|G||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Slovakia|
|C||Republic of Ireland||Sweden|
|G||Slovakia||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|C||Austria||Republic of Ireland|
A late goal from David Alaba helped Austria see off the Republic of Ireland by a solitary goal and set up a crunch tie with Sweden on 11 October.
The FC Bayern München man struck six minutes from time in Vienna to seal the three points and leave Ireland's hopes hanging by a thread. Austria now lie three points behind the second-placed Swedes with two games to play and the nations meet in their penultimate match to battle for a likely play-off spot, with Germany well clear at the head of Group C.
Both teams started nervously and chances were few and far between in the early stages. It was Ireland who slowly took command towards the end of the first half and almost took advantage of a defensive slip up by Austria with the interval approaching but Anthony Pilkington's effort slipped wide.
Marcel Koller's men reacted after the break with Alaba forcing a sharp save out of David Forde but Andreas Weimann was unable to turn in the rebound. Ireland threatened from distance on a few occasions but Austria stepped up the intensity and should have been ahead when Weimann connected with a Christian Fuchs cross, but Forde was up to the task once again.
It was mostly one-way traffic after the save as Austria had efforts from Martin Harnik and substitute Marko Arnautovic cleared off the line before Alaba came to the rescue; Fuchs' cross somehow found a way to the Bayern full-back, who fired it high into the net from six metres.
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|1||Robert Almer (GK)||1||David Forde (GK)|
|2||György Garics||2||Seamus Coleman|
|3||Aleksandar Dragovic||3||Marc Wilson|
|5||Christian Fuchs (C)||4||John O'Shea|
|11||Martin Harnik||9||Shane Long|
|14||Julian Baumgartlinger||10||Robbie Keane (C)|
|15||Sebastian Prödl||13||Jon Walters|
|12||Heinz Lindner (GK)||16||Keiren Westwood (GK)|
|4||Emanuel Pogatetz||6||Stephen Quinn|
|6||Andreas Ivanschitz||7||Robbie Brady|
|10||Marcel Sabitzer||12||Ciaran Clark|
|13||Markus Suttner||14||Darren O'Dea|
|17||Florian Klein||17||Paul McShane|
|20||Philipp Hosiner||20||Wesley Hoolahan|
|22||Manuel Ortlechner||22||Greg Cunningham|
|23||Ramazan Özcan (GK)||23||Darren Randolph (GK)|
|Marcel Koller (AUT)||Giovanni Trapattoni (ITA)|
|Olegário Benquerença (POR)|
|Ricardo Santos (POR), João Santos (POR)|
|Artur Dias (POR)|