ago when Ireland looked good in dispatching Uruguay, not that you can read too much into friendlies.
Ireland beat Austria 1-0 in the reverse fixture thanks to a great goal on the counter-attack by James McClean, and the West Brom man has made himself one of the boys in green’s most important players, scoring all three of their most recent goals in qualifying.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Randolph, Christie, Long, Duffy, Ward, Whelan, Arter, Hendrick, Brady, Walters, McClean.
AUSTRIA: Linder, Lainer, Dragovic, Prodl, Hinteregger, Junuzovic, Alaba, Baumgartlinger, Lazaro, Kainz, Burgstaller.
Good afternoon and welcome to LIVE coverage of this Group D clash between the Republic of Ireland and Austria. With Serbia not in action until later, even a draw will see Ireland go top of the group but they will be disappointed with anything other than a win today. Austria meanwhile can't afford defeat or they can forget what faints hope they still have of qualification.
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