World Cup Qualification UEFA • Group D
  • 2nd Half
  • Austria
  • Wales
  • Janko
  • TaylorHuws
  • ArnautovicSchaub
  • JunuzovicSchöpf
  • VokesRobson-Kanu
  • Davies
  • AlmerÖzcan
  • AllenEdwards
  • Arnautovic
  • Arnautovic
  • 1st Half
  • Austria
  • Wales
  • Wimmer (o.g.)
  • Arnautovic
  • Allen

Austria - Wales
World Cup Qualification UEFA - 6 October 2016

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Phew, a enthralling evening's entertainment. Wales negotiate their toughest group match and come out with something to show for their troubles. The Dragons lead twice through Joe Allen and a Kevin Wimmer own goal, but were pegged back twice by Stoke's Marko Arnautovic. In truth, Austria dominated for long spells, and could easily have snatched all three points. Four points from two games for both. Georgia up next for Wales. Thanks for joining us. Full report and reaction to follow on site. Goodbye.


FT: Austria 2-2 Wales. Tremendous encounter. Another fantastic result for Wales.


Late Austria pressure. Can Wales hold on here? They are running the clock down at every opportunity.


Horrendous challenge from Janko on Gunter, but the imposing hitman is handed just a yellow card.


Late change for Wales, with Taylor replaced by Emyr Huws. Late reshuffle on the cards.


Five minutes of added time...


It did seem as though Hennessey's game was over, but he is adamant he can continue.


Arnautovic's game is over, as he is replaced by Louis Schaub. The Stoke player is not happy!


SAVE! Schopf finds space on the edge of the box and fires a low effort at goal. Hennessey gets down quickly to palm it away. He's stayed down.


Three corners in a row, but nothing comes of any. Free-kick conceded by Williams on the last.


Corner for Wales, but Joe Ledley fails to beat the first man. He is fortunate to get another go.


CLOSE! Arnautovic slices well wide from a good position after a swift Austrian counter. Seemed to get carried away. Should have hit the target.


The 4000 travelling Welshmen would love the final whistle now, but a late winner is not beyond them.


The Vienna crowd are really trying to spur their side on here. Alaba is the conductor, raising his arms to get people off their seats.


Alessandro Schopf replaces Januzovic, who got into some good positions but failed to really have an impact on the game.


Cap number 37 for Hal Robson-Kanu as he replaces Vokes, who put in an almighty shift.


Bale launches in another one, the ball comes back to him, he ghosts past two men, gets to the byline, drills low at goal, but Ozcan is down to palm it away.


Another Bale long throw causes problems, but Alaba sweeps the ball clear with Chester lurking.


Wales really hanging on here. Chester does brilliantly to keep out Alaba. Tremendous strength before being fouled.


A long ball into Vokes drops nicely for him about 25 yards out. He takes on the volley but gets it all wrong. Well wide.


Arnautovic again is in, but is well offside. Alaba with the pass. Bale had lost possession, but it is so difficult for the Welsh wizard as he is surrounded every time he gets the ball.


CLOSE! Chester should really hit the target after rising highest to meet a corner, but loops the ball over the top with his head.


Poor delivery from Alaba as his free-kick flies straight into the arms of Hennessey. Has gone off the boil a tad.


Good build-up from Austria. A cross from the right is cleared for a corner. Gunter rises high to clear at the near post.


This man's goal sees us level, here. Impossible to pick a winner!

Autria's Marko Arnautovic scores against Wales

Bale whips a free-kick into the middle, but Chester fouls his man. Free-kick to the Austrians.


Poor effort from the Austria star man. His shooting has been poor all night, and that free-kick was no better. Well over the top.


Strange passage of play as Alaba scuffs a pass to nobody, but in the background, Davies pulls down his man, and is cautioned. Free-kick in a dangerous position.


An injury blow for Austria now, as Almer finally gives up and is replaced by Ramazan Ozcan.


David Edwards is the man to replace Allen. Has walked into an almighty task.


Bale tries to carry the fight to the home side, but he is immediately halted. Back to one-way Austrian traffic.


