DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland forward Jon Walters scored a late equaliser which
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Martin Hinteregger put the visitors ahead from a superbly worked corner in the
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The goal maintained Ireland’s unbeaten home record in nine competitive internationals since Martin O’Neill was appointed coach in late 2013.
They provisionally top Group D with 12 points, one ahead of Serbia, who were
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Ireland tried to turn the match into a physical scrap but the more refined Austrians struck the first blow.
David Alaba sent a low, outswinging corner into the middle of the penalty area, Sebastian Proedl let it go through his legs and Hinteregger met it first time to score from 12 metres.
Ireland were much more dangerous in the second half as Austria struggled to deal with repeated crosses into the area.
Stefan Lainer nearly put through his own goal but then rescued Austria shortly
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Austria had two chances to settle the match, when Valentin Lazaro just failed to make contact with a ball across the face of goal and substitute Florian Grillitsch’s shot was turned around the post by Darren Randolph.
They paid dearly for those misses when Walters went chasing after a long ball
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Ireland thought they had won when Shane Duffy headed in a loose ball from close range but it was disallowed for a foul.
(Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Ken Ferris)