In a drab and scrappy affair in Vienna on Tuesday night, Ireland fell to defeat against their nearest rivals for qualification on a score-line of 1-0.
The result signals an end for the Republic of Ireland’s very slim hopes of securing second place as it follows on from another loss against Sweden last Friday.
In truth, Giovanni Trapattoni’s side didn’t deserve to get the three points, as they proved themselves inadequate in attack, and inept while in possession of the ball for large periods.
However, Austria looked slightly more convincing in attack. Nonetheless, their squad also lacks any real depth, and if it hadn’t been for a little bit of individual brilliance from David Alaba, this tie would most certainly have ended scoreless and without any real incident of note.
On occasion, he threatened to unlock the Irish defence with a clever ball in behind, however the excellent awareness of Richard Dunne and company at the back were more than equal to his creations – until his late strike thundered past David Forde and into the back of the net.
The Boys in Green simply had no response or plan B as their manager’s tactics became unraveled once more for all to see, and the match ended with Irish hopes dashed and the future of the national team in doubt.
Now, it looks as though Il Trap’s time in charge of Ireland is set to come to an end, as they’ve come up short once again.
So, it’s time to take a look at some the best tweets of the night as Ireland prepare themselves for yet another summer tournament they didn’t get an invite to:
Nomatter what any1 thinks there's nobody more gutted than us,the chance of playing in a World Cup in Brazil gone in 5 days is hard to take!
— Shane Long (@ShaneLong7) September 10, 2013
That, now, is the earliest Ireland have been eliminated in a qualifying campaign since 1983. Ever since, have always at least lasted til Oct
— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) September 10, 2013
Should be an interesting flight back to Dublin tonight with Trapattoni and FAI officials on board.
— Daniel McDonnell (@McDonnellDan) September 10, 2013
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