That's your lot for Allen. Big blow for Wales as the Stoke midfielder limps off. No change yet.


Wales need to take stock for a second here. Austria are all over the visitors. Allen is down receiving treatment.


He's back.


Arnautovic flings an arm into the face of Gunter and earns a yellow card. Could have been more severe a punishment. Wales all over the place at the moment.


Allen delays far too long facing his own goal, his pass back is slack, Arnautovic is on it in a flash, races clear and strokes the ball home. Slight deflection takes the ball over the despairing dive of Hennessey.


GOAL! Austria 2-2 Wales. The action is relentless here as Arnautovic equalises. Allen's mistake is punished.


SAVE! Junuzovic curls a free-kick over the top of the wall, but Hennessey is down to smother.


Wales are on the verge of another incredible result. Can they hold on? Austria have started the second period very quickly indeed.

Wales' Joe Allen celebrates scoring their first goal with team mates

We are back under way here. No changes for either side. Almer seems fit to continue.


Another Welsh miracle...


HT: Austria 1-2 Wales. What an end to the half. Bale's long throw found the head of Vokes, he was denied by Almer, but the ball rebounded off the leg of the helpless Wimmer, on the floor, and bounced in. Wales had taken the lead through Allen's stunning volley, but had been pegged back by Arnautovic's equaliser. From then on, it was all Austria, but somehow the visitors are back in front!


GOAL! Austria 1-2 Wales. Against the run of play, Wales lead. Wimmer own goal on his first full international start!


Arnautovic fires at goal, is denied by Hennessey, but the flag is up for offside. Alaba again with the sublime pass.


Excellent refereeing from the Turkish official, telling Dragovic he was out of order, rolling around so theatrically.


Allen with the reverse pass, but Bale cannot get on the end of it. Better from the visitors. Williams lunges in on Dragovic, but escapes a yellow card.


Good spell for Austria. Alaba is controlling things. Wimmer gets in on the overlap down the left. His cross is long though and Taylor ushers it clear.


Almer is down getting more treatment, but seems to be able to carry on. The Austrian stopper may not come out for the second half.


SAVE! Hennessey again to the rescue. Florian Klein plays a neat one two, gets to the byline, pulls it back, Davies sticks out a foot, diverts towards his own goal, but Hennessey sticks out a hand to beat the ball away.


Wales back in it now after a nervy ten minutes. Austria still dominating the ball, however.


SAVE! Hennessey gets down well to deny Zlatko Junuzovic from the edge of the box. Two strong hands from the Welsh stopper.


Bale flings a long throw into the middle, causes all sorts of problems before being eventually cleared.


Bale and Wales come again. The Real man is everywhere, trying to spark his side into life.


Anything you can do...


Austria have got their tails up. Arnautovic sneaks into the area and is about to pull the trigger but Sabitzer gets in his way. They make a complete mess of things and Davies clears.


You cannot give a player of David Alaba's quality that much time on the ball. With time and space, Alaba clips the ball over the top for Arnautovic to glance a header home. Poor defending from Wales.


GOAL! Austria 1-1 Wales. Spoke too soon as Arnautovic heads home equaliser.


Just remember: Austria haven't lost a home qualification game since September 2012 to Germany (W8 D1).


Austria look shell-shocked. Alaba is resorting to shooting from distance. No chance of scoring from there.




Underestimate him at your peril...


Tremendous work from Bale down the left, his cross is dangerous, only half cleared, Allen arrives on the edge of the box, calls for it, and volleys home from 20 yards with his left foot. Stunning strike.


GOAL! Austria 0-1 Wales. Joe Allen can't stop scoring at the moment! What an opener!


Wales looking a little disjointed now, but the hosts' final ball really has been poor. Hennessey has still not been seriously tested.


Alaba finds space about 35 yards out. He looks for Janko in the middle but gets his cross all wrong. Goal kick.


Alaba, Alaba, Alaba, the Bayern Munich metronome is trying to pull the strings and is seeing all of the ball at the moment.


