December 5th, 2016

Gallery: The best pictures from incredible Ireland win against Austria

SoccerBy Sunday World

Ireland have stormed to the summit of Group D after picking up a crucial 1-0 away win in tonight's World Cup qualifier against Austria in Vienna.

The decisive moment came just after half time when Wes Hoolahan played in James McClean on the left wing, with the West Brom man taking a touch before firing to the net from inside the box.

Ireland were well worth their win, soaking up the Austrian pressure initially before gradually taking control of the game.

The home side had a few half chances early on but the closest they came in the first half was when Marcel Sabitzer chipped the ball off the bar before Ciaran Clark cleared off the line.

Thereafter, Ireland had a huge opportunity. Robbie Brady sent a teasing ball across the face of the box but Jon Walters was unable to direct his shot under the bar from five yards out.

It was a great chance but Martin O'Neill's men didn't have to wait too long to break the deadlock through McClean.

Moments later it looked like 2-0, but Walters' header was ruled out for offside after a Brady free kick.

Ireland enjoyed the better of the play throughout the second half, creating a number of half chances without adding to their tally.

There were a few nervy moments late on but Ireland were able to hold on and record one of their most important away results in their history.

Via Independent.ie