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Ireland Fans Mightily Relieved As Jon Walters Rescues A Point Against Austria

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Ireland’s advantage in the race for the 2018 World Cup was saved by a late Jonathan Walters equaliser against Austria.

Confidence was high among the Irish fan base going into this one, given the fact that Austria were missing some key players and in relatively poor form in the campaign so far.

However, a pedestrian start was punished on the half-hour mark when defender Martin Hinterigger steered home a corner after losing marker Stephen Ward.

The Boys in Green came back into the match in the second half, and the introduction of Daryl Murphy in the second half injected a bit more directness into the attack, and Jonathan Walters proved to be the hero yet again with a late finish to level it up.

That said, many still feel like Ireland dropped two points on Sunday – very few players were spared the ire from fans.

Stephen Ward and Jeff Hendrick, in particular, might want to stay off of social media this evening:

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 11/6/2017 Ireland vs Austria Austria’s Zlatko Junuzovic with Stephen Ward of Ireland.
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Meanwhile, the introduction of Wes Hoolahan proved to be a popular one, but the decision to leave him out of the starting lineup still came in for criticism:

Ultimately though, Ireland remain unbeaten in the group and Austria still have it all to do to claw their way back into contention in the group:

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