Ireland 2 Austria 2: We can still qualify for Brazil, says Trapattoni
Ireland 2 Austria 2: Giovanni Trapattoni believes his side can still reach the World Cup despite a disappointing draw at the Aviva
Giovanni Trapattoni believes the Republic of Ireland can still qualify for the World Cup in Brazil despite being held to a disappointing draw by Austria at the Aviva Stadium.
The visitors took an 11th-minute lead when Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark was dispossessed by Zlatko Junuzovic and teed up Martin Harnik, who clinically finish past David Forde.
However, Jonathan Walters levelled from the spot after Shane Long had been fouled in Austria’s area before the Stoke City striker headed the home side into the lead in first-half stoppage time.
Ireland were on the brink of moving into second place in Group C ahead of Austria and Sweden before Bayern Munich midfielder David Alaba netted an equaliser in the 91st minute.
“There is a long way to go and we have the same possibility we had. This team can grow more in confidence and personality,” Trapattoni told RTE.
“Obviously, I am not satisfied with this draw, but I have got to accept that we were missing a bit of experience.
“But we hit the post through Shane Long and the [last] goal was a deflection, so I can say we have been a little bit unlucky – a little bit, but not much.”
Ireland are now in fourth place but level on points with Sweden, who occupy the play-off spot, and Trapattoni dismissed resignation talk after the result.
“Why [would I resign]? We are the same in the table. It has not changed.”