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Republic of Ireland vs Austria Lineups

Ireland had to settle for a point in their World Cup qualifier against Austria on Sunday, and even at that had to rely on a late Jonathan Walters strike to achieve that.

That cancelled out Austria's opening goal, which arrived just after the half-hour mark and was the result of a well-worked corner routine.

Irish manager Martin O'Neill on the match officials: "I'm delighted to have got the equaliser and I thought that we had a legitimate, good goal disallowed".

Walters proved the Republic's saviour with five minutes to go as he chased down a long ball and held off Aleksandar Dragovic before firing a perfectly-placed volley into the far corner to earn his side a share of the spoils.

Duffy looked to have snatched a dramatic victor with a close-range header shortly after, only for the officials to rule out the goal for an apparent foul from the Ireland defender before he bundled the ball over the line.

Ukraine are second, two points behind leaders Croatia, who go to Iceland later.

Croatia slipped up at the top of Group I after a 1-0 defeat in Iceland.

With the absence of suspended Gareth Bale, Ramsey stepped in to put Wales ahead in the first half.

O'Neill had called Walters a warrior on the eve of the game and it certainly was a battling performance from the Stoke striker who deservedly got the Ireland goal.

Did Ireland have a goal unfairly disallowed? . James McClean then could take up his position as a left-winger. I think that the match score will be equal to, as played by two more or less equal teams.

"They play very hard, very aggressive, and tried to push us back".

"I thought that in the first half we were disappointing and that Austria started better than us", said O'Neill speaking to the media after the match. But we were also lucky not to concede a goal. He wasn't the biggest contributing factor to us playing poorly in the first half but their goal came as a outcome of...

Ireland were playing at home and we think they are happy with the draw because it keeps us at a distance.

Ireland was struggling in the first half but midfielder Daryl Murphy came off the bench in the second to rejuvenate the hosts.


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