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Alaba sends Ireland out of qualifying

10 Sep 2013 23:46:56

Alaba sends Ireland out of qualifying

David Alaba blasted Austria back into the race for World Cup qualification and dumped Ireland out of it with a dramatic late winner in a 1-0 win in Vienna.

The Bayern Munich midfielder broke the deadlock at the Ernst Happel Stadion with just six minutes remaining to keep the Austrians on the coat-tails of second-placed Sweden.

Ireland needed to emerge with a victory if they were to stand any chance of claiming the runners-up spot in Group C, and they now head into their final two games against Germany and Kazakhstan knowing even a maximum return would almost certainly not be enough to send them to Brazil next summer.


PA

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