Ireland salvaged a draw against Austria, thanks to Jon Walters’ 85th minute equaliser. This point could point could prove pivotal for the boys in green and temporarily moved them to the top of World Cup Qualifying Group D.
The first-half was very flat and lackluster from Martin O’Neill’s side, with not many opportunities troubling Lindner in the Serbia net.
Serbia took the lead through Martin Hintregger in the 31st minute. David Alaba’s corner found Hintregger via a couple of dummies and although the defender’s effort on goal was scuffed, it was enough to beat Darren Randolph in between the Ireland posts.
After the interval, on 60 minutes, Jon Walters would’ve been through on goal if it wasn’t for Aleksander Dragovic’s immense tackle. After a period of sustained pressure, Ireland eventually found a way through. Walters finally got the better of Dragovic and fired a venomous volley into the bottom-right corner. A vital goal for Ireland’s hopes to make it to Russia in 2018.
Shane Duffy thought he had won it for the hosts but his effort was ruled out by the referee.
Without further ado, here are my ratings for the boys in green.