May 29th, 2017

Gallery: All the best images from scoreless first half of Ireland vs Austria as both sides hit woodwork

SoccerBy Sunday World

Ireland are drawing 0-0 with Austria in Vienna after 45 minutes of the World Cup qualifying Group D clash.

Austria had the best chances of the first half hour, with Marc Janko blazing over in the 25th minute.

However, as the game progressed Ireland were able to stamp some authority on proceedings without creating much.

The best chance for the Boys in Green was a right-foot James McClean shot which was deflected wide of Ramazan Ozcan's post.

Jon Walters will also felt he could have done better with a 31st-minute header in the six-yard box which he could only glance wide after Robbie Brady delivered an excellent free-kick.

Glenn Whelan was forced off with what looked like a thigh injury after 24 minutes, with David Meyler taking his place.

Ireland started out with James McClean as an unorthodox second striker but the diamond formation was switched to a more familiar 4-2-3-1 when Meyler was introduced:

Marko Arnautovic broke into the Irish box with ten minutes left in the half but a superb Seamus Coleman challenge prevented the Stoke City forward from shooting.

The winger then put Marcel Sabitzer through on goal, with Ireland extremely lucky not to concede as the striker hit the crossbar after chipping Darren Randolph.

Ciaran Clark then prevented Janko from tapping home with a goalline clearance as the Boys in Green rode their luck in Vienna.

Just before half-time, Ireland hit the woodwork themselves as an excellent Robbie Brady ball from the left found Jon Walters in space in the box but the striker was unable to convert, clipping the top of the Austrian crossbar.