Having drawn 0-0 in Vienna three weeks earlier, Ireland progressed to the last eight of the European Nations Cup thanks to a 3-2 win with two goals coming from Manchester United’s Noel Cantwell.
The Irish side, including Johnny Giles and the great Charlie Hurley, regained the lead through a Karl Koller own goal on 65 minutes but with eight minutes left, the visitors levelled matters with a strike from Rudolf Flogel.
With just one minute remaining a handball in the Austrian box gifted Ireland a penalty. Cantwell stepped up to slot home to spark the second pitch invasion of the day and secure the win for Ireland.
The win over Austria essentially made Ireland quarter-finalists for the 1964 European Nations Cup. Up until 1980, only four teams qualified for the final tournament. Sadly over two legs to reach the finals, Ireland were beaten 5-1 by Spain in Seville before losing 2-0 in the return leg in Dalymount.
The current squad has a connection to that day as goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly’s father was between the posts. (Kelly Jnr. was on duty the last time the sides met in Vienna in 1995 when a 3-1 defeat heralded the end of Jack Charlton’s time as Irish manager).
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