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Austria Under-21s leave Irish gobsmacked

Austria's Under-21 footballers made a cheeky finish against the Republic of Ireland (ROI) when they snuck an equaliser in the very last moment of the game.

ROI lead for most of the match - which was played just outside Vienna in Wiener Neudorf - after Keith Treacy's first half strike but the home side grabbed an unlikely equaliser in the 93rd minute when substitute Christoph Saurer curled the ball around Ireland keeper Stephen Henderson from short distance.

Saurer only received a call-up by manager Manfred Zsak because of injury to his first choice player.

The ROI dominated the friendly and thought that they had done enough to secure victory.

It took half an hour for Austria to create its first chance to score when Austria Vienna striker Rubin Okotie scuffed his shot wide from six yards. Okotie almost made amends 10 minutes later when he turned on the edge of the box and shot, but keeper Shane Redmond,was equal to the challenge.

Four minutes after the re-start it was Austrian goalkeeper Robert Olejnik who was at full stretch to palm away Alan Judge's long range effort.

It was another long-range effort that had Olejnik scrambling on 68 minutes, this time from James Ryan after the Ireland midfielder spotted the goalkeeper off his line and struck from 35 yards - only for Olejnik to turn it around the post for a corner.

The Irish contained the Austrians superbly in the second half and thought that they had done enough to win until LASK Linz midfielder Saurer struck with the last kick of the match.

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Austria U-21: Robert Olejnik, Franz Schiemer (captain), Niklas Hoheneder, Julian Baumgartlinger (Christoph Saurer, 62"), Florian Klein, Zlatko Junuzovic (Emin Sulimani, 28"), Marko Arnautovic, Christopher Drazan (Michael Madl 46"), Veli Kavlak, Rubin Okotie (Michael Stanislaw, 75") Harun Erbek (Andreas Schicker 46")

Republic of Ireland U-21: Shane Redmond (Stephen Henderson 46"), Seamus Coleman, Michael Liddle (Simon Madden, 73") Michael Spillane, Darren Dennehy (Garry Breen, 46"), James Ryan, Alan Judge, Stephen Gleeson (Josh O`Keefe 46"), Andrew Jackson (Padraig Amond, 63"), James Berrett, Keith Treacy (captain) (Karl Moore, 51")

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