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Friday 20 October 2017

Austrians believe in win target

Austria’s Zlatko Junuzovic in action against Ireland in 2013. Pic: Sportsfile
Austria’s Zlatko Junuzovic in action against Ireland in 2013. Pic: Sportsfile

An under-pressure Austrian camp believe they have enough quality about them to steal three points in Dublin tomorrow and keep their own World Cup dream alive.

One of the first nations to qualify for Euro 2016, Austria flopped at the finals and have struggled since, and defeat to Ireland tomorrow (KO 5pm) would end their hopes of making it to Russia. Pressure has been heaped on coach Marcel Koller due to a series of squad woes which leave him missing up to seven members of his first-choice XI.

But ahead of their arrival in Dublin today, Austria - who are unbeaten in their last four visits to Ireland - are upbeat. "If we bring our quality to the pitch, we'll get away with the three points," says key man Zlatko Junuzovic. "Both teams are missing players, Ireland will compensate and we have to do that too."

Austria bring a 2,500-strong support to Dublin for the sold-out game.

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