Last November, Ireland dug deep to record a famous victory over Austria in Vienna, to set the Boys in Green up nicely in Group D. James McClean’s strike just after half-time proved to be the difference, but a remarkable defensive display to keep out David Alaba and Co. was key.
Alaba, a tormenter of Ireland in the past, failed to stamp his class on the game. The resurgent Austrians travel to Dublin next month knowing that a win would put them right back into the qualification picture.
With that in mind, Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane may be slightly worried today, after seeing what the Austrian superstar produced in the Bundesliga.
Bayern Munich were trailing 4-3 to second-placed Leipzig today, entering the dying embers of the game.
The 24-year-old stood over a free-kick, after persuading Robert Lewandowski that he was the right man for the job.
Alaba hit the ball, and it stayed hit. The goalkeeper didn’t even move!
— Yaya2 (@yayaajax) May 13, 2017
Here’s another angle:
My word. Take a bow, David Alaba!
— James McCarthy (@JMcCarthyLIVE) May 13, 2017
Not satisfied with a draw, the reigning champions went on to find a winner through Arjen Robben.
However, with less than a month to go to the crucial World Cup qualifier on June 11, the Irish management may be concerned about what an in-form Alaba could do, particularly considering the fact that the Irish right flank is looking bare as Seamus Coleman continues his recovery.