Joe Allen and King end up tackling each other in midfield and Austria have the chance to break. David Alaba flicks a ball over the top for Marcel Sabitzer but his pass skids off the surface and goes out for a throw.


Wales are very compact. Only really Bale and Sam Vokes are upfield. Still, the Dragons are a danger on the counter.


Davies goes long for Bale, but that is too much even for the Real Madrid speedster.


The game has calmed down after those two chances. Wales happy again to sit deep and slow the game down with the ball. Austria not interested in pressing high.


Williams has to stretch to keep out a low, fizzing cross. Austria are very dangerous on the break.


Great atmosphere in the stadium, but most are still stunned by Almer's agility. Good start from the visitors.


SAVE! My word, what a save from Robert Almer! Ben Davies's volley was heading well wide, but Bale got his head to it, glanced the ball towards the top corner, but Almer somehow stuck out a hand and clawed it out. Incredible.


CHANCE! Kevin Wimmer gets to a corner first, glances a header at goal, but Wayne Hennessey is across to make the save. Slack marking from the men in black.


Basel hitman Marc Janko is certainly a handful. Even Williams is struggling to cope.


Marko Arnautovic gives chase down the left, but Chris Gunter is positioned well, and manages to clear with ease.


Austria going long here early on, but Ashley Williams will relish such a tactic. Wales unable to get on the ball at the moment.


WE ARE OFF! Wales, all in black, get us under way here. Austria haven't lost on home soil for nine years - can Coleman's men make history, again?


BAD OMENS: Austria have never lost at home to Wales in four previous games (W3 D1). The only time Wales have avoided defeat in Austria was in April 1992, as Coleman equalised for the Dragons in a 1-1 draw.


FAMILIAR FOES: Wales last played Austria in February 2013, winning 2-1 with goals from Gareth Bale and Sam Vokes. This was Chris Coleman's second win as Wales manager. Both start tonight. A repeat would be another huge achievement.

Gareth Bale scores the opening goal for Wales against Austria

Atmosphere building...


Speaking to the press this week, Leicester forward Andy King feels the manner of the 4-0 win over Moldova in the Group D opener underlined the squad's growing maturity.

"It was a potential banana skin game for us," King said. "I thought the lads handled it really well, having had the highs in the summer and then almost be back to square one in terms of qualifying and going again for a major tournament. We've played in a lot of big games now. The tournament has obviously given us confidence and shown we can stand up against the best teams. But we also need to stay focused against the smaller teams, and that's what we did in the last game."

Andy King is expected to feature in Wales' World Cup qualifier against Austria with Aaron Ramsey again sidelined by injury.

DOUBLE CHANGE! Austria make two changes from 2-1 win over Georgia with Tottenham's Kevin Wimmer starting in place of Markus Suttner at full-back.

Tottenham defender Kevin Wimmer has signed a new contract with the club

Aaron Ramsey is again absent as Wales continue their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign. The Arsenal midfielder has been sidelined since suffering a hamstring injury during his club's opening Premier League game last month.

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey will be absent from Wales' World Cup qualifiers against Austria and Georgia

TEAMS - AUSTRIA: lmer; Klein, Dragovic, Hinteregger, Wimmer; Baumgartlinger, Alaba; Sabitzer, Junuzovic, Arnautovic; Janko... Subs: Lukse, Ozcan, Stangl, Ilsanker, Alar, Suttner, Prodl, Schaub, Schopf, Hinterseer, Gregoritsch, Lazaro. /// WALES: Hennessey, Taylor, Gunter, Williams, Chester, Davies, Ledley, Allen, King, Bale, Vokes... Subs: Fon Williams, Davies, Collins, Dummett, Huws, Edwards, MacDonald, Crofts, Robson-Kanu, Bradshaw, Cotterill, Lawrence


Hello and welcome to our LIVE text commentary of Wales' World Cup qualification clash with Austria in Vienna. Despite their Euro 2016 heroics, Chris Coleman's men are the underdogs this evening against the talented Austrians, on their own patch. Both sides are on three points after a positive start to the qualification campaign. I'm Pete Hall, and I will be bringing you the action, as it happens, live!