Austrian captain Christian Fuchs leads his charges to the Aviva Stadium knowing the last time his countrymen won in Dublin, it spelt the beginning of the end for the home manager. Will a repeat result have the same outcome?
In 1995, Toni Polster scored twice along with Andreas Ogris to inflict a 3-1 defeat on Jack Charlton’s Republic, the game which followed the infamous Harry Ramsden Challenge.
It was the catalyst for a series of poor results which eventually saw Ireland defeated in the Anfield play-off with Holland and signalled the end of Jack’s iconic reign as Irish boss.
Current Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni is a man under pressure his Republic side is buoyed by an impressive away draw in Stockholm last Friday. The manner of the result has reignited the interest of the Irish supporters and injected a new lease of life into Trapattoni’s tenure as coach.
The style of play in Stockholm has home fans baying for more of the same but Austria arrive in Dublin full of confidence after their 6-0 demolition of the Faroe Islands.
Austria Vienna striker Philipp Hosiner will lead the attack at the Aviva Stadium having grabbed two on Friday night. Austria have conceded just two goals in qualifying both coming in the narrow 2-1 home defeat to Germany.
Tuesday’s opposition were unlucky not to take a point from that game. Philip Lahm was forced to cleared Guido Baumgartlinger’s header off the line late on before Marko Arnautovic skewed an effort wide just inches from goal.
The Austrian team also includes Bayern Munich full back David Alaba, and West Ham’s Emanuel Pogatetz.
The visitors to Lansdowne Road are captained by the headline writer’s dream, Christian Fuchs.
Current boss, the Swiss born Marcel Keller has been in charge since October 2011.The last time Switzerland and Austria combined to scupper Ireland was during our failed bid to host the 2008 European Championships, which of course was hosted by the European neighbours.
Currently ranked 79th in the Fifa world rankings, Austria last qualified for the World Cup in 1998. Their highest ever finish was third place at the 1954 tournament in Switzerland.